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Telkom launches R350m data centre in Cape Town

Reuben September

Telkom has launched a new, R350m data centre in Cape Town, Belville 2, as it seeks to grow its presence in the market for converged IT and telecommunications solutions.

The new facility has been built in Belville in Cape Town’s northern suburbs and is meant to be what Telkom calls “a natural extension of Telkom’s value proposition”.

Telkom CEO Reuben September, pictured, says several strategic considerations have driven Telkom’s expansion into the IT services market. Among these is the “massive demand for a robust, redundant infrastructure”.

“Internationally, demand for data centres exceeds supply by something in the region of 6:1,” September says. “Some analysts expect the local data centre market to grow at about 22%/year.”

Pierre Marais, acting MD of Telkom’s data centre operations, says convergence has “torn down the barriers between telecoms and IT [and]we have no doubt that this presents the next battleground between these two sectors with the data centre capability and offerings being an important weapon in the arsenal of competing service providers”.

Telkom has adopted a carrier-neutral architecture, meaning other operators can use its data centre facilities, Marais says.

The new data centre, which is chosen for its location close to the Melkbosstrand undersea cable landing station, makes use of virtualisation technology. This enables cloud computing and on-demand services.

With the new facility, Telkom now has six hosting facilities (four in Gauteng and two in Bellville). “These six data centres present a combined floor capacity of 9 700m² and are interconnected to provide various business continuity options,” stated Marais.

The new Bellville data centre is built on tier-4 principles, incorporating a holistic green approach to energy management.  — Staff reporter, TechCentral

1 Comment

  1. Congratulations to Telkom for getting the data centre and its concurrent services – which are much needed in South Africa.

    A bit of a gripe here though; about the launch…. which I suspect cost a huge amount of money. (I’m not talking about the marketing of the launch which of course is always needed.) I’m talking about the large chunk of cash – probably hundreds of thousands of rands – that it took for the parties that were hosted at the launch.

    There was one in Cape Town for the public launch of the business unit and one for staff in Johannesburg which came complete with elaborate sets, dancers, funky food, “pink drinks” and fun but useless gifts… All very nice and enjoyable for the few hundred people who pitched up, but my question here is; I thought that Telkom was on a huge savings / profit optimisation drive while trying not to get rid of staff members?

    Surely this money could have been spent more wisely…. like on staff training, or even team-building for the new business units’ staff members? Maybe it’s time the corporates started economising the way the smaller businesses sometimes have to. It’s about a different kind of mindset to the usual big company think…

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