SOUTH AFRICA – Africa Data Centres, the only pan-African network of interconnected, carrier-and cloud-neutral data centres on the continent, has completed its new Johannesburg data centre, based in its Midrand Campus which is one of the largest in Africa.
This ultra-modern facility continues to strengthen the leading position that Africa Data Centres has in the South African market.
The new hyperscale data centre is one of the continent’s most significant data centre deployments which alongside existing facilities across the Africa Continent further entrenches Africa Data Centres’ dominance on the Continent.
Commenting on the launch, CEO of Africa Data Centres, Stephane Duproz, said: “We are thrilled to be able to deliver to our existing and future customers the most modern data centre in Johannesburg. We are happy to be a partner in our customers’ growth by delivering capacity in this facility immediately. This investment demonstrates Africa Data Centres confidence in the South African economy and digital development.”
The new data centre is part of the company’s response to the demand for data centres as businesses across the continent accelerates their digital transformation journeys.
The unveiling of the new facility comes amidst Africa Data Centres’ announcement of plans to build 10 additional data centres in new countries and to significantly expand its data centre footprint by more than twice its current capacity across Africa.
The US$500 million expansion is to be financed by parent company Liquid Intelligent Technologies.
ADC said it is the continent’s largest-ever data centre expansion plan.
Stephane Duproz, Africa Data Centres’ CEO said: “Examining Africa’s growth trajectory has allowed us to make investment decisions on new locations and confidently commit to expanding selected existing locations, resulting in the largest investment of its kind in history.”
Duproz said land acquisition is ongoing and that the plan is “to roll-out very quickly” to meet the needs of customers.
ADC is seeing strong demand for services from SMEs, as well as players in the banking and fintech sectors, insurance and medical organisations, the public sector, hyper-scale cloud providers and content providers.
These industries, Duproz said, are highly sensitive to data speed, security, guaranteed uptime and are exacting when it comes to reliability and trust in their providers.
The new facilities will also bring new jobs in their localities.