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Photos: Expansion of Midrand’s facilities in Tour Africa’s data centers

Pan-African Cloud Neutral Data Center Provider Data centers in Africa recently completed the first phase of the expansion of its Midrand-based data center (JHB1), with the aim of providing the wide range of colocation services required by its African business customers.

The expansion, according to the company, is in response to growing demand for data centers, as businesses across the continent accelerate their digital transformation journeys in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Inside the JHB1 data center.

Inside the JHB1 data center.

Africa Data Centers is part of the fiber solutions provider Cassava technologies, based in 14 countries, primarily in East, South and Southern Africa, provides mobile operators, operators, businesses, media and content companies with high-speed connectivity solutions.

The company has three data centers in SA, in Midrand (JHB1), Centurion (JHB2) and Elfindale, Cape Town (CPT1).

The JHB1 data center now offers a range of colocation services, from low density racks for small businesses to high density racks for large businesses.

During a media tour last week, Dr Angus Hay, Managing Director of Africa Data Centers, Southern Africa Region, noted that the capacity of the new facility has been increased by 10MW of IT load. .

“The total capacity available on this campus can reach 15 MW. We achieve an energy use efficiency (PUE) of between 1.3 and 1.4 PUE, ”explained Hay.

“The facility has 6,000 square meters of white space, where we house our IT equipment and provide colocation services. We specialize in providing electricity, maintaining humidity and regulating temperature for our customers, through a level three infrastructure.

The data center is connected to a white box server, which helps organizations run their operating systems. It is equipped with a power source, as well as tools to help customers control humidity and temperature, among other services.

The 6,000 square meters of white space.

The 6,000 square meters of white space.

Africa Data Centers plans to build 10 additional data centers on the continent and expand its data center footprint to more than double its current capacity across Africa.

The company has invested nearly 4 billion rand for extend further its two Johannesburg-based data centers with 30MW to 100MW of IT load.

The data center storage system.

The data center storage system.

In terms of the use of renewable energies, the JHB1 campus is equipped with solar photovoltaic energy sources and several generators to bypass Eskom’s load shedding periods. Africa Data Centers has set itself the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

“We currently use around 1 MW of solar power on campus. In light of the new regulations, we are busy contracting to purchase electricity from independent power producers and we are looking to add 10MW of solar power, ”said Hay.

Fiber optic network cabling.

Fiber optic network cabling.

Photos: Expansion of Midrand’s facilities in Tour Africa’s data centers

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