Scala buys sustainable 100 MW campus in Brazil
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.”
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."
Equinix: Digital leaders expect changes to working patterns
A global report released by Equinix has revealed that digital leaders expect long-term changes to the way people work.
As part of the report, the data infrastructure company surveyed 2,600 IT decision-makers from several different businesses spanning 26 countries in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions. The study also highlighted the biggest technology trends affecting global businesses and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted digital infrastructure plans.
Talking about companies’ expansion strategies, Claire Macland, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Equinix, said: “Many companies are now investing more in their digital infrastructure to enable them to embrace a hybrid working model and thrive in the new world of work we all find ourselves in.
“Despite headwinds in many sectors, many organizations are continuing to expand physically and virtually into new markets and regions around the world”, she said.
The report drew the following conclusions:
- 64% of the 2,600 digital leaders surveyed believed there will be “long-term changes to both how and where people will work in the future.
- 57% of global companies intend to expand into new regions despite the effects of the pandemic
- 51% of businesses worldwide say they have rearchitected their IT infrastructure so that it can meet the demands of remote and hybrid working. Digital transformation has also been accelerated due to an increase in businesses’ technology budgets.
How might digital transformation be affected post-pandemic?
COVID-19 has demanded that companies make several changes to the way that they operate, including digital transformation. According to the study, 47% of those surveyed reported that they have accelerated their digital transformation plans because of the Coronavirus pandemic. A further 42% of organisations said their budgets have increased to keep up with the growth of digital transformation.
Another change in adapting to the pandemic was to businesses’ IT strategies with six in 10 companies saying that it has been revised in response to the situation. 58% said they are looking to invest in technology to “improve agility’ post-COVID.
When asked about their priorities for their digital strategy, 80% of respondents said that digitising their infrastructure was of utmost importance, while 57% viewed interconnection as a ‘key facilitator’ of digital transformation.
"This increasing focus on digitization and expansion is one of the reasons why Equinix has continued to invest in its own growth. We completed 16 new expansions in 2020—our most active build year ever—and expect to continue to evolve Platform Equinix to support our customers as they continue on their digital transformation journey”, said Claire Macland.
Potential concerns disperse over expansion plans being halted by COVID-19
The study has also revealed that organisations’ previous concerns that the pandemic will negatively affect their business expansion plans have been lessened.
57% of businesses have said that they “still have plans” to expand into new regions and of that percentage, nearly two-thirds (63%) plan to do so virtually instead of investing in physical IT infrastructure.
The full Equinix report can be found here.