Vantage Data Centers has begun construction of its first African campus in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The 80MW campus will be in Johannesburg’s Waterfall City and was funded by a $1 billion investment from Vantage’s financial partners. The new campus will be Vantage’s first location in the African continent; it already has a presence in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific.
The Johannesburg campus will offer three facilities across 30 acres, with 650,000sqft of data centre space upon completion. The first phase is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2022, and will include a 16MW building. Its design is focused on sustainable construction practices and is based on Vantage’s standarised campus blueprint. The campus will also benefit from a dedicated on-site, high-voltage substation, powered by ESKOM.
“Vantage has seen strong demand from our customers for high quality, hyperscale data centre facilities across the globe, and we are excited to meet this demand by expanding to Africa’s largest market,” said Sureel Choksi, President and CEO, Vantage Data Centers.
“With our global expansion over the last two and half years, we have become one of the fastest growing hyperscale data centre providers in the world.”
“Johannesburg is the data centre hub for sub-Saharan Africa due to its strategic location, IT ecosystem, fibre connectivity to the rest of Africa and the availability of renewable energy,” added Antoine Boniface, President, Vantage EMEA.
“We look forward to not only opening the doors of our first African facility to our customers, but also to becoming part of the local community. Our first campus has a planned investment of more than US$ 1 billion, and it will create hundreds of jobs to positively impact the local economy.”