Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 74 - Page 58


NTT opens new data centre in South Africa to support growing digital economy

NTT , a leading IT infrastructure and services company , has announced the opening of its latest data centre in Johannesburg , South Africa . Johannesburg 1 Data Centre is part of NTT ’ s expansion into the African continent with a capacity of 12MW covering 6,000m ² of IT space once fully built out .

The technical infrastructure is supported by N + 1 uninterruptible power supply systems ( UPS ), N + 1 generator backup and highly redundant cooling systems . This will provide clients with dedicated sustainable infrastructure , operational control and the design flexibility required to support their high-performance needs .
The facility will cater to hyperscalers and enterprises , providing them with an opportunity to use NTT ’ s full ICT stack of services , including managed hybrid cloud , network management , collaboration , security and application monitoring . water restrictions and allows the data centre to achieve low power usage effectiveness ( PUE ) and water usage effectiveness ( WUE ).
“ We ’ re incredibly proud to be investing in Johannesburg and extending our global data centre footprint to South Africa . The country forms a significant part of NTT ’ s growth strategy as we continue to support Africa ’ s Digital Transformation . The opening of Johannesburg 1 will contribute towards the economic growth and social development of the region , as our clients shape the country of tomorrow ,” said Florian Winkler , CEO , Global Data Centres , EMEA , NTT .
Michael Abendanon , Head of MEA , Global Data Centres EMEA , NTT , added : “ Our presence in Africa is underpinned by the significant digital change we ’ re seeing across the continent . Companies providing new digital services need data centre space with high power density , global connectivity , carrier neutrality , cloud network access and on-site support to ensure they can continue to grow .”
NTT is recognised as one of the leading data centre businesses with recent openings in Madrid , Jakarta , Navi Mumbai and Berlin , with further expansions planned in Ho Chi Minh City , Virginia and Cyberjaya .
The data centres will align with NTT ’ s commitment to achieving net-zero emissions across its data centre operations by 2030 and the complete value chain by 2040 . NTT is focused on ensuring its portfolio is powered by renewable energy by 2030 and that it applies energy efficiency measures where required . p
Africa is experiencing a digital boom , with a population expected to double by 2050 . Estimates show that 615 million users in sub-Saharan Africa will subscribe to mobile services by 2025 , a 24 % increase from 2020 . This growth and reliance on technology are fuelling Digital Transformation initiatives and demand for high-performing data centre space .
NTT is planning to accelerate its data centre footprint in Johannesburg and other African cities to support this growth over the next several years .
The new facility uses a closed-loop chilled water system with air-cooled chillers , meaning that the water running through the cooling systems isn ’ t evaporated . This reduces the threat of potential drought
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