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A debate has been shaping up as to whether data centres are infrastructure or a type of warehouse within the real estate sector.
Dedicated data centre funds gloss over whether the sector is real estate or infrastructure and LPs are committing plenty of capital.
Data centres are increasingly moving away from real estate and are a ‘huge infrastructure investment’, according to the new unit’s leader Duncan Clubb.
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The UK-based firm will fund the investment through one of its Asia real estate funds.
Marc Ganzi Colony Capital
Colony Capital, which has pivoted to digital infrastructure after its 2019 acquisition of Digital Bridge, has several deals in Asia-Pacific in its pipeline.
GI Data Infrastructure Fund targets investments in data centres, telecommunication towers and fibre wiring.
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The investment will be used to expand the firm's data centre businesses across APAC at a time when competition in the hyperscale sub-sector is fierce.
Sky-high valuations coupled with technology risk might seem to undermine the data centre fairy tale. But for the right assets, opportunities abound.

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