May 5, 2021

Scala buys sustainable 100 MW campus in Brazil

LATAM
datacentres
Sustainability
colocation
Harry Menear
2 min
The $183mn purchase of Algar Tech’s campus in Campinas, Brazil, accelerates Scala’s expansion into one of Latin America’s “leading tech hubs”
The $183mn purchase of Algar Tech’s campus in Campinas, Brazil, accelerates Scala’s expansion into one of Latin America’s “leading tech hubs...

Scala Data Centres, one of the fastest-expanding collocation players in the Latin American region, has thrown down US$183mn (about R$1.5bn) to buy the data centre and colocation infrastructure belonging to Algar Tech in the city of Campinas, Brazil.

Algar Tech’s facility will form the anchor for Scala’s new campus in Campinas, which will cover an area of over 130,000 m2, equivalent to more than 15 soccer fields (an essential metric for measuring real estate deals in the Brazillian market), and have a capacity of 100 MW at full buildout. 

The finished campus will comprise three data centres, the first of which is the existing facility purchased this morning. Algar Tech’s data centre was originally built back in 2009 and was the first of such facilities in Brazil to be powered by locally-sourced photovoltaic power. 

According to Scala, “The Algar data centre facility utilises photovoltaic energy, having been the first in Latin America to adopt this alternative energy use, building upon Scala's commitment to clean energy.” 

Tatiane Panato, CEO of Algar Tech, explained in a press release that the operator will continue to focus on its other offerings, and made no indication that the sale would be part of a larger-scale buyout of Algar Tech’s assets by Scala or anyone else. He added that, “In recent years Algar Tech has invested in the evolution of its portfolio and has sought new skills to operate in an increasingly digital world. This decision is part of the company's growth and specialisation strategy that focuses on Customer Experience and Managed Services.” 

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Courtesy of Scala 

Marcos Peigo, co-founder and CEO of Scala, said: "By identifying synergies and leveraging on team's best practices, we will quickly integrate this operation into the Scala portfolio. We are growing together with our customers, some of them are even present in the two Campus, Campinas and Tamboré."

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Jun 22, 2021

NKG1 opens BDx Nanjing data centre campus

BDx
datacentres
COVID-19
Infrastructure
2 min
Big Data Exchange (BDx) launches the first phase of its Nanjing data centre campus in China with the opening of NKG1.

Big Data Exchange (BDx), a pan-Asian data centre company has launched its Nanjing data centre campus in China with the opening of its first facility, NKG1. The company said they “celebrated” the launch of the campus, located in the Yangtze River Delta, one of the nation's richest regions and its largest import and export base. 

Following its certificate of completion from the Urban and Rural Construction Bureau of Jiangning District in Nanjing City, the NKG1 campus is “now serving customers”. Construction on the Nanjing campus began in February last year. 

"We worked through the challenges of completing a major construction project during the peak of the pandemic because customers were anticipating this launch to support an unprecedented surge of growth and capacity requirements”, said Bill Gao, EVP & Chief Executive Officer of BDx Greater China. 

"The launch of NKG1 enables BDx to have new world-class data centre infrastructure in China. It also lays a solid foundation for BDx to provide OTTs, financial services institutions, and Fortune 500 MNC customers with high reliability, high redundancy, and low latency solutions”, he added. 

What does the NKG1 data centre include?

According to BDx, the NKG1 facility is the first data centre in the city to earn the Uptime Institute Tier III Certification of Design Documents and offers 4MW of IT power for colocation. NKG1 is powered by two separate 10-kilovolt feeders from two substations that aim to provide the NKG campus with 60MVA of total power sanctioned from the grid.

During COVID-19, BDx says that its design and construction team focused on safety to ensure that the project was completed safely and without incident. This enabled the company to add critical capacity to this region and respond to the accelerated shift to digital environments that caused a surge in demand for data center services. “Research shows that demand hasn't dropped as the economy reopens”, BDx said. 

The launch of NKG2

Due to rising demand in China’s data centre market, BDx plans to launch the second phase of its Nanjing campus, NKG2, by the end of this year. “NKG2 is designed to be minimally manned and almost lights-out — a reigning philosophy across BDx's data center cluster. In addition, its highly automated features make for a more sustainable data center environment”, the company said.

 

 

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