Fast-growing Vantage builds second data center in Johannesburg

Vantage Data Centers, a fast-growing global provider of hyperscale facilities, has begun construction of a second campus in Johannesburg.

Operating across five continents, Vantage has evolved data center design to scale as rapidly as the market demands.

Its new Isando campus, called JNB2, is located in Ekurhuleni, the commercial and industrial heart of the Greater Johannesburg area and approximately 17 km from Vantage’s JNB1 Midrand campus. JNB2 is located near OR Tambo International Airport and less than 2 km from NAPAfrica Neutral Internet eXchange. The region serves as a cloud-on-ramp for several large technology companies.

JNB2 will be operational in mid-2024.

“South Africa continues to be a cornerstone for Vantage’s growth in EMEA outside of continental Europe,” said Antoine Boniface, President of Vantage Data Centers, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). “Investing in a second campus is a testament to our commitment to the region and to our customers who have business needs to operate in this high-demand market.”

The first building of the JNB2 campus will consist of a two-story 20MW data center covering an area of ​​33,000 square meters. Vantage repurposes part of an existing early stage warehouse, reducing the carbon footprint of the development.

Vantage says many of JNB2’s features are based on its standardized campus design and emphasize sustainable building practices. This includes offering renewable energy options through a recent Power Purchase Agreement with SolarAfrica, limiting carbon footprint, maintaining energy-efficient operations with an industry-leading Power Use Effectiveness (PUE), and minimizing water usage.

The first data center on the JNB2 campus will be cooled with a highly efficient closed-loop chilled water system generated by air-cooled chillers. A built-in economizer capability allows compressor energy reduction based on outdoor ambient temperature. This allows Vantage to take advantage of cooler seasonal temperatures to minimize resource consumption.

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Electricity is provided by the municipality of Ekurhuleni, combined with its own on-site high-voltage substation.

Security measures include an on-site security operations center with 24 x 7 x 365 patrols, perimeter security, CCTV at all access points, and multi-factor authentication and access controls for employees, customers and visitors.

The Company opened its first South African 16MW facility in Midrand in July 2022 and continues to scale out the development. It currently stands on an 80MW campus and the next phase is expected to be operational in early 2024.

For more information, see https://vantage-dc.com/data-center-locations/.