Vodacom Business has opened a new, 3 000sq m data centre in Midrand as it opens up its focus on providing cloud services to its clients.
The data centre, the mobile operator’s eighth such facility, has been built to be energy efficient and to minimise the impact on the environment, a spokesman said.
Vodacom Business South Africa managing executive Ermano Quartero said the centre, called Data Park, was built because its first facility in Midrand filled up quicker than the company expected.
“We’ve seen that the combination of lower cost bandwidth, mobile devices, storage, and computing power is driving a rapid uptake of cloud services,” Quartero said in a statement.
The investment in the new data centre forms part of Vodacom’s plan to spend R9bn on network infrastructure in South Africa this year.
Vodacom said the new facility follows the guidelines set out by the Green Building Council of South Africa and is designed to reduce electricity consumption and maximise the use of recycled materials. — © 2014 NewsCentral Media