Africa Data Centres (Africa DC) is acquiring Standard Bank’s data center in Samrand, north of Johannesburg, South Africa, for an undisclosed sum.

The 65,000 sq m (700,000 sq ft) site, built to Tier IV standards, previously focused on secure IT systems for banks. Built for $87m in 2010, the location consists of two buildings that allow for up to eight data center modules of 1,500 sq m (16,000 sq ft) each.

The deal is subject to customary regulatory approvals.

Africa DC's current data center in Midrand

Moving off

Standard Bank said that it no longer requires the facility as it moves to Amazon Web Services and Azure cloud.

“The unique combination of this outstanding facility with Africa Data centres’ certified operational excellence makes it the ideal choice for the most demanding organisations, particularly those in the financial services sector, who demand the highest standards of security and resilience for their IT infrastructure," Stephane Duproz, CEO of Africa Data Centres, said.

"The data center has sufficient power and vacant space for significant expansion. Like all of Africa Data Centres’ facilities, the Samrand facility will operate on a fully carrier-and cloud-neutral basis."

Africa DC already operates one facility in the Johannesburg area, a 3,000 sq m (27,000 sq ft) site of around 7MW, while a new site is being built nearby. The company, part of the Liquid Telecom Group, also operates facilities in Cape Town, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Harare, Zimbabwe; and Kigali, Rwanda. Africa DC also plans to open a data center in Egypt.