Weekly Data Centre News – 01/12/2023

Weekly Update! Happy December! As the year draws to a close the news will start to slow, but 2024 is looking like another exciting year for the world of data centres. What are your predictions for 2024?

What has happened this week?


The Knight Frank / DC Byte Report focuses on the Middle East and North African (MENA) region, covering the markets of UAE, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Morocco, and Egypt. Read here.


Microsoft pledged £2.5 Billion for UK Investment Drive into AI Data Centres. Read here.

KAO Data announced that construction of its second Harlow data centre, KLON-02, is now fully complete, commissioned, and operational. Read here.

KAO Data has submitted plans for £350m Stockport scheme. Read here.

CyrusOne has officially broken ground on its fifth data center in Frankfurt (FRA5), strategically located in Hanau, 25 km east of the center of Frankfurt, Europe’s data center capital. Read here.

Crypto miner Hive expands data center operations in Sweden. Read here.

evroc announced they have selected Stockholm for flagship data center paving the way for Europe’s first hyperscale cloud and critical AI infrastructure. Read here.

Green Mountain has delivered first data center building to TikTok. Read here.

TikTok pledges €12B European investment over 10 years as work on Norwegian data center begins. Read here.

Google boosts presence in Greece with Data Center investment. Read here.

EcoDataCenter plans to expand its main data center and more than double its current capacity. Read here.

French private equity firm Ardian has acquired data center company Verne Global from Digital 9 Infrastructure. Read here.

UK’s power struggle gets real as data centres plea for energy reforms. Read here.


DataVolt has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with three ministries in Uzbekistan that will see it developing green data centres in the market. Read here.

World’s first commercial undersea data centre has been deployed in Hainan, China. Read here.

OVHcloud plans to develop new data centers in Sydney and Toronto. Read here.

North America

Meta has launched its DeKalb, Illinois, data center. Read here.

Novva Data Centers announced the acquisition of a 7.5-acre campus comprised of several buildings located in South San Francisco. Read here.

Databank announced that it has raised $533 million of capital through a combination of debt and equity to fund the construction of new data centers. Read here.

Microsoft wants to bring a sixth data center, called Ruthenium, to West Des Moines. Read here.

Racine County Board gave final approval to Microsoft land sale, and associated data center development plan. Read here.

A large data center application in the technology zone area just east of the town of Culpeper is headed to the County Board of Supervisors. Read here.

DigitalBridge has closed its digital infrastructure credit fund, DigitalBridge Credit (DBC), having raised $1.1 billion. Read here.

Other interesting articles

Top 5 Tips to Shape Positive PR for the Data Centre Industry. Read here.

Vertiv goes against the grain with wooden datacenters for greener bytes. Read here.

How Meta redesigned its data centers for the AI era. Read here.

What’s it like inside a data center. Read here.

‘It’s Time To Be More Realistic’: Data Centers’ Nuclear Ambitions Suffer Setback. Read here.

Inside Data Centre Podcast

This week I talk Data Centers with Brian Green, EVP of Operations, Engineering & Project Management at Edgeconnex. Listen here.

Have a great week.

Weekly Data Centre News – 24/11/23

Weekly Update! Happy Thanksgiving to all of my US readers. I am going to try and run a 24 Data Centres of Christmas as we lead up to the big day and ideally I want to share your photos of data centres across the world.. Please send me any pictures you have and I do my best to include them.

What has happened this week?


£4bn Swansea renewable energy project (including a hyperscale data centre) progresses. Read here.

Applications have been filed for more data centers in Slough, UK. Read here.

Altice has sold a chunk of data centre business to Morgan Stanley. Read here.

Gigas CEO and co-founder Diego Cabezudo says the group expects to invest “around €10 million” in Portugal next year. Read here.

Construction has begun on Colt Data Center Services’ (Colt DCS) third Frankfurt data center. Read here.

Google submits application for major power tender for planned data centre in Norway. Read here.

A local mayor has said claims that Google’s upcoming data center campus in Norway will require 860MW are false. Read here.

Germany’s Hauck Aufhäuser Lamp Privatbank is launching a data center investment fund. Read here.

NLighten, the new regional Edge data center firm from I Squared Capital, has entered the Netherlands and acquired a data center in Amsterdam. Read here.

Equinix has improved the energy efficiency of its FR6 data center in Frankfurt, Germany, with the use of artificial intelligence. Read here.

Euskaltel breaks ground on Basque Country 2MW data center. Read here.

Ceuta, an autonomous city of Spain on the north coast of Africa, is set to get its first data center. Read here.

Nexspace launched a 2MW data center in Heidelberg, Germany. Read here.

Middle East & Africa

Raxio Data Centres confirmed the launch of its newest facility in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Read here.

Egypt set for its first hyperscale data centre. Read here.

Touchdown 2023: Middle East leaders hail strong data centre market growth poised to edge $8bn. Read here.

Pan-African operator Open Access Data Centres (OADC) is expanding its data center in Johannesburg, South Africa. Read here.


Construction has commenced on NEXTDC’s D1 Darwin data centre. Read here.

Australian superannuation fund Rest Super is investing in a data center and battery storage project in Brisbane from Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners. Read here.

Bersama Digital Data Centres tops off 60MW Jakarta facility. Read here.

