Artistic render of the future Vantage Data Centers Johannesburg facility due to come online in the summer of 2022. Source: Vantage
Colorado-based Vantage Data Centers has broken ground on its first African campus in Johannesburg, South Africa, with an investment of US$1 billion from existing financial partners.
The 80MW campus will be based in Johannesburg’s Waterfall City and marks Vantage’s entry into its fifth continent.
From its initial US roots, Vantage, part of the DigitalBridge (NYSE: DBRG) digital infrastructure portfolio, previously expanded to two Canadian markets in early 2019, to six European markets in 2020 and to five markets in Asia Pacific in 2021. The company is today present in 16 markets.
Sureel Choksi, president and CEO, Vantage Data Centers, said: “Vantage has seen strong demand from our customers for high quality, hyperscale data centre facilities across the globe, and we are excited to meet this demand by expanding to Africa’s largest market.
“With our global expansion over the last two and half years, we have become one of the fastest growing hyperscale data centre providers in the world.”
The carrier-neutral Johannesburg campus will consist of three facilities across 30 acres (12 hectares) with 650,000 square feet (60,000 square meters) of data centre space once fully developed.
The first phase of the campus, slated for completion in the summer of 2022, will include a 16MW building.
Antoine Boniface, president, Vantage EMEA, said: “Johannesburg is the data centre hub for sub-Saharan Africa due to its strategic location, IT ecosystem, fibre connectivity to the rest of Africa and the availability of renewable energy.
“We look forward to not only opening the doors of our first African facility to our customers, but also to becoming part of the local community. Our first campus has a planned investment of more than $ 1 billion, and it will create hundreds of jobs to positively impact the local economy.”
Vantage’s data centre development comes at a time when South Africa is under intense investor attention with several multi-million Dollar projects opened in the last 10 months or currently under construction.