Nov 4, 2020

Teraco breaks ground on Africa's largest data centre

Data Centres
Harry Menear
2 min
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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May 13, 2021

Equinix: Digital leaders expect changes to working patterns

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A report released by Equinix has revealed that digital leaders expect long-term changes to how and where people will work.

A global report released by Equinix has revealed that digital leaders expect long-term changes to the way people work. 

As part of the report, the data infrastructure company surveyed 2,600 IT decision-makers from several different businesses spanning 26 countries in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions. The study also highlighted the biggest technology trends affecting global businesses and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted digital infrastructure plans. 

Talking about companies’ expansion strategies, Claire Macland, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Equinix, said: “Many companies are now investing more in their digital infrastructure to enable them to embrace a hybrid working model and thrive in the new world of work we all find ourselves in. 

“Despite headwinds in many sectors, many organizations are continuing to expand physically and virtually into new markets and regions around the world”, she said. 

The findings

The report drew the following conclusions: 


  • 64% of the 2,600 digital leaders surveyed believed there will be “long-term changes to both how and where people will work in the future.
  • 57% of global companies intend to expand into new regions despite the effects of the pandemic 
  • 51% of businesses worldwide say they have rearchitected their IT infrastructure so that it can meet the demands of remote and hybrid working. Digital transformation has also been accelerated due to an increase in businesses’ technology budgets. 


How might digital transformation be affected post-pandemic? 

COVID-19 has demanded that companies make several changes to the way that they operate, including digital transformation. According to the study, 47% of those surveyed reported that they have accelerated their digital transformation plans because of the Coronavirus pandemic. A further 42% of organisations said their budgets have increased to keep up with the growth of digital transformation. 

Another change in adapting to the pandemic was to businesses’ IT strategies with six in 10 companies saying that it has been revised in response to the situation. 58% said they are looking to invest in technology to “improve agility’ post-COVID. 

When asked about their priorities for their digital strategy, 80% of respondents said that digitising their infrastructure was of utmost importance, while 57% viewed interconnection as a ‘key facilitator’ of digital transformation. 

"This increasing focus on digitization and expansion is one of the reasons why Equinix has continued to invest in its own growth. We completed 16 new expansions in 2020—our most active build year ever—and expect to continue to evolve Platform Equinix to support our customers as they continue on their digital transformation journey”, said Claire Macland. 

Potential concerns disperse over expansion plans being halted by COVID-19 

The study has also revealed that organisations’ previous concerns that the pandemic will negatively affect their business expansion plans have been lessened. 

57% of businesses have said that they “still have plans” to expand into new regions and of that percentage, nearly two-thirds (63%) plan to do so virtually instead of investing in physical IT infrastructure. 

The full Equinix report can be found here. 


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