11 January 2023
Africa Data Centres has announced that it is building a second data centre in Cape Town.
The new facility will be in the north of the city and will have an IT load of 20MW. Construction is underway, and the facility will be up and running by mid-2024. The data centre will be 12,000 square metres of white space or the space available for customers to lease, although the physical site will be much larger than that.
“Cape Town is a thriving city and the second largest economy in South Africa,” said Tesh Durvasula, CEO, Africa Data Centres. “It is regarded as the country’s IT and software hub, and we are seeing significant growth in the data centre market in the region. It is a preferred site for both global and local providers of cloud software and IT services, and our facility will add capacity to the area and redundancy too.”
The build is also part of Africa Data Centres’ wide-scale African expansion drive, which will see the company building several new facilities across the continent. Africa Data Centres is investing further into the African market and is targeting Cape Town as a place to put deployments to offer a choice of world-class facilities. This enables customers to put down multiple sites for redundancy or simply gives them an additional option in the market.
“This second data centre facility in Cape Town increases the number of our data centres in South Africa to four and is part of our investment program to deliver an additional ten data centres in Africa,” said Hardy Pemhiwa, Group President & CEO, Cassava Technologies. “I would like to acknowledge the Western Cape Provincial Government and the Western Cape Department of Economic Development who have been extremely supportive as we expand our data centre facilities in Cape Town."
The second Cape Town facility is being built to Africa Data Centres’ new standard modular design, which will be deployed across Africa in multiple markets and already in Johannesburg at the company’s flagship Midrand facility. The modular design pioneered by Africa Data Centres ensures rapid scalability and a standardised design that enables the data centre to be populated as and when required.