Nov 4, 2020

Teraco breaks ground on Africa's largest data centre

Data Centres
Harry Menear
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The South African data centre provider is investing $250mn in the construction of a 38MW facility near Johannesburg
The South African data centre provider is investing $250mn in the construction of a 38MW facility near Johannesburg...

Johannesburg-based data centre operator, Teraco, announced today that the company has broken ground on a new hyperscale facility in Ekurhuleni, to the east of the city.

The data centre, known as JB4, will have a total capacity of 38MW and is predicted to be the largest data centre in Africa, comprising 50000 square metres of land serviced by 80MW of utility power supply.

Teraco - with financial backing and support from US investment firm Berkshire Partners - is investing $250mn into the project, the first phase of which is scheduled for completion in Q1 of 2022. 

The first phase will involve the development of eight 1,000 square metre data halls. The second phase will complete the facility’s build out, adding another eight halls and bringing total capacity up to 38MW. 


JB4 - Courtesy of Teraco

Teraco CEO, Jan Hnizdo, said in a statement that he expects the project to attract investment from hyperscale cloud operators to South Africa, driving digital infrastructure and cloud adoption in the country to new heights. 

“South Africa is strategically located at the tip of the African continent and as a result, is positioned as a technology and data centre hub for sub-Saharan Africa,” added Hnizdo. “This is further underpinned by growing undersea and terrestrial fibre connectivity to the rest of Africa. The continued increase of cloud adoption in Africa is also being enabled by investments in critical infrastructure, including hyperscale data centre facilities such as JB4. This will enable global cloud clients to service not only the South African market but reach the rest of the sub-Saharan African region as well.”

The JB4 facility will be the seventh data centre to join the company’s portfolio. The existing facilities that make up its platform include: the 39MW JB1/JB3 campus in Johannesburg; the Bredel JB2 data centre, which has a capacity of 13MW; the Rondebosch Cape Town CT1 facility with 3MW; the Brackenfell Cape Town CT2 18MW facility; and a 1MW data centre in Durban.

All told, once the new JB4 data centre is completed, Teraco’s total platform capacity is expected to exceed 110MW. 

Hnizdo added that, “Teraco continues to invest significantly into the region’s ICT infrastructure and has built what is now Africa’s largest data centre platform. We take pride in our vendor-neutral offering, enabling open access to interconnection and world-class resilient data centre infrastructure for all our clients”.

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Jun 22, 2021

NKG1 opens BDx Nanjing data centre campus

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Big Data Exchange (BDx) launches the first phase of its Nanjing data centre campus in China with the opening of NKG1.

Big Data Exchange (BDx), a pan-Asian data centre company has launched its Nanjing data centre campus in China with the opening of its first facility, NKG1. The company said they “celebrated” the launch of the campus, located in the Yangtze River Delta, one of the nation's richest regions and its largest import and export base. 

Following its certificate of completion from the Urban and Rural Construction Bureau of Jiangning District in Nanjing City, the NKG1 campus is “now serving customers”. Construction on the Nanjing campus began in February last year. 

"We worked through the challenges of completing a major construction project during the peak of the pandemic because customers were anticipating this launch to support an unprecedented surge of growth and capacity requirements”, said Bill Gao, EVP & Chief Executive Officer of BDx Greater China. 

"The launch of NKG1 enables BDx to have new world-class data centre infrastructure in China. It also lays a solid foundation for BDx to provide OTTs, financial services institutions, and Fortune 500 MNC customers with high reliability, high redundancy, and low latency solutions”, he added. 

What does the NKG1 data centre include?

According to BDx, the NKG1 facility is the first data centre in the city to earn the Uptime Institute Tier III Certification of Design Documents and offers 4MW of IT power for colocation. NKG1 is powered by two separate 10-kilovolt feeders from two substations that aim to provide the NKG campus with 60MVA of total power sanctioned from the grid.

During COVID-19, BDx says that its design and construction team focused on safety to ensure that the project was completed safely and without incident. This enabled the company to add critical capacity to this region and respond to the accelerated shift to digital environments that caused a surge in demand for data center services. “Research shows that demand hasn't dropped as the economy reopens”, BDx said. 

The launch of NKG2

Due to rising demand in China’s data centre market, BDx plans to launch the second phase of its Nanjing campus, NKG2, by the end of this year. “NKG2 is designed to be minimally manned and almost lights-out — a reigning philosophy across BDx's data center cluster. In addition, its highly automated features make for a more sustainable data center environment”, the company said.



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