OADC launches Africa’s first large-scale, open-access edge data center environment – Advice Eating

Africa’s leading provider of edge data centers, Open Access Data Centers (OADC), today announced the deployment of the continent’s first large-scale open access edge data center environment, OADC Edge, in South Africa. This is the first step in a broader rollout of OADC Edge across Africa, with Nigeria expected to be the next country to benefit later this year. By consolidating edge computing, edge data centers and hyperscale connectivity into a single ecosystem, OADC is building an edge environment that accelerates the realization of business opportunities for its customers…

Africa’s leading provider of edge data centers, Open Access Data Centers (OADC), today announced the deployment of the continent’s first large-scale open access edge data center environment, OADC Edge, in South Africa. This is the first step in a broader rollout of OADC Edge across Africa, with Nigeria expected to be the next country to benefit later this year.

By consolidating edge computing, edge data centers, and hyperscale connectivity into a single ecosystem, OADC is building an edge environment that accelerates the realization of business opportunities for its customers. The ability to securely locate devices in remote locations is critical for 5G operators, ISPs and fiber providers looking to extend the network’s reach into new markets. Latency improvements from local content delivery bring an improved end-user experience and are fundamental to the successful launch of new, time-sensitive applications, while the ability to process large volumes of critical data before it is forwarded to larger, regional facilities improves efficiency while reducing backhaul costs.

OADC Chief Technical Officer Bob Wright (pictured below) explains: “Africa has seen massive investment in hyperscale data centers in recent years, concentrated in the continent’s largest metropolitan areas. However, a presence in a single data center is no longer sufficient to address a country or region. 5G operators, ISPs and fiber optic operators are looking for cost-effective ways to extend network reach into new markets, which requires secure housing of network equipment in remote locations.

Wright continued: “At the same time, the growing desire to make content available and process ever-increasing amounts of data closer to the customer increasingly requires the implementation of a core-to-edge architecture with fully connected local and regional data centers in Africa’s multi-country and multi-city network infrastructure away. OADC is building Africa’s edge data center infrastructure to support customers seeking cost-effective network expansion and those changing their infrastructure delivery strategies to meet content demand closer to the network edge – for improved availability and best-in-class performance – or to scale the network optimize and storage costs by preprocessing the data locally.”

Integral to OADC’s core-to-edge, open access and edge data center offering is the launch of new, regional data centers covering major cities – initially across South Africa – and the rollout of over 100 OADC edge data centers with 0 .5 MW in the largest open access data center deployment on the continent.

The first 17 OADC Edge data centers are already operational in South Africa, offering colocation, rooftop access and high-speed network connectivity between facilities at up to 100 Gbps and on multiple routes for diversity. Sites are fully monitored by our 24/7/365 Network Operation Center (NOC), providing customers with the peace of mind and security they demand. Rollout in key connectivity hubs continues, with new regional Tier III 2-3MW OADC facilities coming online in Q3 2022 and more than 100 OADC edge data centers expected to be operational by the end of 2022.

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