Scala Data Centers has launched its first campus in Chile and begun operations at its 5MW data center in Curauma.

The new facility is already fully leased by an anonymous hyperscaler, and is Scala's third data center to be inaugurated this year so far following the company launching additional buildings in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Scala Data Centers Curauma
– Scala Data Centers

The facility, named SSCLCR01, is the result of $65 million of investment and 10 months of construction work. While it currently houses 5MW of IT capacity, the data center has the potential to expand up to 30MW in the coming years.

SSCLCR01 is located 56 miles from Chile's capital city, Santiago, in Curauma which is soon to receive the Humboldt subsea cable connecting Latin America to the Asia Pacific.

"In a scenario where 5G accelerates the deployment of various services and applications that use high data volume and require low latency, Scala has succeeded in choosing its first campus to become operational in Chile," Scala's CEO and co-founder Marcos Peigo said.

"Furthermore, aligned with our purpose of enabling the future in Latin America, we have created a unique opportunity here for customers positioned on the West Coast of the USA and for a potential group in APAC (Asia-Pacific and China) to offer their products and solutions to Latin American customers."

The company said the data center is powered by 100 percent renewable energy and has a PUE of less than 1.2-1.3 and WUE of zero, opting instead for air-cooling.

In addition to the Cuarama Campus, Scala is still working on its planned Lampa Campus in Santiago which has a projected capacity of 80MW with 30MW to be delivered in 2024. The company is also planning a HyperEdge data center in the Santiago area.

In total, Scala is investing ~$400m in Chile during the first phase of these three data center campuses. The company predicts that it will ultimately have a combined capacity of over 200MW.

Scala Data Centers focuses on developing sustainable data centers in Latin America for hyperscale clients. Founded in 2020, the company has since invested around $1.6bn in hyperscale data centers across Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Columbia. The company expects its data center portfolio to reach 500MW in the next five years.