Sunday, October 22, 2017

Equinix opens its largest Latin America data centre to date aimed at the digital edge

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.

Equinix’s latest Brazilian data centre. Source: Equinix

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.