Major new data center opens in Joburg – 10 months ahead of schedule

Vantage Data Centers, a global provider of hyperscale data center campuses, has launched its first facility on its Johannesburg campus, 10 months ahead of schedule.

The launch marks the group’s first data center in Africa since opening in 2021.

The two-story, 12,000-square-meter building offers 16 MW of critical IT power. According to the team, the project was completed in 10 months, 10 days ahead of schedule, with no lost time incidents.

With an investment of over $1 billion (R17 billion), the 12-hectare Vantage campus will eventually include 80 MW of IT capacity and more than 60,000 square meters across three data centers when completed.

“The rapid completion of our first facility in Johannesburg has allowed us to quickly meet the demand for hyperscale data centers in the area,” said Justin Jenkins, COO of Vantage Data Centers EMEA.

The group also said it is working towards achieving sustainable development goals by offering renewable energy options, limiting carbon emissions and supporting energy efficient operations in the industry.

In June, he announced a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with SolarAfrica to support the production of 87 MW of renewable energy in addition to the local power grid that feeds the campus.

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