U.S. technology giant Google is expanding its Google Cloud Network to Brazil with the launch of a data center in the state of Sao Paulo.
The data center will be launched in 2017. Google has not yet disclosed the exact location of the site.
The new facility, Google’s first in Latin America, will offer Brazilian businesses the chance to host enterprise data close to their headquarters.
Analysts say this is a major step by Google to catch up with other providers, such as Microsoft and Amazon Web Services, in Brazil’s growing cloud services market.
Google plans to add nearly 1,000 people to its payroll globally and offer training and certification programs for private enterprises willing to move their data to cloud. Some reports say that, over the next four years, the company might lessen its reliance on advertising and focus on earning more revenue from cloud services.
According to a report from IDC, the cloud services market in Brazil is on course to register 20% annual growth until 2020. In recent months, many foreign vendors – including Spanish firm Telefonica, America’s Ingram Micro and Chinese telecom giant Huawei – have announced plans to offer cloud services in Brazil.
According to the consulting firm Frost and Sullivan, Brazil’s cloud computing market revenue was US$217 million in 2012 and is expected to reach US$1.1 billion by 2017.