Johannesburg, 06 Feb 2024
Teraco, a digital realty company, Africa’s largest interconnection hub and vendor-neutral data centre provider, has announced it will offer connectivity directly through Google Cloud Interconnect at its Isando Campus to the Google Cloud Johannesburg region.
This follows Google’s announcement last week of the launch of the Google Cloud region in Johannesburg, its first on the African continent. Google Cloud Interconnect provides low-latency, high-availability connections that enable enterprises to reliably transfer data using direct physical connections between clients’ on-premises networks and the Google network.
Connecting to Google’s Cloud Interconnect means that traffic does not traverse the public internet and provides the following benefits:
- More reliable and consistent cloud networking services compared to internet-based connections.
- Low-latency connection compared with the public internet.
- By bypassing the public internet, traffic takes fewer hops, so there are fewer points of failure.
- Scaled connection capacity to meet requirements.
- Increased reliability with a dedicated and pre-established network path.
- Improved security because data traffic flows over trusted endpoints in a secure data centre location.
Designed to meet enterprise needs, Google Cloud offers powerful compute and networking performance, a comprehensive portfolio of infrastructure and platform cloud services and unique capabilities from application development and business analytics to data management, integration, security, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain.
"Our direct connections to the Google Cloud infrastructure ensure our clients have direct, secure access to the critical IT resources they need for business success. The launch of Google Cloud in Africa is another important milestone in our digital transformation journey,” says Michele McCann, Head of Platforms at Teraco.
Connecting directly to cloud providers is possible via Teraco’s cloud onramps, which enable rapid provisioning of services to multiple cloud providers. These connections deliver high-performance, secure and low-latency cloud services to enterprises and ISPs in the region by connecting directly to cloud locations that are geographically closest to them.
Teraco, a leading carrier-neutral colocation provider in Africa, is the first provider of highly resilient, vendor-neutral data environments in sub-Saharan Africa. With its world-class data centre infrastructure and network-dense ecosystems, Teraco forms a vital part of the African Internet’s backbone and is essential to the modern enterprise’s digital transformation strategy. Teraco is majority-owned by Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR) – offering customers a global data centre platform designed to enable digital businesses to scale within a highly connected data community across 300+ data centres in 50+ metros and 25+ countries on six continents – together with a continuing interest maintained by a consortium of private equity investors, including Berkshire Partners LLC and Permira. For more information, please visit teraco.co.za or follow us on LinkedIn and X.
Digital Realty brings companies and data together by delivering the full spectrum of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions. PlatformDIGITAL®, the company’s global data center platform, provides customers with a secure data meeting place and a proven Pervasive Datacenter Architecture (PDx®) solution methodology for powering innovation and efficiently managing Data Gravity challenges. Digital Realty gives its customers access to the connected data communities that matter to them with a global data center footprint of 300+ facilities in 50+ metros across 25+ countries on six continents. To learn more about Digital Realty, please visit digitalrealty.com or follow us on LinkedIn and X.