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Teraco: Africa’s Biggest Data Centre


The construction is around 17 500sqm, which lives up to Teraco's reputation of being 'Africa's biggest data centre'. Teraco is also the only vendor neutral data centre which builds and operates data centres for the most demanding IT infrastructure requirements.
Teraco's largest data centre under construction in Isando, Johannesburg. Teraco's largest data centre under construction in Isando, Johannesburg.

Gys Geyser, Head of Operations – Teraco, says the build is not just an extension of services and white space, but a milestone for Teraco and the African data centre industry: “In this expansion of our footprint, we are achieving what few companies have; building the largest data centre in Africa in accordance with modern international standards.”

Geyser says that the build brings the total size of the Isando facility to 9000sqm of white space and 18 500sqm of utility space. He goes on to say that the volume of data centre space is directly related to the power feed negotiated with the local council: “We now have a total of 16MVA of power, which will ensure that we can adequately power all the data centres, as well as ensure that they are properly cooled and maintained.”

Soon after Teraco’s launch seven years ago, the data company wasted no time in establishing itself as the leader in terms of data centre operations on the African continent. Geyser reports they have “seen an increase in demand based on the number of local and international cloud, content and network providers coming into Africa, as well as from existing clients. Teraco has also seen growth in the ICT sector, particularly from within the managed service provider segment.”

Geyser believes Teraco’s new site should be operational towards the end of 2016, as it was given an 18-month build time. He says cooling was just one of the many unique elements included in this build.

“Teraco has implemented a Dynamic Free Cooling system. We have taken what has worked in our previous deployments and applied the latest technology and best practices. Additional support services have been added, such as a water supply system to ensure that our environment can operate independently from council for a period of time, guaranteeing uptime and availability.  Aiming for a low Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating, the new cooling systems will definitely assist Teraco to achieve greater efficiencies,” says Geyser.

After completing an Environmental Impact Assessment, Teraco was granted permission to store 210 000 litres of diesel on site. Geyser says that this is a significant achievement and will enable Teraco to run all the data centres for a minimum period of 40 hours at maximum load, again guaranteeing uptime.

“The overall design and build of the new data centre is focused on achieving international data centre design, build and operating standards but with our clients’ current and future needs in mind,” concludes Geyser.

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