Equinix has added more Latin flavor to its data center menu with the recent opening of SP3, a new $69 million facility located in São Paulo—the company’s third in the key financial hub near the Bovespa stock exchange and fifth across Latin America.
Equinix says its São Paulo operations serve some 1,000 companies, including 270 cloud and IT services firms and more than 70 telecommunications carriers. From there, companies can also set up direct links to new submarine cable systems, including the Seabras-1 cable between Brazil and the US.
SP3 will add 725 cabinets in the first phase with an expected total capacity at full build-out of 2,775 cabinets and 13.3 MW of power.
Although its three data centers in São Paulo and two in Rio De Janeiro give Equinix a strong Brazilian presence, the company plans another in São Paulo upon closing of the agreement with Verizon, announced in December 2016, to acquire 29 data centers across 15 metro areas in North and South America.
“All of our data centers around the world are interconnected and redundant,” Yuri Fiaschi, country manager of Brazil, Infopip, one of the new facility's 30 first customers, said in a statement. “This allows us to ensure business continuity – and Equinix is an important part of this strategy. In addition, having a local facility will help us expand operations in the region, especially among companies within the financial market, which is also one of Equinix’s main ecosystems.”