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Vodacom Opens New World-Class Energy Efficient Data Centre in Cape Town

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

7 Storeys

Over 1 500 sq m of data floor space expandable to nearly 3 000 sq m

Fully redundant electrical N+N configuration, and in some cases even higher redundancy

Fully redundant N+N high efficiency water cooled chiller plant. Energy efficient designs with annual energy savings of nearly R1 million

Johannesburg, 26 July 2011: Vodacom will officially open a brand new, state-of-the-art, energy efficient data centre in Cape Town Foreshore on July 26th.

"As part of the journey to reduce our carbon footprint, one of the key design goals when building this data centre was to ensure energy efficiency which will not only help reduce  carbon emissions, but can result in cost reductions that can be passed on to our customers. We're excited about this data centre because it shows our commitment to our joint initiative with our parent company Vodafone, to ensure that we reduce our carbon emissions worldwide," says Portia Maurice, Chief Officer of Corporate Affairs at Vodacom.

The data centre is the latest built to meet the needs of the growing community of Vodacom business customers and to prepare for the expansion of cloud computing which is already gaining traction in South Africa.

"Since the establishment of our Business Services division just over three years ago, we are seeing business customers of all sizes demand more and more services to run and grow their organisations," says Chris Ross, Managing Executive Commercial, Vodacom Group.  

"Virtualisation, hosted services such as hosted call centres, telepresence, and increased acceptance of convergence have all been major factors in the investment in our new data centres. Vodacom has now established itself as a leading cloud based hosting provider in South Africa and is aggressively expanding its capabilities across the continent. The infrastructure reaches through all of its data centres and as such enables customers to deploy rapidly in any geographic region - bringing the Foreshore data centre online is an integral link in those capabilities." says Ross.

Scalable cloud computing plays a vital role in any modern data centre and Vodacom has partnered with VMware and Novell to give customers all the benefits of efficient and cost effective market-leading technology.

"Vodacom has reduced the space needed to host traditional servers in our data centre. We have also reduced power utilization to help reduce our carbon foot print. We will pass the benefits of cloud computing to our customers and enabling a truly flexible, agile and scalable cloud service," concluded Ross.

Some facts on the data centre:

Total square meterage: Scalability of the data centre was a key design feature with the data floor area being able to expand from an   initial 1 552sq m to an ultimate 2 862 sq m.  All major building works and the envelope of the building have been completed in Phase I and further expansion can be easily introduced by fitting out of electrical and mechanical services as and when required.

 Energy facts: Cooling is provided by a water-cooled chiller plant selected primarily because of its energy efficiency. Low energy usage has been a key design goal: e.g. air-cooled step-down transformers with an efficiency of greater than 98%, distributing power at the highest possible voltage as close to the source as possible, selection of T5 technology lamps as well as LED lamps throughout the building, and lighting control which takes place through individual Lux and motion sensors being mounted to each fitting with a time delay to off.

Use of service passages around the data centre floor areas which improves thermal insulation, reduces the risk of water entrance to critical data floor areas and improves physical security.

Fully redundant N+N high efficiency water cooled chiller plant. Energy efficient designs with annual energy savings of nearly R1 million


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