Teraco is set to upgrade and extend its Cape Town colocation data centre as more South African organisations and international brands look to colocate and offer services. Teraco says it is doing the upgrades to meet the rising demand for modern day cloud-driven businesses.

Many analysts have stated that the cloud race is gaining momentum and have called for more Afrika based data centers to serve the growing growing demands of organizations around the continent.

โ€œThe potential for local growth is immense. The African market grew an estimated 15,8% [Forrester report] in 2017, with South Africa being one of the top growth locations,โ€ said Lex van Wyk, CEO at Teraco.

Teraco has increased its total power provision annualy since 2008 to 50MW, nearly doubling.

โ€œSouth Africa is well positioned geographically to service the needs of sub-Saharan Africa and on a colocation basis, it is larger than the next 20 African markets combined. Teraco has now built four fully-operational data centres and launched Africaโ€™s first hyper-scale facility. Core to our service offering is that all Teraco data centres are truly vendor neutral, highly connected and content rich interconnection hubs,โ€ said van Wyk.

The planned expansion of Teraco's Cape Town data centre will result in a facility five-times larger than the original footprint completed in early 2009. Teracoโ€™s Durban data centre, the smallest of its regional facilities, is also on an upgrade path due to increased demand. According to van Wyk, the company remains focused on ensuring that the data centre has the best energy efficiency designs and technology deployed during all future expansions and new builds.

โ€œThe next generation of applications and IT architecture will drive power density demands to levels not seen in traditional data centres. This power-hungry environment will be the driving force modernising legacy data centres. Cooling capacities and uptime requirements will also increase,โ€ said van Wyk.

Towards the end of 2017 Teraco announced that AWS Direct Connect will be available in South Africa through its data centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town. AWS (Amazon Web Services) Direct Connect is a dedicated network connection that can be used by organizations to access all AWS services in any AWS Region globally.

โ€œResponding to current and future client demands is of paramount importance. We have created an extremely robust offering and as a result, there is no other data centre in Africa capable of offering access to the same choice of connectivity, vast content or diverse cloud providers that resides in Teraco,โ€ concluded Van Wyk.

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