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Compass Data Centres partners with Hines for Milan data centre

Written by Fri 12 Aug 2022

Compass Data Centres has announced a partnership with global real estate firm Hines to acquire a 2.3 million square-foot site in Milan, Italy. The two companies plan to build one of the largest data centres onto this square footage.

Compass Data Centres currently operates data centres in North America, with locations in the US and Canada. The planned Italian data centre would be the company’s first entry into the European market.

It is also the first European data centre for Hines, which currently owns and operates a US data centre in Somerset, New Jersey.

The data centre partnership between Compass and Hines is supposed to have a facility with 48MW+ capacity. Construction of the data centre is expected to begin in 2023.

AJ Byers, President of Compass Data Centres, noted that building the company’s first European facility marks a major step in Compass’ global strategy for expansion. “Its geographic location, undersea cable connectivity, robust fiber availability and affordable power make it an ideal location for hyperscalers.”

“Hines’ vision for Italy aligns with our own,” he continued,” and our combined resources should accelerate the timeline for customer availability.”

Compass Data Centres appears to have adjusted its North American strategy due to the recent limitations on data centre construction in Loudoun County, in the data centre corridor in North Virginia.

To accommodate power supply constrictions in Loudoun County, data centre companies have been required to pivot their strategies within the region.

Compass Data Centres is among those that have expanded plans to construct massive data centre campuses in nearby Prince William County along the Manassas Digital Gateway.

Global real estate firm Hines expressed its interest in establishing a foothold in the European data centre market. Mario Abbadessa, senior MD, and head of Hines Italy noted that the partnership with Compass represents “significant opportunities in a high-growth sector. The Italian data centre market is becoming a leading destination for cloud providers with growing capacity requirements.”

“Milan’s high level of network connectivity and the region’s multiple submarine cable termination points were key elements in the identification of the Novigilio site as an ideal data centre campus location in Milan’s supply-constrained market.”

Written by Fri 12 Aug 2022


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