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Dimension Data growing African data centers

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Dimension Data is expanding its data centers in Africa and has begun construction on a massive new Johannesburg-based data center.

The Johannesburg 1 Data Center will be built in two phases, and when finished it will deliver a total of 6,000 square meters of IT space and 12MW of IT load.

Johannesburg-headquartered Dimension Data and its Japanese parent company NTT said in a statement on Monday that the first phase of the Johannesburg site is scheduled to become operational at the beginning of 2022.

Dimension Data already operates 11 data centers with up to 10MW of IT load across Africa. Together with the new Johannesburg 1 Data Center, the NTT data center platform in Africa will double to provide more than 20MW of IT load capacity.

The expansion in Johannesburg is part of the growth strategy of the Global Data Centers division of NTT, which has over 160 data centers spanning more than 20 countries and regions.

"The Johannesburg 1 Data Center will enable us to increase our capabilities and global capacity, to meet our international clients' expanding needs for infrastructure across the African market," said Florian Winkler, CEO of the Global Data Centers EMEA division of NTT Ltd.

"Africa's digital transformation will be accelerated with the right infrastructure investments. This partnership, bolstering our already significant data center footprint, comes at a time when demand for digital content, cloud services, new technologies such as Internet of Things, mobile money and content delivery networks are on the rise," added Dimension Data's CEO, Grant Bodley.

Dimension Data said the new data center will be located in the Central Point Innovation District in Johannesburg, in close proximity to the airport and city center, and will offer diverse fiber connectivity, fully redundant power supply and cooling infrastructure.

"It will be a state-of-the-art, highly secure, energy-efficient data center offering maximum protection for our clients' critical and sensitive IT systems. The site includes plans to host an NTT Technology Experience Lab (TEL) for clients and partners to test and validate cutting edge technology solutions and IT deployments in a live data center environment," it said.

— The Staff, Connecting Africa

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