Equinix opens its largest Latin America data centre to date aimed at the digital edge
By João Marques Lima Published: 14:05, 9 March, 2017 Updated: 14:05, 9 March, 2017
215,000 sqf facility not part of Verizon’s data centre portfolio acquired by Equinix in December 2016.
Global provider Equinix has opened a $69m International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre in São Paulo, Brazil, the company’s largest to date.
The facility in Santana de Parnaíba, dubbed as SP3, has expanded the company’s portfolio in the country to five data centres with one more to be added following the completion of the acquisition of Verizon’s data centres in the Americas which include one building in São Paulo.
The opening of the data centre followed demand from enterprises, financial services firms and cloud and IT providers to interconnect with business partners at the digital edge.
The first phase of SP3 provides a total capacity of 725 cabinets. Upon completion of the multi-phase build out, the facility will provide a total capacity of 2,775 cabinets, doubling Equinix’s available space in Brazil, and making SP3 the largest multi-tenant data centre in Latin America, according to Equinix.
SP3 has over 215,000 sqf of gross data centre space, of which more than 90,000 sqf will be colocation space when fully built out.
The building has a power of nearly 13.3 MW and a PUE of 1.35 once fully operational.
Karl Strohmeyer, president of Americas, Equinix, said: “Our continued growth in Brazil highlights strong demand for hybrid cloud and greater interconnection as enterprises are looking to move to a globally distributed architecture so they can better interconnect people, locations, clouds and data at the edge of corporate networks.”
Equinix’s São Paulo operations serve as a business hub for approximately 1,000 companies including 270 cloud and IT services companies and more than 70 telecommunications carriers
Jeff Paschke, research director, 451 Research, said: “Equinix is opening SP3, its largest data centre in Brazil, which will double Equinix’s capacity in Brazil. SP3 is the largest multi-tenant data centre we are aware of in Brazil and Latin America.
“With the underserved nature of the data centre market in Brazil we believe that Equinix can encounter success with the new facility.
“We also expect that Equinix may continue investing in Latin America and we wouldn’t be surprised to see additional data centre expansions by Equinix in the region over the next few years.”
Watch bellow a tour of Equinix’s newest facility in Brazil.
Brazil, Angola 6,165km internet subsea cable loading officially starts
By João Marques Lima Published: 15:56, 19 April, 2017 Updated: 15:56, 19 April, 2017
First submarine cable to cross the South Atlantic is set to be brought fully online in the second half of 2018 with a bandwidth of 100Gbit/s.
The loading of a cable connecting Angola to Brazil has been initiated on the African shore as related marine surveys conclude.
The South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) will measure 6,165 Km in length and land in Fortaleza on the Brazilian side and at Sangano beach, Luanda, on the Angolan side.
Completion of the marine survey means that final manufacturing can be completed and any minor route and/or cable type adjustments can be fine-tuned based on the actual survey findings.
The cable has been designed with four fibre pairs with each fibre pair capable of transmitting 100 wavelengths with a bandwidth of 100Gbit/s.
The SACS is to interconnect with the Monet cable system — connecting the United States and Brazil — and WACS, the West Africa Cable System.
Owned by Angola Cables, the system will further links into WACS, a cable system which provides carrier level services to operators in Angola and Sub-Saharan Africa across 11 countries.
As a 14,530 km cable running from Yzerfontein (South Africa) to London (UK), WACS has four fibre pairs and includes 14 landing points, 12 along the western coast of Africa (including Cape Verde and Canary Islands) and two in Europe (Portugal and England).
Angola Cables has commissioned NEC Japan and contracted Ocean Specialists, Inc (OSI) to oversee the construction process, all to assure the highest levels of quality.
Antonio Nunes, CEO of Angola Cables, said: “We have worked closely with our partners and suppliers to ensure the highest possible value of the SACS network for our customers.
“As part of our global connectivity strategy, SACS will offer the first direct, high-capacity southern transatlantic connection.”
Artur Mendes, Chief Commercial Officer for Angola Cables, said: “These key milestones illustrate that the SACS cable is on target for completion as Angola Cables continues to build sales momentum for delivery of services on SACS by the middle of 2018.
“Increasingly, customers are turning to the southern transatlantic route for diversification and security. SACS, coupled with Monet and the existing WACS cable, provide unparalleled value for which we are seeing very high demand in the marketplace.”
Sources. Telefonica turns to German rival to expand cloud capacity
By João Marques Lima Published: 00:05, 27 March, 2017 Updated: 23:12, 26 March, 2017
Company taps into data centre which is set to be expanded to cope with the telco’s need for more cloud power.
Brazilian telecommunications and cloud provider Telefonica Vivo, a business arm of Telefonica, is expanding its services in the South American country and is seeking more data centre space to support its growth.
According to local reports, the company has turned to T-Systems in its search for more data centre capacity.