Microsoft Thailand has unveiled plans to position the nation as a key hub for artificial intelligence in Asia. Read here.

Chinese data center operator GDS Holdings saw its net revenue reach $345.3 million in the third quarter of 2023. Read here.

Universal Success has committed to investing $240m for data center in West Bengal. Read here.

Equinix expands footprint in Korea to further accelerate the country’s AI development. Read here.

North America

The New Albany City Council has approved an Edged Energy plan to develop 210,000 sq ft a data center in the Ohio city. Read here.

Data center park developer Tract is planning a large campus outside Richmond, Virginia. Read here.

Data center developer, Wurldwide LLC, is to buy 1,000 acres in El Paso, Texas. Read here.

H5 Data Centers announced the expansion of its edge data center located at 100 Taylor Street in downtown San Antonio. Read here.

Skybox Datacenters has started work on a new data center campus in Lancaster called PowerCampus Dallas. Read here.

A “significant” data center development is coming to Ridgeville, South Carolina. Read here.

Microsoft is planning a 6th data center in West Des Moines. Read here.

Microsoft is to invest $680M in digital infra, data centres in Quebec. Read here.

CyrusOne is planning to develop 1.4million sq ft campus in Phoenix, Arizona. Read here.

$800M hyperscale data center project proposed for vacant 1,039 acres in Northeast El Paso. Read here.

South America

Scala Data Centers has announced a new issuance of green debentures worth $215m. Read here.

Brazilian IT firm Surfix Data Center is to expand its footprint across the country. Read here.

Other interesting articles

AI demand & energy reduction to shape data centre trends by 2024. Read here.

Water usage and efficiency in German data centers: A regulatory overview. Read here.

How AI Is Shaping the Future of Data Center Financing. Read here.

AWS turns sewage into sustainable data center cooling. Read here.

AI, sustainability to shape data centre trends in 2024. Read here.

Have a great week.

Weekly Data Centre News – 17/11/2023

Weekly Update! No, it’s not Friday.. I have been locked away in meetings for a couple of days so the news had to wait. Fear not, the news has continued to flow and we have an update full of activity from around the world.

What happened this week?


Spanish construction firm ACS Group is to build a 50MW data center in Madrid. Read here.

Pre-tax profits up at Irish arm of data centre builder and operator Equinix. Read here.

CyrusOne has topped off MAD1, its data center development in Madrid, Spain. Read here.

Green Mountain is to add 10MW data centre to Oslo Campus. Read here.

EcoDataCenter has raised EUR 170 million in debt financing to accelerate ambitious growth plans. Read here.

A data center has been proposed for a former RAF site in Dunkirk. Read here.

NetCologne has commenced construction on a new data centre in Cologne. Read here.

Principal Asset Management has acquired a Digital Realty-occupied data center in Frankfurt, Germany. Read here.

French managed services firm Blue is developing a 2000sqm data center in Nantes. Read here.

Building consultancy Ridge has bought London-based Concert, a data center-focused consulting company, to boost its business in that sector. Read here.

Middle East & Africa

Africa Data Centres to open new Cape facility in Q1. Read here.

South African data center firm Teraco has completed an expansion project at its Durban facility. Read here.

Google to launch Saudi cloud region this week. Read here.

Saudi data centre market to ‘double’ in size by 2028. Read here.


SC Zeus acquires new data centre site in Osaka. Read here.

Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft will invest around $2.8bn each into Thailand. Read here.

APAC data center firm AirTrunk has topped off the latest expansion at its SYD2 campus in the north of Sydney, Australia. Read here.

Digital Edge has secured $335 million green loan. Read here.

CIMIC Group company Leighton Asia has been selected by STT GDC Philippines to deliver Phase 1 of the STT Fairview 1, a multi-phase data centre development project. Read here.

CapitaLand India Trust has secured a $156m loan for the construction of a data center in Navi Mumbai. Read here.

North America

Sharpless Enterprises LLC is looking to develop an 181-acre data center park in Prince William County. Read here.

DataBank has acquired 85 acres of land in Culpeper, Virginia, for a new 192MW data center campus. Read here.

Digital Realty and Realty Income Corporation have established a data center joint venture in Northern Virginia. Read here.

Microsoft launches AI chips as developers seek Nvidia alternatives. Read here.

Starwood Capital is the latest real estate private equity giant to plan a big push into the data centre market. Read here.

Anonymous Project Zodiac gets permission to build on government land in Allen County, Indiana. Read here.

TA Realty is to lease the entirety of an upcoming 430MW data center campus in Leesburg, Virginia, to a cloud firm. Read here.

Stack Infrastructure has issued $290 million in securitized notes. Read here.

South America

Brazilian telecoms firm Brisanet is considering commercializing its Edge data center footprint. Read here.

Other interesting articles

The future of data-driven enterprises is transforming data centre requirements. Read here.

Navigating the AI frontier: Balancing data center evolution with AI revolution. Read here.

Research: Data Centre Investment Set to Match Last Year’s Record. Read here.

In search of the perfect data center environment. Read here.

Dallas Data Centers Face A Pair Of Power Problems. Read here.

Data centers ‘straining water resources’ as AI swells. Read here.

Have a great week.