Africa Data Centres has announced the successful acquisition of a Tier IV data centre from Standard Bank. The data centre is located in Johannesburg.

Africa Data Centres forms part of the Liquid Telecom Group and it says that the Competition Commission has approved the acquisition “unconditionally”.

“The unique combination of this outstanding facility and Africa Data Centres’ certified operational excellence is the ideal choice for the most demanding organisations, especially those in the financial services sector, who require the highest standards of security and resilience for their IT infrastructure. We cannot wait to open this hidden gem to the market,” said chief executive officer at Africa Data Centres, Stephane Duproz.

The data centre is primed for financial services and as such boasts maximum levels of security, redundancy across all power and cooling units, “unrivalled” physical security and scalability for expansion.

That last point is rather interesting as Africa Data Centres is currently busy adding an additional 10MW IT facility at its Midrand Campus.

It will be interesting to see how Africa Data Centres evolves its facilities. Liquid Telecom has huge aspirations not only in South Africa but the rest of Africa as well and Africa Data Centres has that same sort of fire.

“We are investing heavily in South Africa at the moment, as well as the rest of Africa. We are very confident in the future of South Africa, hence this significant investment,” says executive chairperson of the Liquid Telecom Group, Strive Masiyiwa.

The chairperson goes on to say that it has secured land to build the largest data centres in Ghana and Nigeria.

With this news one has to wonder if Africa Data Centres and Liquid Telecom Group are eyeing the likes of Teraco.

The firm prides itself on having the largest data centres on the continent but it seems Africa Data Centres is eyeing that title.

At the end of the day health competition isn’t a bad thing and when it comes to data centres, as Africa’s appetite for data grows we are going to need more of the things.

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