[South Africa] Internet Solutions opening Africa’s largest pre-fabricated data centre in South Africa
Internet Solutions has announced plans to open the largest pre-fabricated data centre in South Africa. According to a report published by IT News Africa, the data centre is due to officially begin operating in January 2019 and will be located in Rosebank, Johannesburg.
The 1,600 square metre facility will provide 572 racks and 2.2 megawatts of IT power and is intelligently built for flexibility, optimal automation and minimal resource consumption.
Speaking to IT News Africa, Matthew Ashe, Executive Head: Data Centres at Internet Solutions described the new data centre as a world-class facility, providing a high efficiency, highly resilient and exceptionally secure environment.
‘’Apart from boasting an ideal location for low latency application requirements within the economic hub of Africa, and carrier neutrality, resource and energy efficiency has taken centre stage in its design,’’ he said.
The demand for carrier-agnostic, secure data centres in Africa has increased over the last few years as the move to cloud-based solutions become more prevalent.
“People and businesses are producing and consuming vast quantities of data and the security of that information has never been more important. The Parklands Data Centre allows data to be collected, stored and processed locally from a purpose-built modern facility that will help run our services faster and more efficiently. Further to this, with the growing demand for applications to be processed closer to the “edge”, having DC facilities which are as close to the edge of where processing is required to take place, is tremendously advantageous. This is an increasing requirement for a growing number of applications in IOT and Fintech,” Ashe told IT News Africa.
“Reducing energy and resource consumption in South Africa is a national imperative. South Africa’s already struggling infrastructure and slowing progress on alternative energy sources means that the responsibility for ensuring energy efficiencies in data centres rests with data centre providers. With evolving technology, creating sustainable energy solutions is a much more realistic goal than ever before and we’re pleased to have deployed a number of these technologies across our DC’s to achieve such efficiencies.” he added.
The data centre is a R500 million investment by the company, which owns and operates a network of 17 data centres across South Africa.