Large new data center opened in Joburg – 10 months ahead of schedule


Vantage Data Centers, a global provider of hyperscale data center campuses, has completed its first facility on the Johannesburg campus – 10 months ahead of schedule.

The launch marks the group’s first data center in Africa after it broke ground in 2021.

The two-story facility offers 16 MW of critical IT capacity on 12,000 square feet. The project was delivered in 10 months, 10 days ahead of schedule, with no lost time incidents, the group said.

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With an investment totaling more than $1 billion (R17 billion), Vantage’s 12-acre campus will eventually include 80 MW of IT capacity and more than 60,000 square feet in three data centers when fully developed.

“Our rapid turnaround time in the construction of our first facility in Johannesburg has enabled us to more quickly meet the demand for hyperscale data centers in the area,” said Justin Jenkins, chief operating officer, EMEA at Vantage Data Centers.

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The group also said it was working on sustainability goals, committed to offering renewable energy options, limiting carbon emissions and maintaining energy-efficient operations in the industry.

In June, it announced it had entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with SolarAfrica to support production of 87 MWp of renewable energy to supplement the local grid that powers the campus.

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