Vantage Data Centers, a leading global provider of hyperscale data centre campuses, has announced the delivery of the first facility on its Johannesburg campus, as well as the start of construction on a second data centre on its Frankfurt II campus.
Positioned within the continent’s largest data centre market, Vantage has opened its first data centre (JNB11) in Africa after breaking ground in 2021. The two-story facility offers 16 megawatts (MW) of critical IT capacity across 130,000 square feet. The project was delivered in 10 months, 10 days ahead of schedule, with zero lost-time incidents over 1.5 million working hours.
With an investment totaling more than $1 billion, Vantage’s 30-acre campus will include 80 MW of IT capacity and more than 650,000 square feet across three data centres once fully developed. Located in Waterfall City, the campus complements the area’s thriving data centre ecosystem and leverages its fibre connectivity to the rest of Africa. In addition, the campus aligns with the company’s commitment to sustainability, offering renewable energy options, limiting carbon emissions and maintaining energy efficient operations with an industry-leading power usage effectiveness (PUE). In June, Vantage announced it had entered a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with SolarAfrica to support the production of 87 MWp of renewable energy to supplement the local grid that powers the campus.
“Our rapid turnaround on the construction of our first Johannesburg facility has allowed us to more quickly meet demand for hyperscale data centres in the area,” said Justin Jenkins, chief operating officer, EMEA at Vantage Data Centers. “At Vantage, we pride ourselves on not only our speed to market, but also our commitment to become part of the local community and cement our reputation as a reliable data center partner in the region. This project created hundreds of jobs that will continue into the next phase of construction, and we thank our teams for their dedication and commitment to deliver such a high-quality product for our customers.”
Adding to its existing presence in the most sought-after European market, Vantage has also broken ground on a second facility (FRA22) at its second campus in Frankfurt. The 16 MW, 130,000 square feet facility is sited on seven acres in Raunheim. Once fully developed, the campus will include 56 MW of IT capacity across two data centres. Vantage is also continuing to develop its first 55 MW Frankfurt campus, located in Offenbach, approximately 30 kilometers from Raunheim. Once fully developed, both campuses will offer customers a total of 111 MW of IT capacity in the Frankfurt region.
“Vantage continues to develop state-of-the-art data centre campuses in the most vital locations across EMEA to support some of the world’s leading technology companies,” said Antoine Boniface, president, EMEA at Vantage Data Centers. “The speed and scale of our deliveries is unprecedented in our company’s history, as is our commitment to sustainable development. It is truly a remarkable time in the data centre industry to be on the frontlines of the digital infrastructure revolution.”
Frankfurt II marks Vantage’s ninth campus in EMEA, six of which are now operational (Berlin I, Cardiff, Frankfurt I, Johannesburg, Warsaw and Zurich). As Vantage continues its rapid global development to meet customer demand, the company continues to prioritise sustainability and environmental responsibility while delivering highly reliable data centre services.