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Vodacom Steps Up Mozambique Modular Data Center Build
Vodacom (News - Alert) has been putting a lot of work into operations in Mozambique of late, and that work shows no signs of relenting as Vodacom steps up its work in the region in a pretty big fashion. Vodacom recently put out orders for fully 12 new pre-fabricated data centers to go in place as part of a larger primary switching center near Maputo, Mozambique's capital.
This sounds substantial in and of itself, but things only get more pronounced as the new parts arrive. Vodacom previously took advantage of a helipad at the company's regional office in Maputo to install a new eCenter that handles mission-critical data processing and holds much of the necessary equipment to keep operations up and running. The new facility won't be in Maputo, but rather will be in Matola, part of the industrial zone of Tchumene.
The larger purpose behind the move--according to Flexenclosure, the firm from which Vodacom purchased its data centers—is to give Vodacom more network capacity to offer and improve its ability to take better advantage of the growth in both subscribers and total data traffic seen in the country.
Though what's particularly noteworthy about the data centers in question is that Flexenclosure is putting together a special power supply system into the modules that will give Vodacom a little extra edge. The power solution in question will work with a natural gas pipeline that's in place, and very close to the site. That gives Vodacom a fully operational and environmentally friendly power supply to work with, one that will, at last report, result in 40-percent reductions in CO2 emissions.
The use of modular data centers as well has allowed Vodacom to put more investment into the actual data centers instead of on building supporting infrastructure for said data center. This allows for more investment in capacity, and under the right circumstances, more capacity to offer users.
Getting power to a data center is no easy task, but the combination of Flexenclosure and Vodacom seems to have hit on a way to not only make data centers more readily powered, but also to put more of said systems in place for the same or even less in overall investment. This allows for the potential for more capacity in more places, and that's just the kind of thing that emerging markets, and underserved markets, are looking to get hands on.
It remains to be seen if more of Flexenclosure's pre-fabricated data centers will be used to bring capacity where there is none—or merely where there is little—but with data a very hot commodity, it's likely to carry on like this in at least the near-term future.
Edited by Rachel Ramsey
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