IT services provider Sonda has set out to build Chile’s first tier-4 data center with an investment of US$130 million.
A smaller unit of the data center will be up and running by February 2020, according to BNAmericas, which cited comments from Juan Ernesto Landaeta, Sonda’s Corporate Manager for datacenter and cloud services.
This new data center is an apparent bid from Sonda to protect its market share from the likes of Amazon Web Services, which is expanding rapidly in the Andean country.
Businesses, like banks, that cannot afford service disruptions will choose data centers of this kind, Landaeta has stated.
Considered the most robust and less prone to failures, tier-4 data centers are designed to host mission critical servers and computer systems, with fully redundant subsystems (cooling, power, network links, storage, etc.) and compartmentalized security zones controlled by biometric access controls methods.
Sonda is currently awaiting approval of the design by the Uptime Institute, and will later seek environmental approval from local authorities.
On its website, the IT firms says its data centers ensure operational continuity and information security, by offering scalable infrastructure, so that customers can implement their applications quickly and efficiently.
The Chilean company’s cloud service unit grew significantly in 2016 when it picked up a 66% stake in Brazilian data center service provider Ativas for US$35 million. Today, Sonda runs data centers in Santiago and Sao Paulo in addition to network operation centers in major cities across South America.
Based in Santiago, Sonda has operations in most Latin American countries, and counts the region’s top energy and mining firms, Vale and Petrobras, among its clients.