Curaçao Technology Exchange N.V. (CTEX) recently kicked off the construction of a new data center on the island of Curaco. As the first of four 52,000 square foot high-density data centers to be built in Curaçao, it will be interconnected with six existing submarine fiber systems.
“The data center we are building in Curaçao has no comparison anywhere locally or in the region," said Anthony de Lima, the company’s Chairman and CEO. "The level of security, ability to withstand hurricanes and seismic activity, redundancy, connectivity, carrier neutrality and richness of services simply does not exist today."
Expected to be operational in the first half of 2013, the first data center is being built to support high-density cloud environments and will have various options such as hot-aisle/cold-aisle containment cages, special in-row cooling racks and private suites built to order based on customer requirements. Safely located outside of the hurricane belt, Curacao includes financial incentives such as zero import duties on equipment and a 2 percent profit tax regime for international companies seeking to establish an operating entity on the island. Schneider Electric and Cisco are partners in the CTEX data center.
"Schneider Electric is pleased to congratulate CTEX on the start of their data center project and we thank them for the trust they have placed in our company to assist with making it happen," said Milton Silva, Schneider Electric’s Director of Central America, Caribbean and Miami. "For months, we have worked side by side with the CTEX team to find solutions that provide the best potential of reducing the impact on the environment and the most sophisticated design. We are thrilled as this is one of the most ambitious projects that we’ve participated in."