Vantage opens new hyperscale data centre in Johannesburg

Vantage opens new hyperscale data centre in Johannesburg

Vantage Data Centres, a global provider of hyperscale data centre campuses, has announced the opening of its first data centre in Africa located at Waterfall City in Johannesburg, after breaking ground in 2021.

According to a statement, the two-story facility offers 16MW of critical IT capacity across 130,000 square feet (12,000 square meters). The project was delivered in 10 months, 10 days ahead of schedule, with zero lost-time incidents over 1.5 million working hours.

With an investment totalling more than $1 billion USD, Vantage’s 30-acre (12 hectares) campus will include 80MW of IT capacity and more than 650,000 square feet (60,000 square meters) across three data centres once fully developed, added the statement.

The campus complements the area’s thriving data centre ecosystem and leverages its fiber connectivity to the rest of Africa.

It also aligns with the company’s commitment to sustainability, offering renewable energy options, limiting carbon emissions and maintaining energy efficient operations with power usage effectiveness.

In June 2022, Vantage announced it had entered a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with SolarAfrica to support the production of 87MWp of renewable energy to supplement the local grid that powers the campus.

“Our rapid turnaround on the construction of our first Johannesburg facility has allowed us to more quickly meet demand for hyperscale data centres in the area,” said Justin Jenkins, chief operating officer, EMEA at Vantage Data Centres.

“This project created hundreds of jobs that will continue into the next phase of construction, and we thank our teams for their dedication and commitment to deliver such a high-quality product for our customers,” concluded Jenkins.

Vantage has also started construction on a second data centre on its Frankfurt II campus. The 16MW, 130,000 square feet (12,000 square meters) facility is sited on seven acres (three hectares) in Raunheim. Once fully developed, the campus will include 56MW of IT capacity across two data centers.

Frankfurt II marks Vantage’s ninth campus in EMEA, six of which are now operational (Berlin I, Cardiff, Frankfurt I, Johannesburg, Warsaw and Zurich).