Scala Data Centers receives an environmental license to build the largest data center campus in Chile


Scala Data Centers, Latin America’s leading sustainable data center platform in the Hyperscale market, has been awarded the environmental license to build the largest data center campus in Chile. Located in Lampa, santiago metropolitan area, the campus will have a total capacity of 120 MW and plans an initial delivery of 30 MW. Scheduled to start operations in the first quarter of 2024, Scala’s new data center will see the light of day to support a Hyperscale customer.

In September 2022, the company has started the construction of the first data center campus in the municipality of Curauma, Valparaíso region, with a total capacity of 45 MW. The first building should be completed in March 2023 and is anchored in a long-term contract with a Hyperscale customer. The company also launched the executive project for its third data center in the country, in santiagowith a total capacity of 80 MW, starting with the installation of a FastDeploy building, a design and construction methodology exclusive to Scala that allows the deployment of data centers up to 50% in less time compared to to the traditional model.

Scala’s three campuses in Chile will result in initial investments of approximately 400 million US dollars and will provide a combined capacity of over 200 MW, contributing to the country’s sustainable development. All data centers will use 100% renewable and certified energy, in line with the company’s portfolio, and are expected to generate approximately 1,000 direct and indirect jobs in the country. The locally recruited Operational team will undergo additional technical training at the company’s Training Center in São Paulo, Brazil. In addition to the technical scope, these new employees will benefit from a cultural exchange with the Brazilian team of Scala.

In addition to the two campuses of santiago, the choice of location for Curauma is strategic, since it is in the region of Valparaíso that the Humboldt submarine cable will be launched. With approximately 15,000 kilometers of fiber, Humboldt connects, for the first time, the Latin America to Asia Pacific Region. “The construction of a data center near the arrival site of the submarine cable will guarantee an unprecedented scale and quality of connectivity between Latin America, Asia and Oceania, contributing massively to the activation of the digital infrastructure of the region”, explains Marcos Peigo, CEO of Scala. “And in a scenario where 5G accelerates the deployment of various services and applications that use high volume of data and require low latency, such as metaverse, Internet of Things (IoT), telemedicine, self-driving cars , among other things, it is something even more expressive, ”adds the executive.

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Scala’s projects will be led by the company’s Center of Engineering Excellence (CoE), an unprecedented initiative in the segment. With more than 150 engineers, CoE is responsible for all activities involved in building a data center, from site selection, planning, design, construction and commissioning, which speeds delivery to customers and brings gains in scale, control and greater project visibility.

According to IDC, business spending on IT infrastructure in Chile will increase by 12% between 2021 and 2024, driven, among other things, by the data center ecosystem. Over the same period, the consultancy forecasts an increase in cloud-related spending of around 34.6%. This scenario is due to the arrival of 5G, the digital transformation in the mining industry, the acceleration of connectivity and the advancement of the streaming market.

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