Dimension Data’s Internet Solutions said on Tuesday that it is expanding its Parklands data centre in Johannesburg to cope with growing demand. It is spending R500m on the expansion.
The first phase of the “prefabricated” extension to the facility will come online in July 2018 and will contain 130 racks. Subsequent modules will be ordered in configurations best suited to meet client demands, the company said in a statement.
On completion, the data centre will provide a total capacity of 572 racks and 2.2MW of IT power.
The Parklands facility hosts the Johannesburg Internet Exchange peering point.
Both Sandton and the Johannesburg CBDs are within a 10km radius of Parklands, which is situated in the fast-growing Rosebank node.
“Thanks to its location, the existing Parklands facility already delivers minimal latency with capacity set to double on expansion,” said Internet Solutions executive for data centres Matthew Ashe. “As we install future modules, we can scale density up or down, decrease racks or increase cooling…”
The civil works have already begun, while the prefabricated modules are built, tested, dismantled and then shipped from Europe in parallel. “There is a four- to six-month lead time for additional modules, which arrive with flooring, cooling and uninterrupted power systems already in place.” — (c) 2017 NewsCentral Media