By James Bargent
There are few IT sectors growing as quickly as Latin America’s soon-to-be-worth $3 billion data center market. Last year alone, the rush to provide server space for the region’s burgeoning IT requirements saw tech giants IBM and Google invest in multi-million dollar Latin American data centers, while more new centers sprung up everywhere from Zona Franca business parks in Panama to mountain-top terraces on Caribbean islands off the coast of Venezuela.
CTEX is about to complete the construction of an advanced data center complex in Curaçao, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea, off the Venezuelan coast. The data centers, being built on top of a mountain terrace 60 meter above sea level, are expected to be more advanced than that of mobile operator Digicel’s US$7mn data center in Jamaica.
CTEX (Curaçao Technology Exchange) is building four data centers, one of which is likely to be ready for operation by first half of 2013.Once built, the data centers will deliver secured unified cloud computing, colocation, archival, disaster recovery and managed services.
In addition to data centers, CTEX is also building Network Access Points (NAP). The company stated that each data center will occupy an area of 52,000 square feet and they will cater to the needs of local technology industry.
Global real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield recently ranked Brazil and Mexico among the ‘riskiest’ countries for building and operating next-generation data centers. Despite the operational obstacles, data collocation and cloud services companies, like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Equinix and IBM, have big expansion plans for markets south of the Rio Grande. That’s because the region suffers from a deficiency in data center infrastructure which, according to Datacenter Dynamics, makes it a suddenly lucrative market.
By Dan Berthiaume
Experts agree that hosted data centers in Latin America can offer value to users, but they don’t seem to agree on much else. Three experts discussed the current state and likely future development of Latin American data centers had some surprising differences of opinion on things like who exactly can benefit from using a hosted Latin American data center and what benefits they can obtain.