Global telecommunications provider Level 3 Communications, Inc. has expanded its Colombian data center network with the opening of its newest data center facility in Cali. The new data center underscores the growing demand for cloud services in Colombia’s third-largest city.
This is the Broomfield, Colorado-based company’s third data center in the Andean country, with the other two located in the capital of Bogotá.
According to DatacenterDynamics, Colombia has far fewer data centers per square meter than its Latin American neighbors. But things are changing, with free-trade zones attracting a growing number of international firms looking to host their service on the cloud. IBM and Zona Franca Bogotá are believed to be the main competitors for Level 3 in Colombia.
The new data center, according to the company, meets all elite data center standards, offering redundant high-density power and cooling systems, multi-tier security and direct connectivity to Level 3’s global network. “Cali is the main urban and economic engine for Southwest Colombia,” said Felipe Gómez Jaramillo, the company’s data center and security director in Colombia.
He added that he new facility is close to the coast where the company activated a subsea cable landing station last year. “Our for 300 kilometers to the seaport city of Buenaventura on Colombia’s Pacific coast and then 154 kilometers over land to the city of Cali making Valle del Cauca an important city for a data center,” said Jaramillo.
Level 3 in more than 500 markets in over 60 countries and runs an extensive fiber network connected by extensive undersea facilities. It has 17 data centers across Latin America, including the two centers in Bogotá.