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Chayora pushes ahead with China hyperscale data centre roll out

This is Chayora’s second campus and when this and its existing Tianjin campuses are fully developed, the two sites will jointly provide capacity of more than 200MW of IT load.

By João Marques Lima

Co-founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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November 18, 2021 | 12:56 AM GMT

Hong-Kong based data centre investor and operator Chayora has added anm 8.5-acre Shanghai data centre campus to its footprint in mainland China.

The 54MW IT load centre is designed to serve hyperscale high performance customers.

This is Chayora’s second campus and when this and its existing Tianjin campuses are fully developed, the two sites will jointly provide capacity of more than 200MW of IT load and over 35,000 racks.

The company said the first data halls in Shanghai will be ready for service in Q4 of 2022, accommodating a total of 10,000 racks with connectivity being provided into the facility by telecom operators including China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom and CITIC.



Shanghai is one of the largest cities in China, serving a regional population of more than 200 million people.

Jonathan Berney, Co-Founder and COO, Chayora, said: “Our latest campus is strategically located to serve Shanghai and Eastern China where our customers have greatest demand.

“We are delighted to be launching our second campus which offers Build to Suit and Wholesale capacity at scale with 10,000 racks available and connectivity.”

Chayora is developing a series of hyperscale, fully licensed data centre campuses in key locations across China: initially in Tianjin to serve the greater Beijing and northern provinces; and in Shanghai to serve the eastern provinces.

Its Tianjin campus launched in October 2020 and is located 120km south east of Beijing and can be extended up to 300MW of power and 25,000 racks. The development sits on a 32-hectare/ 80-acre piece of land.

China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom and international carriers are also connected to the site.

To aid in its expansion plans, Chayora which is wholly-owned by Chayora Holdings Limited, a Cayman Island-based company, named Teresa Shi as Chief Financial Officer.

Based in Shanghai, the executive has over 17 years of experience in providing financial management and strategy to both world-class corporations and fast-growing start-ups around the globe.

Prior to joining Chayora and between 2016-2020 she was the Head of Finance for Byton, an EV start-up, where she established financial operations, processes, systems and teams.

Shi led the team in delivering a diversified debt financing structure and played a key role in four rounds of equity financing, which in combination totals up to US$1.2 billion.

Prior to that, she worked as a senior finance executive in a Silicon Valley new energy startup as well as a US based tier one automotive supplier.

Shi said at the time: “The data centre industry is exploding and in a post COVID world all sectors are aware of their dependence on the internet and data related services.

“Growth in digital infrastructure and the recent regulatory changes that have created a demand for expansion by businesses wishing to trade in China’s financial services will inevitably fuel Chayora’s growth.”

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