ALOG Data opens second IBX in Rio de Janeiro
Oct 02, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) --
Equinix, Inc., a provider of carrier-neutral data centers and internet exchanges, has announced that ALOG Data Centers of Brazil SA, a Platform Equinix Company, has opened a second International Business Exchange, or IBX, in Rio de Janeiro.
Known as RJ2, the new Rio de Janeiro data center will enable Equinix to meet strong customer demand for data center services in this rapidly growing region. RJ2 currently has capacity for 320 cabinets and with an additional $36 million invested in the next two phases of construction, will grow to 1,170 cabinets. It is the first and only Tier III-certified data center in the city, meeting Equinix's international standards that ensure the highest level of redundancy and connectivity.
In May, Equinix announced GlobeNet's expansion into its Miami data center (MI3) which opened the fastest IP traffic route from the US to Brazil. MI3 offers a number of benefits to customers, including direct connectivity to the leading Latin American network operators for reduced latency, and close proximity for serving Latin American markets while maintaining infrastructure within the US.
RJ2 was designed with sustainability in mind. The equipment installed will use minimum natural resources and the building includes a state-of-the-art rain water harvesting system. With these initiatives, RJ2's water consumption will be reduced by at least 70 percent and power consumption by 10 percent. Decatron, a company specialized in IT design, provision, implementation, management and optimization, has already colocated in RJ2.
Equinix holds the controlling interest and sits on the board of directors of ALOG through an agreement brokered in 2011 to extend Platform Equinix to South America. With its investment in ALOG, Equinix offers colocation, interconnection and managed hosting services from its three existing Brazil-based IBX data centers in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Eduardo Carvalho, managing director, ALOG, said: "In order to fully capitalize on the upcoming world events in Brazil, companies around the world must have local presence that encompasses top-notch IT infrastrcuture. We've seen excellent traction in the financial services sector and the networking and content industries amongst multinational customers, and are well positioned to house and serve all verticals with this new facility."
Charles Meyers, COO, Equinix, said: "Brazil continues to be of great strategic importance to Equinix and our global customers looking to access the Latin American market to capitalize on the abundance of growth opportunities it presents. The RJ2 facility in Rio is the latest in our ever-expanding global footprint of IBX data centers built to the highest of industry standards."
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