Scala Data Centers, the sustainable hyperscalable data center platform based in Brazil and founded by DigitalBridge (NYSE: DBRG), has begun construction of two new data centers, SP4 and SP5, strategically located in the company’s complex in the city of Barueri, in the state of Sao Paulo (SP).
Designed for a maximum capacity of 18MW, SP4 will be the largest vertical data center in Latin America and Scala’s second greenfield project. SP4 is being built to meet the hyperscale market demand and has already committed 100 percent of its capacity to a single cloud provider. Similarly, SP5 has a total capacity of 9MW and has also been designed to meet the demands of the single-tenant market.
With operations expected by April and September of 2022, respectively, SP4 and SP5 are part of Scala’s campus strategy that consists of world-class engineering and infrastructure operations to accommodate the long-term growth of customers’ IT environment, with customization options. Typically carrier neutral, the Scala campus offers high connectivity, broad access to carrier networks via dark fiber diversity routes, and a secure underground infrastructure.
SP4 and SP5 construction is being overseen by Scala’s Center of Excellence in Engineering (CoE), a novel initiative in Latin America. The CoE is responsible for the entire design and construction management of the company’s data centers, bringing more control, visibility, and greater scalability to each project. A uniform logistics and distribution approach across all data center projects assures Scala of strategic acquisition and delivery of critical equipment such as chillers and generators.
Following the construction of SP3, a single-tenant data center inaugurated in the Tamboré, SP complex in August of 2021, SP4 and SP5 are designed to meet the same stringent specifications of the ANSI/TIA-942-B rated 3 certification that covers all aspects of data center design and construction. Such certification is a first among colocation operators in Latin America.
Moreover, the construction of SP4 and SP5 adheres to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification specifications throughout the entire construction cycle. SP4 and SP5 are already guaranteed 100 percent renewable and certified energy efficient in Scala’s strategic and long-term contracts. Such green initiatives are in line with DigtialBridge’s overall sustainability/ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) program guidelines.
“SP4 and SP5 reflect Scala’s commitment to support the growth of its customers’ IT infrastructure. Such projects propel our growth by constantly evolving through the adoption of cutting-edge technologies and innovative processes of our robust platform,” comments Marcos Peigo, CEO and co-founder of Scala.
Ongoing investments include Scala’s planned construction of SP6, a mega site in its Tamboré complex, along with new campuses in Campinas and Jundiaí, in the countryside of Sao Paulo. When these projects are complete, Scala’s total data center capacity in Brazil will be around 300MW. Scala also plans to expand into other parts of Latin America in strategic locations in Mexico, Chile, and Colombia.