Data centres and the cloud are again in the news in Latin America thanks to announcements from Google in Chile and Codisa in El Salvador.
Internet search giant Google says it has inaugurated a cloud region in Santiago, its second in Latin America (it opened a Brazilian region in São Paulo in 2017) and its 29th globally. It also has an internal data centre in Quilicura, near Santiago.
The new cloud region is part of a data centre expansion that was announced in 2018. According to the BNamericas website, its infrastructure is dedicated to cloud services and data storage, plus offers like compute engine, Google kubernetes engine, and BigQuery. From Santiago, Google will serve a number of major corporate clients.
Meanwhile, in El Salvador, Costa Rican IT firm Codisa has broken ground on a new data centre. Codisa has partnered with real estate firm Aristos Group to develop the facility, which will hold 322 racks and have a total capacity of 3.5MW. Codisa also operates three data centres in Tibás, outside San Jose.
The Data Centre Dynamics website says that the DataTrust facility is located in the Altius Tech Park in Ciudad Arce, La Libertad; the partner companies said they are investing $30 million in the project, which is due to come online in Q4 2022. The Altius park will have eight office buildings and a data centre for a total of 46,000 square metres of leasable area.
All of the buildings on the site will be powered by a solar farm located at the technology park. Google’s new cloud region in Chile also uses solar energy – from a photovoltaic plant in the Atacama desert.