Africa Data Centres Joins NVIDIA DGX-Ready Data Centre Program and acquires world-class data centre in Johannesburg

Africa Data Centres announced it has joined the NVIDIA DGX-Ready Data Centre program, allowing organisations across the African continent to connect with AI-ready facilities for seamless, rapid and cost-effective AI deployments.

Africa Data Centres is the first and only network of interconnected, carrier- and vendor-neutral data centres on the African continent. Being a part of the NVIDIA DGX-Ready Data Centre program will allow companies across a wide range of vertical markets to adopt NVIDIA DGX systems for AI and data analytics hosted locally at Africa Data Centres, along with a range of other managed hosting and colocation services that support business-critical data, applications and back-end systems.

Africa Data Centres is an ideal partner for NVIDIA’s DGX-Ready Data Centre program. Becoming DGX-Ready Data Centre certified means that Africa Data Centres customers will benefit from lowered costs and greater control as they accelerate their digital transformation. Organisations can entrust their physical infrastructure management and leave the security to Africa Data Centres. Africa Data Centres are ISO 27001 certified and PCI DSS compliant.

Stephane Duproz, CEO of Africa Data Centres

New Data Centre in Johannesburg

Africa Data Centres has completed the acquisition of a state-of-the-art Tier IV data centre in Johannesburg from Standard Bank, Africa’s largest bank. The acquisition, which has been unconditionally approved by the South African Competition Commission, will prove highly disruptive to the South African data centre and co-location market and consolidates Africa Data Centres’ position as the largest pan-African provider of interconnected, carrier and cloud-neutral data centres. 
The facility is widely recognised as the most prestigious and highly specified data centre anywhere in Africa, offering world-leading levels of security, resilience and capacity. It is also available on an open-access basis, giving every modern technology-driven enterprise the confidence to innovate and grow.
According to Stephane Duproz, CEO of Africa Data Centres, the facility will redefine the data centre experience for regional, continental and global customers. “The unique combination of this outstanding facility and Africa Data Centres’ certified operational excellence is the ideal choice for the most demanding organisations, especially those in the financial services sector, who require the highest standards of security and resilience for their IT infrastructure. We cannot wait to open this hidden gem to the market,” he explains. “The acquisition marks a significant extension to Africa Data Centres’ pan-Africa network of interconnected, carrier and cloud-neutral data centres. It cements our continent-leading position and will further accelerate Africa’s digital transformation.”

The Johannesburg facility has been purpose-built as a Tier IV data centre, offering maximum levels of security and reliability: an essential requirement for demanding financial services organisations. It is also unique in its configuration, featuring complete redundancy across all power and cooling.

Commenting on this continued, continent-wide data centre expansion, Strive Masiyiwa, Executive Chairman of the Liquid Telecom Group says, “We are investing heavily in South Africa at the moment, as well as the rest of Africa. We are very confident in the future of South Africa, hence this significant investment.” Masiyiwa also confirmed that plans are at an advanced stage to enter West Africa, adding, “We have secured land to build the largest data centres in Ghana and Nigeria.” 

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