The Africa Data Centres (ADC) has broken ground on its new facility in Nairobi, Kenya, giving a timeline that the project, which will expand its existing data centre by up to 15MW of IT load will be completed in the first half of 2024.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Tesh Durvasula, Chief Executive Officer of Africa Data Centres, noted that the new data centre when completed will bring five times more capacity than is currently installed.
“The expansion will enable Africa Data Centre clients to grow and scale depending on their requirements. They can start small, increase to a medium capacity, and even benefit from a hyperscale type of deployment in a few years if they choose to. This will enable customers to operate multiple deployments across our sites with a single operations team, campus, and infrastructure they are familiar with,” he said.
The new data facility will begin with 5MW of IT load and will be built in Africa Data Centres’ leading-edge modular design – an innovative approach that sees the entire facility, including all critical plant rooms, prefabricated off-site. This ensures the highest possible quality, whilst local contractors will still benefit from contracts to lay foundations, assemble, and complete the build.
Also speaking, Hardy Pemhiwa, Group President & CEO of Cassava Technologies, stated that ADC’s expansion at the new site will be completed in the first half of 2024 and will bring five times more capacity than is currently installed.
“We believe that data centres will play a significant role in digital transformation and economic growth on our continent. Without them, the push towards a digital economy in Africa will be missing a key pillar. Our decision to increase our investment in our data centres in Kenya is in recognition of the position the country now occupies as a leader in the adoption of digital technologies in Africa,” he said.
He noted that the focus on Kenya as a key region aims to take the region further into the digital era and uplift the country’s profile globally as an attractive investment destination
Africa Data Centres is a business of Cassava Technologies, a pan-African technology group.