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Hyperscale computing set to succeed across Africa

CEO Lex van Wyk. Pic credit: Teraco.

On Thursday, the South African-based hyperscale computing firm launched its Riverfields Hyperscale Centre, located east of Johannesburg.

Featuring over 24MW of power and 6,000m² of technical deployment space, Riverfields is the largest commercial data centre operator in Africa, according to the company.

The company’s CEO, Lex van Wyk, said: “The Riverfields facility in Bredell brings our power provision to 50MW with over 18,000m2 of white space. All of which is required to meet the increasing demand for hyperscale computing.”

Van Wyk explained: “Hyperscale computing has grown enormously, as has demand for colocation facilities. These trends combined are shaping the way forward for Africa and we anticipate significant uptake as more service providers pinpoint Africa as a growth market.”

Hyperscale computing on demand

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The site of the Riverfields Hyperscale Data Centre Facility

The company underlined it completed its Johannesburg West build in Isando earlier this year and is opening its Riverfields Hyperscale Data Centre Facility in response to growing demand for these facilities in sub-Saharan Africa.

“The demand is driven by big data and cloud computing, as well as enterprise organisations that consume these services locally. Many of which have not been available locally or are only in limited functionality due to restrictions presented by high latencies due to distance,” the company stated.

According to research, it is predicted that the global colocation market will grow to more than $50 billion by 2020, a CAGR of over 12% from 2015 to 2020.

A significant portion of this demand is being driven by the enterprise, IT and telecommunications sectors.

The hyperscale data centre market was estimated at over $1 billion in mid-2015 with significant growth forecast based on storage resource demands in distributed or grid computing environments.

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“We will see new sectors emerge and a consolidation of IT resources that will lead to a small, but powerful group of players, bringing what the industry now knows to by hyperscale computing.”


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Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.