New Data Center Developments: April 2024

We look at some of the latest data center developments that have been announced over the past month.

James Walker

April 4, 2024

6 Min Read
Yondr Group has energized its first campus in Malaysia.
Yondr Group has energized its first campus in Malaysia.Image Courtesy of Yondr Group

The demand for new data centers isn't showing any sign of slowing. With new projects being announced each week, keeping track of the latest data center developments is not always easy.

To keep you informed about the latest data center news involving design, construction, and related developments, we bring you the highlights from the past month.

This curated selection will help you stay on top of the latest data center development news with ease.

North American Data Center Deals

Google has announced it is expanding its presence in the Midwest with a $1 billion investment that will include the company’s first data center in Kansas City, Missouri. 

In addition to the data facility, the investment includes a new power purchase agreement (PPA) with Ranger Power that will support 400 MW of new-to-the-grid carbon-free energy capacity. 

“Google’s selection of the Kansas City region is another example of our state’s ability to attract and support world-class companies,” said Governor Mike Parson. 

In other hyperscale news, Amazon purchased a 960 MW data center campus in northeast Pennsylvania from Talen Energy for $650 million. Known as Cumulus, the campus is located next to a nuclear power plant, offering an energy-hungry infrastructure with direct access to nuclear power.

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As power consumption outpaces power production in the States, the Cumulus data center may offer a significant case study for renewable energy in the data center.

In Georgia, Microsoft bought nearly 21 acres adjacent to its existing Palmetto data center campus for $6 million, while Prologis, a major owner of warehouses across the US, announced a pivot from warehouses to data centers. Over the next five years, the company plans to invest over $25 billion in data center development projects.

Cloud provider OVHcloud has announced the opening of its second data center in Canada. 

Located in Cambridge, Ontario, the $107 million facility has a capacity of 10,000 servers and 2 MW of power. It will be accessible to OVHcloud US customers and will purportedly deliver improved latency compared to the existing OVHcloud data center near Montreal and the OVHcloud data center in Vint Hill, Virginia.

Staying in Virginia, Skanska has signed a contract with an as-yet-unnamed client to build a data center in the eastern US state. The $242 million deal will herald the development of a 23,000 sq.m data center across three halls.

Avant Technologies is building a micro data center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as the company looks to capitalize on the demand for AI training infrastructure.

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More North American data center news:

  • Microsoft has filed for another data center in San Antonio, Texas.

  • Mitsubishi and Digital Realty have formed a joint venture that will see the development of two new data centers in the Dallas metro area.

  • Meta is planning to open a new data center in Rosemount, Minnesota in 2026.

  • Avant Technologies is building a micro data center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

  • Aligned Data Centers has secured a $600 million credit facility to support the development of its newest and largest data center in West Jordan, Utah. 

European Data Center Developments

In Europe,  AtlasEdge has unveiled a new data center in the northern city of Leeds. “The new site provides connectivity, colocation, and cloud services in one of the UK’s fasting growing cities economically and an increasingly influential digital hub,” the company stated. 

Plans also appear to be moving forward for Kao Data’s 40 MW data center near Manchester. According to reports, a local planning committee is expected to green-light the company’s plans for a $440 million data center in the town of Stockport. Download Kao Data’s white paper for more details. 

Elsewhere, Equinix has revealed plans to transform a former industrial site in Slough, 20 miles west of London, into a data center campus. 

On the heels of announcing its first Paris data center and breaking ground on a 12 MW facility in Bangkok, NTT Data announced plans to construct a 26.6-acre data center campus outside of Berlin. The 96MW Brieselang campus will be NTT’s third Berlin-based data center.

Also in Germany, Sirius Real Estate sold its 37,830 sqm Frankfurt business park site to an unnamed data center developer for €40.1 million.

Asia-Pacific Data Centers Builds

In Asia-Pacific data center news this month, Yondr Group has energized its first campus in Malaysia, marking a significant milestone in delivering the site’s power infrastructure.

Located in Johor’s Sedenak Tech Park, the campus is set to deliver 300 MW of critical IT capacity when fully complete. It will see the development of multiple phases, with access to dark fibre connectivity, scalable utilities, and infrastructure. 

Lendlease and Princeton Digital Group have completed the construction of one of Japan’s largest data centers to date – a six-story, 48MW facility in the Greater Tokyo area.

Other Asia-Pacific data center news:

  • China’s ‘East Data West Computing’ plan aims to bring huge new data centers to poorer western provinces.

  • Bain Capital is reportedly looking for fresh backers of Chindata Group Holdings in a bid to keep expanding the APAC-focused data center company.

  • According to local press reports, Amazon has temporarily put the brakes on a planned $4.5 billion data center initiative in New Zealand.

Middle East and Africa Data Center Investments

A slew of Middle East data center deals were announced at the recent LEAP tech conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Among the planned investments:

  • AWS will invest $5.3 billion to create a new infrastructure region that will open in 2026.

  • DataVolt, a Saudi-based data center company, will invest $5 billion in developing data centers with a capacity of over 300 MW.

  • IBM will invest $250 million in a software development center in the region.

  • ServiceNow, a software company, will invest $500 million to localize services in Saudi Arabia.

Staying in the Middle East, Zoho Corporation has announced the opening of two data centers in Saudi Arabia to ensure local data is stored within the nation’s geographical boundaries, in line with the Personal Data Protection Laws (PDPL).

Located in Jeddah and Riyadh, the two data centers are now fully operational. Zoho now has 18 data centers worldwide.

African data center firm Teraco has raised more than $100 million for the construction of a 120 MW solar plant and an 80 MW wind farm to support its operations in South Africa.

About the Author(s)

James Walker

James Walker is the Senior Editor of Data Center Knowledge. He has more than 16 years of experience writing for business and technology publications, with a focus on translating technical issues to make them more accessible and engaging.

Before joining DCK, James was editor of The Daily Swig, an award-winning cybersecurity news website, and his work has been featured in The Times and BBC Online, among other publications. His first full-length book, HIT: Once Upon a Field, was published in 2023.

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