Mubadala announces investment in US-based Aligned Data Centres

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Mubadala announces investment in US-based Aligned Data Centres
Mubadala announces investment in US-based Aligned Data Centres

To support global hyperscale and enterprise customers and help meet the demand for sustainable and scalable infrastructure, Aligned offers both Scale Data centres (colocation) and Build-to-Scale (build-to-suit) solutions

Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala) has invested in Aligned Data Centres (Aligned), a leading pan-Americas data centre company headquartered in the US, the Abu Dhabi sovereign investor announced. Alongside majority partners managed by Macquarie Asset Management, Mubadala will become a minority partner with this investment.

To support global hyperscale and enterprise customers and help meet the demand for sustainable and scalable infrastructure, Aligned offers both Scale Data centres (colocation) and Build-to-Scale (build-to-suit) solutions. Across 40+ data centres at full buildout, Aligned’s footprint will span more than 2.5 GW of critical capacity.

Aligned recently expanded into Latin America with its acquisition of LatAm data centre provider ODATA, while the majority of the group’s operations remain in North America. This positions Aligned among the largest private data centre operators in the Americas. Data centres in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico are included in the group’s growing LatAm operations.

Commenting on the transaction, Khaled Abdulla Al Qubaisi, Chief Executive Officer of Real Estate and Infrastructure Investments at Mubadala, said, “Mubadala is pleased to invest in Aligned, one of the fastest-growing and dynamic data centre providers in the Americas. Our investment will support Aligned’s rapid expansion, further reinforcing the company’s position as a preferred partner in the Pan-American data centre market. In addition to Aligned’s continued business growth, we are further excited by its AI-ready status, making it strategically positioned to support infrastructure requirements for a broad set of AI, ML, and DL services. We look forward to working with Aligned’s talented management and employees to deliver essential digital infrastructure across the Americas.”

Andrew Schaap, Chief Executive Officer at Aligned, said, “We are excited to partner with the Mubadala team in support of Aligned’s continued growth trajectory and expanding data centre platform, as well as a collective focus on building a more sustainable future through innovative, efficient infrastructure. This investment is a testament to our world-class data centre solutions, high-calibre teams, and ability to quickly address the growing capacity demands and requirements of our loyal hyperscale and enterprise customers across the Americas.”

The Aligned investment builds on Mubadala’s growing digital infrastructure presence in the US. Aiming to deliver fibre services that can reach up to three million homes and businesses over the next five years, Brightspeed, a U.S.-based broadband and telecommunications services company, saw an investment commitment of US$500 million in June this year from Mubadala.

Headed by its Executive Director, Mounir Barakat, the investment is part of Mubadala’s rapidly expanding global digital infrastructure portfolio. To meet increasing demand across Asia, Mubadala invested US$350 million in 2022 into Princeton Digital Group, a leading pan-Asian data centre company focused on expanding world-class data centre services. Mubadala has also invested £800 million into CityFibre, the UK’s largest independent full-fibre platform.

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