NTT Communications Corp. (NTT Com, the ICT and international communications business within the NTT Group; TOKYO:9432) says it has partnered with Pan-African telecommunications services provider Internet Solutions of South Africa, a subsidiary of NTT Group's Dimension Data, to provide the African continent with NTT Com's Nexcenter data center service.
Signed in South Africa on November 27, the partnership will enable enterprise customers in Asia, Europe, and the United States to extend their business into South Africa and implement data center services. Additionally, South African enterprise customers will have connectivity to NTT Com's more than 140 data centers offered globally in over 20 countries and regions as a result of the partnership.
Growing demand from government agencies and content service providers has contributed to a 12% average yearly growth of South Africa’s colocation market. According to NTT Com, it will launch colocation services together with Internet Solutions under the Nexcenter brand this December at Internet Solutions' Parklands data center. Located in Johannesburg's main business district, approximately a 30-minute drive from O.R. Tambo International Airport, the Nexcenter certified Parklands data center will offer globally standardized Nexcenter service that meets over 300 standards governing facilities and operations.
The building holds around 1,900 square meters of server room facilities over four floors, and delivers 1.3 MW of standby battery power, NTT Com says. With a fuel capacity allowing for 45 hours of uninterrupted operation, emergency generators supply power redundancy to a 2N level. The building's network topology includes an internet exchange (IX) point to enhance routing efficiency and fault tolerance, and the air conditioning facilities distribute cooling system redundancy to N+1 level.
NTT Com says the facility is designed to meet TIA942 Tier 3, SOC2 Type2, Type1, and ISO27001 standards. There are plans to add a new tower built to Nexcenter’s standards to deliver 570 high-density racks with 2.2 MW of power in July 2018.
"Internet Solutions is pleased to join this international network of top-standard data centers," said Saki Missaikos, Internet Solutions managing director. "As the first Nexcenter location in Africa, we present attractive service and technological capability to multinational companies looking to expand into the region."
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