Spanning 18 500 square metres, a data centre being built by Teraco is set to become the biggest in Africa when construction completes later this year.
According to Gys Geyser, Head of Operations at Teraco the facility will be located in Isando just outside of the Johannesburg CBD. The space will comprise of 9 000 square metres of white space and 18 500 square metres of utility space.
A space this big, specifically when its being used to house a data centre will draw a lot of power. Teraco has been in negotiations with the local municipality to provide 16MVA of power to the data centre and its cooling needs.
The cooling solution for this data centre has been created after Teraco assessed its other data centres and found what worked best in those. The data centre will also use a water supply for the purpose of cooling that is independent from the municipality, just in case there is a problem.
“The overall design and build of the new data centre is focused on achieving international data centre design, build and operating standards,” says Geyser of the project.
Just in case the power coming from the municipality stops, Teraco will store 210 000 litres of diesel on site to power generators. According to the firm this should run the data centre at maxmium load for a minimum of 40 hours.
Why does Africa need such a big data centre? To sum it up in one word, demand. As demand for cloud based services and services such as ShowMax increases there need to be data centres capable of taking up the slack, this centre aims to do that.
Geyser summed this fact up in a statement saying, “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.”[Source and Image – Teraco]