Vantage Data Centers, a leading global provider of hyperscale data centres has announced that is has commenced construction of its first African campus in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The 80MW campus is located in Johannesburg’s Waterfall City, a thriving data centre hub in the heart of the continent’s largest market. The campus will comprise of three facilities across 30 acres (12 hectares) with 60,000 sq m of data centre space, once fully developed. The first phase of the development, slated for completion in Q2 2022, will include a 16MW building.
“Johannesburg is the data center hub for sub-Saharan Africa due to its strategic location, IT ecosystem, fiber connectivity to the rest of Africa and the availability of renewable energy,” said Antoine Boniface, President, Vantage EMEA. “Our first campus has a planned investment of more than US$ 1 billion, and it will create hundreds of jobs to positively impact the local economy.”
Vantage favours highly standardised designs for its facilities, emphasising sustainable build practices and efficiency operations. The Johannesburg campus, according to the company, will feature “sustainable building features” that include “permeable landscaping and natural on-site drainage to protect precious resources”, as well as “ recycling, motion-sensor LED lighting and other elements for incremental energy and water savings throughout the campus, in addition to electric vehicle charging stations.”