Johannesburg to host major new data center development

Highlighting the dominance of South Africa in general, and Johannesburg in particular, in the African data center market, US-headquartered Vantage Data Centres, described as one of the world’s leading providers of large-scale data center campuses, announced the delivery of the first installation at its Johannesburg Campus.


Vantage has opened its first data center (called JNB11) in Africa having paved the way in 2021. The two-story facility offers 16MW of critical computing capacity over 12,000 square meters. The project was delivered in ten months, ten days before the scheduled date, without incident with work stoppage on more than 1.5 million hours of work.

With a total investment of over US$1 billion, this 12-hectare campus will include 80 MW of computing capacity and over 60,000 square meters spread over three data centers when fully developed.

Located in Waterfall City (a mega-project that actually sits halfway between Pretoria and Johannesburg), the campus complements the region’s thriving data center ecosystem and leverages its fiber optic connectivity to the rest of Africa. Additionally, the campus aligns with the company’s commitment to sustainability, providing renewable energy options, limiting carbon emissions, and maintaining energy-efficient operations with energy-use efficiency. industry-leading energy (PUE).

With this in mind, in June, Vantage announced that it had entered into a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with SolarAfrica, a company that since 2011 has been financing and delivering solar projects across Southern Africa, to support the production of 87 MWp. of renewable energy to complement the local grid that powers the campus.

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