Australian real estate firm Trifalga is launching a data center unit and is planning a largescale campus in Sydney, New South Wales.

Trifalga and Trifalga DC’s first project will be a 74,411 sqm (800,000 sq ft) facility in Rouse Hill, northwest Sydney. The company didn't share a go-live date.

The facility has already received approval from local officials. The company said its sustainable design approach meant approximately three hectares of biodiversity surrounding the facility will be maintained.

“Data centers are an innovative asset class that build on Trifalga’s development and construction expertise and experience in delivering alternative developments, particularly in NSW,” said Trifalga CEO Joe Abboud. “Trifalga DC is working with a number of potential hyperscale and edge compute partners to roll out different data center solutions around the country.

“Investors understand big growth and what we want our current and potential investors to understand is that there is big growth in cloud technology.”

Trifalga said it will be targeting hyperscale and Edge markets across Australia; the company claims to have a pipeline of hyperscale sites, and plans to provide a network of ‘meshed Edge data centers with high density compute, storage, content hosting, and cloud gateways which will connect to core hyperscale facilities.’ The company didn’t share specific details.

The company also announced a partnership with Kalinda IT, a First Nations IT and data center operator that will manage, run, and sell services within each asset. The company recently completed an AU$3 million capital raise to support the national rollout of the Edge cloud.

“Trifalga DC led this investment raise to not only drive even more demand in edge computing and data centers across Australia, but to cement our relationship with Kalinda IT as we continue to offer support in an advisory capacity,” said Abboud.

The deal was structured in collaboration with Reach Markets.

“Trifalga DC has been a great supporter of our vision for digital inclusion, on country, in country, and with country, along with a strong focus on meaningful Indigenous engagement within the IT sector,” added Kalinda IT CEO Michael Dickerson. “The team was instrumental in our capital raise, demonstrating deep engagement. Their commitment to Indigenous inclusion extends beyond mere words.”

A number of real estate firms are increasingly targeting the data center space. Hickory this year announced plans for a 36MW facility in Melbourne, Australia, while August saw Lendlease announce a $600 million hyperscale facility in Japan. Logistics real estate firms such as LOGOS and ESR Cayman are also moving into the sector with several planned developments. PAG Real Estate has set up its own data infrastructure fund.

Dubai’s DAMAC Group has launched its own data center company and invested in Ireland’s Dataplex. PRP recently announced it was diversifying away from office properties to increase focus on industrial and data center assets. In Spain, logistics-focused real estate firm Renta Corporación is building a data center in Barcelona, and Merlin is building a number of facilitates across the Iberian region. Prologis is working with Skybox in the US.

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