Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Teraco opens 24MW data centre as hyperscale demand forces African infrastructure investment boom

Operator’s ribbon cutting ceremony comes weeks after Microsoft and AWS announced their plans to bring online facilities in South Africa.

South African data centre services provider Terado has opened its latest data centre facility in Johannesburg in the latest show of investment in IT infrastructure in Africa.

Lex van Wyk, CEO, Teraco

The site, a 6,000 sqm building, has been named Riverfields Hyperscale Centre and is situated on the east side of the South African city.

Riverfields is the fourth facility built by Teraco with locations in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.

Lex van Wyk, CEO, Teraco, said: “The Riverfields facility in Bredell brings our power provision to 50MW with over 18 000m2 of white space. All of which is required to meet the increasing demand for hyperscale computing.”

Teraco is not alone in responding to the growing demand for hyperscale infrastructure. Recent examples of the booming demand for hyperscale infrastructure in the continent have come from large cloud players such as Microsoft, which has announced plans to open data centres in South Africa to server the country’s and the continent’s businesses and users.

Wyk said: “Hyperscale computing has grown enormously, as has demand for colocation facilities.

“These trends combined are shaping the way forward for Africa and we anticipate significant uptake as more service providers pinpoint Africa as a growth market.”

According to recent research from Synergy Research Group, the number of hyperscale data centres globally has shoot up to 320 hubs operated by 24 companies worldwide in 2016.

Further market forecasts project the hyperscale data centre market to be on a route towards $71.2bn in market capitalisation by 2022, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.7%.