Teraco completes Phase 1 of Ekurhuleni data centre

2nd November 2022 By: Schalk Burger - Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor

Data centre and interconnection platform company Teraco has completed the first phase of JB4 – its new hyperscale data centre addition at the Bredell Campus, in Ekurhuleni, to support the growing demand by enterprises and cloud providers for data centre capacity.

JB4 offers resilient and secure colocation facilities in line with Teraco’s long-term vision of enabling digital transformation across Africa, says Teraco CEO Jan Hnizdo.

JB4 represents a strategic addition to Platform Teraco, offering enterprises and cloud providers a scalable platform for information technology (IT) infrastructure deployment, while sustaining performance, reliability, security and comprehensive network choice.

The first phase of JB4 comprises 30 000 m2 of building structure, 8 000 m2 of data hall space and 19 MW of critical power load.

Further, Teraco has secured adjacent land and power for the Phase 2 expansion, which would bring the total critical power load in the facility to 50 MW at the end state.

“This data centre facility dramatically extends Platform Teraco’s capacity in South Africa. 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,” Hnizdo notes.

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

The facility has multiple fibre paths to the Teraco Isando Campus connectivity hub (JB1/JB3), which is about 20 km away. It was also built to conform to global hyperscale requirements and international compliance standards and will augment the existing portfolio of certified data centre facilities.

“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.”

Organisations working to accelerate their digital transformation use Teraco to dynamically scale their IT infrastructure, adopt hybrid multi-cloud architectures and interconnect with strategic business partners within the Platform Teraco ecosystem of global and local clients.

The company continues to see significant growth as hyperscale requirements expand owing to increased demand for cloud services in Africa, Hnizdo says.

“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 the South African market and the rest of the sub-Saharan Africa region.”

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