Equinix Eyes Latin America with $76m Data Center

After Tokyo, Equinix wants to mark its presence in South America.

In its latest press release, Equinix, a company that provides services related to global interconnection solutions, has announced its desire to open another data center in Brazil. This will be the fifth International Business Exchange (IBX) facility belonging to the entity.

The new data center – SP3 – should be located in Sao Paulo. The first part of the investment is valued at $76 million. The firm assumes however the possibility of five additional phases – the entire project should be completed by the first quarter of next year.

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The main aim of SP3 focuses on providing additional resources to support the requirements of the IT infrastructure for local and international businesses operating in Brazil. The center should offer 2,800 cabinets, doubling the current Equinix inventories in South America.

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Earlier this month, Finance Magnates reported on the opening of the company’s data center in Tokyo. Its services are directed primarily to companies representing the financial sector, content and cloud providers. According to the announcement, Equinix looks to be in possession of 150 data centers by the end of 2016. The latest acquisition of Japanese Bit-isle and EMEA’s Telecity should help with achieving that goal.

As reported by Karl Strohmeyer, president of Equinix Americas, in a recent official press release on the project: “We continue to see increasing market demand for interconnection and colocation in Brazil. The new SP3 facility will meet these needs while giving Brazil companies the opportunity to leverage the full scale of Platform Equinix into 40 key markets globally as business needs evolve.”

The Brazilian data center is to be located over an area of 215,000 square feet, providing approximately 13.3 megawatts of energy to customers. The center will also cooperate with another local facility – SP2 – guarantying direct access to 6,300 companies and 1,1500 networks with very low latency.

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