Scala Data Centers invests in LATAM CoE to speed up data centre expansions

Company has several projects in motion in Brazil, with Mexico, Chile and Colombia lined up for geographical growth with MW capacity set to grow from 57MW in 2021, to 340MW by 2023 and a further 800MW of possible expansion.

By João Marques Lima

Founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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August 26, 2021 | 12:00 AM BST

Digital Bridge (NYSE: DBRG)-backed Scala Data Centers has opened a Center of Excellence in Engineering (CoE), in Latin America which will take over the management of the design and construction chain of Scala’s data centres in the region.

This will include the stages of technical diligence, test fit, conceptual and executive projects, from construction management to commissioning.

The CoE will also be responsible for developing data centre technologies and solutions with a focus on increasing operational and energy efficiency.

The CoE already has more than 40 professionals in Latin America – including architects, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineers and specialists in construction, design and commissioning – and is in the process of attracting more talents, with more than 20 open positions, the company said.

Christiana Espinola Weisshuhn, Strategy Director at Scala, said: “We reinforce our commitment to generating value to the market, driving the growth and professionalisation of business throughout Latin America through the hiring of extremely qualified human capital.”

Eugênio Cruz, Engineering Director at Scala, added: “The role of the CoE is crucial in ensuring an orderly and forward-looking data centre development process with world-class quality. We are confident that this centre will work as a great centre of knowledge, providing a new level of technical and engineering innovation not only for Scala, but for the entire segment.”

In Latin America, Scala has in its expansion pipeline the construction of data centres in the main urban and technological centres, characterized by high demand for data storage and connectivity.

In the state of São Paulo alone, the business is investing in the construction of three data centres in its Tamboré complex – SP4 (18MW), SP5 (9MW) and SP6 (60MW) – and in new campuses in Campinas and Jundiaí, planned with a total capacity of 100 MW each.

Across the rest of Latin America, the company’s expansion projects focus on Mexico, Chile and Colombia.

Scala Data Centers current and planned footprint across Central and Latin America. Source: SDC

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