Could international clients lead South Africa data centres to use more green energy?

We have previously used the News section of the Data Centre Shop website to detail ways in which many companies can improve the eco-friendliness of the data centres that they run. Many operators of data centres in South Africa could soon be making greater use of this advice, if a claim recently made by Brendan Dysel of the African data centre organisation Teraco Data Environments should be taken seriously. Dysel recently claimed that, as many international clients are committed to using sustainable energy, more South Africa data centres could switch to using green power.

More – but necessary – costs for South Africa data centres

Dysel made this claim when addressing an audience at the Southern Africa Network Operators Group, otherwise called SAFNOG, in South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg. Dysel commented that, though more will have to be spent on running South Africa data centres due to conversion of energy that they use to the green variety, this eco-friendlier trend “is going to become the norm, especially with the amount of international clients coming through SA”.

Other challenges facing operators of Africa data centres

Dysel also used his talk to outline other challenges facing data centres in Africa. Crucial such challenges, Dysel noted, include insufficient utility power stability in countries like South Africa, increasing power density needs, and particular conditions, like humidity, that are especially common in Africa but could adversely affect performances of data centres there.

Further problems cited by Dysel include other requirements of international clients. These requirements include that the data centres that these clients use conform to ISO 9001 quality certification and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, otherwise known as PCI DSS.

Reasons to consider what Teraco says

Teraco certainly seems to have suitable credentials to be able to pass credible comment on what problems are currently facing data centres in Africa. The company has facilities in the South African cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban and, according to information disclosed by the company at the SAFNOG event, has seen its number of clients increase from just 3 in 2009 to 155 in 2013.

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