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Vantage Data Centers launch Johannesburg Data Center campus


Vantage Data Centers has announced the delivery of the first facility on its Johannesburg campus (JNB1) located in Waterfall City.

The two-storey facility, which is Vantage’s first data centre (JNB11) in Africa after breaking ground in 2021, offers 16MW of critical IT capacity across 12 000m2. 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 of more than USD$1 billion, the company’s 12-hectare campus will include 80MW of IT capacity and more than 60 000m2 across three data centres once fully developed.

The campus also aligns with the company’s commitment to sustainability, offering renewable energy options, limiting carbon emissions, and maintaining energy efficient operations with an industry-leading power usage effectiveness (PUE). 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 centers in the area,” says Justin Jenkins, chief operating officer, EMEA at Vantage Data Centers. “At Vantage, we pride ourselves on not only our speed to market, but also our commitment to become part of the local community and cement our reputation as a reliable data center partner in the region. 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.”

The company has also started construction on a second data centre on its Frankfurt II campus in Europe.