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Hyperscale demand encourages African infrastructure investment

Teraco launches Riverfields Hyperscale Data Centre Facility.

It's taken hyperscale computing a decade to steadily claim significant cloud infrastructure service market share. Initially focused on major international markets, Africa has not been a priority until recently, when large players started turning their attention to Africa. Since then, the continent has seen top operators, content creators and cloud providers committing to significant infrastructure investment.

In doing this, these service providers are finally offering local businesses an opportunity to retain data locally. In just under two years, African companies have started to fast-track the adoption of cloud and as a result are aggressively pursuing opportunities to migrate. Evidence of this investment was visible today as Teraco, Africa's largest, neutral data centre, launched its Riverfields Hyperscale Centre east of Johannesburg. Featuring over 24 MW of power and 6 000m^2 of technical deployment space, Riverfields is the largest commercial data centre operator in Africa.

Lex van Wyk, CEO, Teraco, says the company designs and builds according to demand: "Hyperscale computing has grown enormously, as has demand for colocation facilities. These trends combined are shaping the way forward for Africa and we anticipate significant uptake as more service providers pinpoint Africa as a growth market."

Teraco completed its Joburg West build in Isando earlier this year and is opening its Riverfields Hyperscale Data Centre Facility in response to growing demand for these facilities in sub-Saharan Africa: "The demand is driven by big data and cloud computing, as well as enterprise organisations that consume these services locally. Many of which have not been available locally or are only in limited functionality due to restrictions presented by high latencies due to distance."

Internationally, researchers predict that the global colocation market will grow to more than US$50 billion by 2020, a CAGR of over 12% from 2015 to 2020. A significant portion of this demand is being driven by the enterprise, IT and telecommunications sectors. The hyperscale data centre market was estimated at over US$1.00 billion in mid-2015 with significant growth forecast based on storage resource demands in distributed or grid computing environments.

Teraco has witnessed this growth first-hand across its data centre businesses as well as the uptake within NAPAfrica, the largest Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in Africa, which is located within Teraco's data centre facilities.

Van Wyk says hyperscale computing is another in a long line of technology trends that will profoundly shape enterprise computing: "We will see new sectors emerge and a consolidation of IT resources that will lead to a small, but powerful group of players, bringing what the industry now knows by hyperscale computing."

Riverfields is the fourth facility built by Teraco with locations in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg: "The Riverfields facility in Bredell brings our power provision to 50MW with over 18 000m2 of white space. All of which is required to meet the increasing demand for hyperscale computing," explains Van Wyk. He says that Teraco is excited about the evolution of this technology, but remain fully committed to building Africa's neutral colocation infrastructure and helping to shape the African market.

Teraco Data Environments

Teraco Data Environments

Founded in 2008, Teraco is Africa's only vendor-neutral data centre colocation operator. Teraco builds and operates its colocation data centres for the most demanding IT infrastructure requirements, including the increased power and cooling demands of today's high-density cloud server computing environments backed by a 99.999% uptime guarantee. Client equipment and data centre environmental parameters are monitored 24x7 by Teraco's Control Centre, staffed by specialists versed in all aspects of IT and colocation facility management. Teraco has grown to include three state-of-the-art colocation data centres in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, and is also home to NAPAfrica, a neutral layer two Internet peering exchange (IX) point. www.teraco.co.za.

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