Teraco, a vendor neutral data centre, is investing billions of Rands building a new 30MW data centre facility in Cape Town, which will be the second-largest data centre in Africa. The announcement of Teraco Cape Town 2 follows the recent announcement by the company that it would be expanding its Johannesburg data centre campus in Isando to a 60MW data centre facility.
Jan Hnizdo, chief executive officer of Teraco, says the construction of the site commenced in early March 2020. It will continue in line with local COVID-19 restrictions, with a targeted completion date of the third quarter of 2021. He says the completed facility will comprise of eight data halls encompassing 8 000m² of usable floor space, doubling the existing data centre capacity in the Cape Town region.
Investment in digital infrastruture
According to Hnizdo, the company is standing by its 2019 commitment to support the government’s investment drive by investing in South Africa’s digital infrastructure and is proud that they are investing in the region. He says the growth of cloud usage in the area has caused an increased demand for cloud providers, enterprises and sub-sea cable operators, which has driven the investment.
“Proximity to the cloud, ecosystems and the consumer market is vital in new digital architecture, as enterprises move their applications into the cloud and transform their businesses. Teraco launched its first data centre facility, CT1, in Rondebosch, Cape Town, eleven years ago and has since had four expansions. The historic building currently has sufficient capacity until the new site is brought to the market,” says Hnizdo.
Teraco’s offering to enterprises of resilient data centre facilities enables a choice of over 250 networks providing connectivity to Africa, with the lowest latency interconnection points to the cloud and content. With the recent announcements of direct interconnection availability to major cloud onramps, such as Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute and AWS Direct Connect, Teraco has seen a growing uptake in these services driven by the business market.
Hnizdo says Platform Teraco, an interconnected services marketplace, allows enterprises
to have direct private connections to all leading cloud providers in the most latency-efficient, secure and resilient manner possible. He s
ays businesses can deploy public, private and hybrid cloud strategies on this platform, which allows complete freedom of choice from a cloud provider perspective, as well as significantly reduced time and cost for businesses to access these cloud platforms.
Over the past decade, Teraco has focused on growing its ecosystems of carriers, content, financial services, business and service providers. Its offering is underpinned by providing clients with direct access to NAPAfrica, Africa’s largest Internet Exchange Point, via Platform Teraco.
According to Hnizdo, by deploying NAPAfrica within the new CT2 facility, Teraco expects to see further growth and benefits for the enterprise and content ecosystems in the region. He says they will continue to invest significantly in Africa’s ICT infrastructure and Platform Teraco, to create what is now Africa’s largest data centre platform.
“We take pride in our vendor-neutral offering, with open access to interconnection and world-class resilient data centre infrastructure for all our clients. Teraco is committed to growing its capacity footprint across its core hubs, ensuring clients have the certainty and flexibility of expansion to take part in the digital transformation happening across sub-Saharan Africa,” says Hnizdo.
Full thanks and acknowledgement are given to Teraco for the information in this article.
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