Africa’s only vendor neutral data centre, Teraco, has reported that its Cape Town data centre has continued to grow on the back of strong demand for colocation services. The facility, Teraco’s oldest and based in the leafy suburb of Rondebosch, first opened its doors to clients in early 2009. Five years later it is now the most connected building in the city of Cape Town.
Lex van Wyk, CEO, Teraco says the continued demand resulted in Teraco building a third dedicated colocation data centre within Great Westerford: “The addition resulted in an increase of 1000sqm of white space, growing the total footprint in Cape Town to over 1600sqm.” He says that additional power and back-up generation plants to support the new data centre are under construction and due for completion in April 2015. This will increase the total power available to 3-megaVolt Ampere (MVA).
Van Wyk says that vendor neutral means that Teraco clients can connect to any network operator, service provider or any other Teraco client within the data centre, without restriction: “We remain neutral and offer clients the freedom of choice to purchase or sell products and services to whomever they wish. In our Rondebosch facility, clients are only one cable away from a provider of choice, with a selection of over 30 local and global carriers.”
Teraco’s data centres are the most connected facilities in Africa and host, NAPAfrica, the largest Internet exchange point (IXP) on the continent. Providing colocation clients’ access to more than 50 African countries, Teraco has grown into a significant African telecommunications hub and is a viable, low risk entry point for organisations with African strategies.
“The expansion of Cape Town’s data centre is further proof of Teraco’s continued contribution to the growth of Cape Town’s business economy. We support the city with its drive to establish Cape Town as a key innovation and technology hub in the South African market,” concludes van Wyk.