Scala Data Centers Commences Construction of 3rd Data Center in the São Paulo Region
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Scala Data Centers Commences Construction of 3rd Data Center in the São Paulo Region

Scala Data Centers Commences Construction of 3rd Data Center in the São Paulo Region

Scala Data Centers, a hyper-scale data centers platform founded by Digital Colony (after acquiring facilities from Brazilian IT firm UOL Diveo in April 2020), commenced construction a third data center in the São Paulo Region. The new facility, which has received certification as an ANSI/TIA-942-B Rated 3, is adjacent to an existing Scala facility and provides a path for expansion for the current customers and to support Scala's continued growth. With the announcement of the new facility, together with the ongoing expansion of its existing data center buildings, Scala will provide 50MW of data center capacity. The expansion is evidence of the Company's commitment to support its customer and to be a leader in the Brazilian market. 

The new facility, named as SP3, is expected to be operational in January 2021 and will have 13MW of total power capacity. The data center will leverage the operational, design, and construction experience from Digital Colony and the long history of the Scala engineering team to provide a premier data center environment. Eugênio Cruz, Engineering and Operations Director for Scala added: "We are deploying equipment with the latest technology throughout the project to ensure the highest level of performance and, above all, superior energy efficiency to lower the total cost of operations for our customers. This facility will exceed the standards for today's modern data center."

According to Marcos Peigo, Scala CEO: "Brazil is one of the fastest-growing markets for the consumption of digital content driven by increasing usage of mobile devices, the adoption of cloud technologies, and growth of the internet of things." He added: "Scala is committed to expanding its footprint and supporting its customers by offering exceptional quality services in world-class data centers, combining flexibility and speed to market." 

Scala Data Centers, set to be one of the largest data center platforms in Brazil, will be led by former IBM and UOL executive Marcos Peigo. Terms of the transaction behind the acquisition from UOL Diveo were not disclosed by Digital Colony, but Bloomberg reports that the latter spent between $300 million and $400m on the 30,000 square meters of built data center area. Acquisition talks went on for about a year and most of the due diligence and negotiations were completed before the world went into lockdown due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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