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Open Access Data Centres readies Phase 2 of Isando operations

  • One year after launching Phase 1, Open Access Data Centres has announced the launch of Phase 2 of its Isando operations.
  • This Phase is expected to be complete in Q1 2024 and will feature 4MW of IT load and 600 racks when it launches.
  • Phase 1 of the data centre is currently at 90 percent capacity.

Digitalisation has been a conversation happening within businesses for many years at this point but one could argue that the pandemic and ensuing lockdowns helped accelerate plans. This can be seen in how prevalent digital solutions and tools have become in both the workplace and our everyday lives.

In order to cater to this ever-growing appetite businesses have for flexible and cost-effective access, Open Access Data Centres has announced that it is preparing the launch of Phase 2 of its data centre.

One year after Phase 1 launched, it is currently at 90 percent capacity highlighting just how high the demand is for access.

“It has been an incredible year and the traction we have obtained in the initial phase of this development has been such that the majority of the data centre is already occupied. Such has been the massive demand from customers of all sizes for additional access, that we have rapidly progressed the development of the second phase,” explains group chief business development officer at WIOCC Group, Darren Bedford.

Phase 2 which has had its design work completed and the required mechanical and electrical equipment has been ordered. Once complete the datacentre will have 4MW of IT load and 600 racks when it launches in Q1 2024. In addition, Phase 2 will also guard against the ever-present threat of loadshedding.

“We have put a variety of measures in place, including bulk diesel storage and contracts with multiple fuel suppliers – and this is something that goes not only for the Isando operation, but for all our edge and core data centres around the country,” says Bedford.

Open Access Data Centres’ operations are located on a site 17km from the city centre and features the ability to grow the site to 3 000m2 and 7MW.

“We like to believe that in addition to the flexibility on contracting terms and the pricing and scalability we offer to clients, we also provide them with a very personal touch from our team, which is always willing to go the extra mile, and accommodate non standard requests. Also, as we are part of the Wired Group, our clients benefit from the Group’s vast array of terrestrial and submarine assets, enabling clients to connect to the entire African continent, and beyond,” the chief business officer adds.

With South Africa’s appetite for digital services and access to platforms growing by the day, this expansion will surely be a welcome addition to the local ecosystem.

Isando Phase 2 – Data Hall Parameters.

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Brendyn Lotz

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