Would it surprise you that 10% of all the data centers in Africa are on Mauritius? It shouldn’t given that there are ten in total for the continent and of those, six are in Egypt. In Sub Saharan Africa, there are four data centers. Yes, four.
I found this out while poking around the net and coming across a site quite aptly called, Data Center Map. I’m not sure if it’s 100% accurate, but it seems pretty good and has been around since 2007. For instance, they list 786 data centers in the US in comparison to the paltry four in Sub Saharan Africa on a continent of one billion people. But the US is always a bad comparison. To put this more in to perspective, Slovenia, a country of two million people and only 20,000 square km has five data centers.
So, basically, your choices amongst the few are Internet Solutions, RSA Web, and Teraco in South Africa or Bhumishq in Mauritius. Not that amazing, which is most likely why so many African sites are hosted in the US and Europe; Maneno included for the time being, although we’re hoping to change that in the near future. If anyone has information on more data centers in Sub Saharan Africa, please chime in below.
With the East African cables coming online, one can only hope that we’ll see more enterprising groups open up data centers in Kenya, Tanzania, or even Mozambique. Obviously, they aren’t cheap to set up, but a lot of factors like power don’t come in to play so much when building a data center due to their having a dedicated power system (usually their own generators) in some capacity due to how much they use. The only real issue is that solid terrestrial connection to the outside world. It will be interesting to see what happens in this space and I wouldn’t be surprised if Google already has designs on plopping down at least one of their data containers. On that note, you should check out the article on Data Center Map about data center containers. It’s a good comparison of all that’s out there in this market which will be pretty critical to all the “cloud” talk that’s hot these days.
Mapping Africa's data centers