Africa Data Centre, a business of Cassava Technologies, has reported that they have broken ground on an additional data centre facility in Nairobi, Kenya.
Africa Data Centres indicated that the new build will see the existing facility on the adjacent piece of land expanded up to an extra 15MW of IT load.
The company notes that the new site will be completed in the first half of 2024 and will bring five times more capacity than is currently installed.
Speaking about the expansion, Hardy Pemhiwa, Group President & CEO of Cassava Technologies, said, “The development 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 hyper-scale deployment in a few years if they choose to. In addition, this will enable customers to operate multiple deployments across our sites with a single operations team, campus, and infrastructure they are familiar with.
Also commenting, Tesh Durvasula, CEO of Africa Data Centres, said, “Kenya is the country that pioneered mobile money, and today boasts of a wide range of incubators and tech startups, a clear sign of an innovative tech culture. The focus on Kenya as a critical region aims to take the region further into the digital era and uplift the country’s profile globally as an attractive investment destination for international cloud providers, hyperscalers, and other ICT companies.
According to them, the new data facility will begin with 5MW of IT load. It 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.