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Sky-high valuations coupled with technology risk might seem to undermine the data centre fairy tale. But for the right assets, opportunities abound.
Digital infrastructure
Resilience and reliability are the short-term challenges as the pandemic puts high capacity workloads on the network’s edge. Longer term, investment opportunities abound.
Infratech
They are not going up the risk curve to invest in it directly but they are finding ways to support tech companies in developing products that will improve their assets and keep them relevant.
Healthcare
The bank will target public health infra in developing countries where a lack of clean water makes even hand washing impossible as a preventive measure.
A decade ago, an infrastructure manager would have been hard-pressed to market a core strategy featuring data assets and renewables. Today, Brookfield is embracing both sectors, as infra boss Sam Pollock tells us.
In November, Washington State Investment Board committed $175m to the fund, with an additional $75m of co-investment capital.
Data centre
The fund acquired a 24.1% stake in Canberra Data Centres from Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation in a move that reflects the importance of digital infrastructure assets.
Data centre
‘Emerging areas like data management’ could be classified as critical infrastructure, Australian federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg said during a speech on the rise of China.
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