However, T-Systems is a Deutsch Telekom company, rival of Telefonica. Both Telefonica, through Vivo, and Deutsch Telekom, through T-Systems, provide cloud services in Brazil.
People familiar with the matter confirmed to news source Baguete that Telefonica was indeed turning to Deutsche Telekom’s T-Systems to expand its cloud services reach in the local market.
Both Telefonica and T-Systems declined to comment.
In the meantime, T-Systems has announced an expansion plan for its Barueri T-Center data centre in São Paulo worth $6.4m.
According to Baguete, the client for which T-Systems is building out the data centre plans to move 100% of its data analytics to the site.
The expansion is said to help grow the client’s ability to serve small and media enterprises. However, core applications are to remain on Telefonica’s Vivo cloud.
The Tier III data centre was originally opened in 2011 with a 6.500 sqft capacity and an investment worth $16m.
Since then, a further $8m have been invested into the facility which counts today with 19,375 sqft of hosting space and 50 clients including BAT, Shell and Thyssengroup.
A further $3.2m have been invested in the last two years to improve security and power efficiency, according to Guilherme Barreiro, head of global delivery unit, dynamic platform services at T-Systems.
Barreiro added: “On top of all this, our business plan for the next four years already looks at possible future expansion.”
Brazil’s Ascenty secures $190m to become one of LATAM’s giant data centre operators
By João Marques Lima Published: 00:05, 17 March, 2017 Updated: 23:48, 16 March, 2017
Company also unveils a 75% year-on-year growth and opens its fifth facility in São Paulo with several more to come online in the near future.
Brazilian data centre services provider Ascenty has secured $190m to help finance five facilities under construction and further expansion.
The syndicated funding was led by four financial institutions, including ING and Itaú BBA. The company has not disclosed the name of the other two organisations.
In addition to its expansion in the Latin America region, the money, set to be used over a period of five years, will be used to refinance existing debt.
The five new data centres currently being built across region will expand the operator’s footprint by 85%. All facilities expected to open before the end of 2017.
Chris Torto, CEO of Ascenty, said: “We decided to increase our debt financing to allow us to accelerate the company’s expansion into new markets.
“In 2017, we will launch five new data centres, which will be used to help reduce the shortage of high quality technology services across a range of market verticals in Brazil.
“In a time when the country’s economy is being challenged, this new debt financing provides proof of last year’s great results as well as renewed commitment from our banking partners for Ascenty’s healthy expansion.”
Ascenty has also revealed that its business grew 75% in 2016 when compared to 2015.
Torto said: “This growth happened because Ascenty has world class data centre infrastructure and that is the reason why we are the ones to which the main global technology companies in the country go to.”
Following from the growth and financing results, Ascenty has also announced that it has initiated operations at its first data centre in São Paulo and fifth hub in Brazil.
The São Paulo 1 facility had a building cost of $32m and counts with 4,000 sqm of hosting space and 10 MVA of power.
In addition to São Paulo 1, the company operates data centres in Campinas, Jundiaí, Hortolândia and Fortaleza.
However, despite just cutting the ribbon, Ascenty is also building a second data centre, São Paulo 2, which is expected to open in April 2017.
In February, Ascenty announced it will be opening its eight colocation facility in Rio de Janeiro in an investment that is set to reach $48.2m.
Roberto Rio Branco, marketing, institutional and commercial director at Ascenty, said: “Within our expansion plans, the Rio de Janeiro market is extremely important.”
Ascenty plans eighth Brazilian data centre for Rio de Janeiro
By João Marques Lima Published: 04:23, 15 February, 2017 Updated: 23:07, 16 March, 2017
Strong market demand lead colocation player to establish a presence in one of the most populated regions in the Southern Hemisphere.
Brazilian data centre services provider Ascenty has announced it will be opening its eight colocation facility in Rio de Janeiro in an investment that is set to reach R$150m ($48.2m as of February 2017).
The facility is expected to be brought online in Q3 2017 and will join others in Campinas, Jundiaí, Hortolândia, Fortaleza, São Paulo and Sumaré.
The Rio de Janeiro data centre will be the company’s first in the city and is designed to have a total IT load power of 12MW with a tri-bus electrical system – essentially three power lines servicing each data hall.
With a PUE of 1.7, the facility is expected to also gain an Uptime Institute certification for Tier III services as all other Ascenty data centres have one.
Cooling will be done via direct expansion with condensers above the roof for heat exchange, and an N+2 backup system is to be deployed.
The data centre will also have direct connection the internet exchange points (IXP) in São Paulo and Campinas.
Further connectivity will be provided by fiber optic networks connected into the data centre by telecom operators.
Roberto Rio Branco, marketing, institutional and commercial director at Ascenty, said: “Within our expansion plans, the Rio de Janeiro market is extremely important.
“There are large enterprises carrying out business in the region and some of them are already our partners in some of our other locations.
“We are at the early stages of construction but a large stake of the data centre has already been sold.”