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Teraco completes SA JB4 datacentre addition

By , ITWeb
Africa , South Africa , 02 Nov 2022

Hyperscale requirements have expanded due to increased demand for cloud services in Africa.

Datacentre and interconnection platform provider Teraco has completed the first phase of JB4, its new hyperscale datacentre addition to the Bredell Campus, Ekurhuleni, East of Johannesburg, South Africa.

In a statement, the company said the new facility supports the growing demand by enterprises and cloud providers for datacentre capacity.

Teraco added that as one of Africa’s economic powerhouses, Gauteng (the greater Johannesburg Metropol) is a logical destination for the company’s continued investment in datacentre infrastructure in Africa.

“Home to digitally connected enterprises, including telecommunications, financial services, e-commerce, logistics, and retail, the Johannesburg Metropol benefits from its enviable location in the heart of southern Africa, which has led to it becoming the hub for connectivity and peering,” the company stated.

According to Teraco, JB4 represents a strategic addition “offering enterprises and cloud providers a scalable platform for IT infrastructure deployment while sustaining performance, reliability, security, and the most comprehensive network choice.”

The first phase of JB4 comprises 30 000sqm of building structure, 8 000sqm of data hall space, and 19 megawatts (MW) of critical power load. Teraco has secured adjacent land and power for Phase 2 expansion, bringing the total critical power load in the facility to 50MW at the end state.

The JB4 addition to Teraco’s growing datacentre platform takes critical power load capacity at Teraco facilities to 126MW, which includes the Isando Campus JB1/JB3 (40MW), Bredell Campus JB2/JB4 (64MW), Cape Town Campus CT1/CT2 (21MW) and Durban (1MW).

Jan Hnizdo, CEO, Teraco said: “Forming a vital part of the African IT landscape, Platform Teraco is an essential part of the modern enterprise’s digital transformation strategy with its diverse industry ecosystems and open interconnection marketplace.”

“JB4 is connected to all the other Teraco datacentres through the diverse ecosystem of network operators in the facility, making it ideal for the distributed interconnection-defined architecture of the modern enterprise.”

Hnizdo said that the majority of enterprise organisations are accelerating their digital transformation strategies and placing a greater focus on cloud adoption strategies: “Enterprises are looking for the ability to scale as network strategies evolve, and in a world where fast and secure interconnection with strategic business partners is a priority, this is a source of competitive advantage.”

He added that the company continues to see significant growth as hyperscale requirements expand due to increased demand for cloud services in Africa. “The continued increase of cloud adoption in Africa is also being enabled by investments in critical infrastructure, including hyperscale datacentre facilities such as JB4. This will enable global cloud clients to service the South African market and the rest of the sub-Saharan African region.”

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