Latin American data centre deals have been in the news recently thanks to a major acquisition in Ecuador and two facility openings in Mexico.
In Ecuador a leading infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider in Latin America and emerging markets, EdgeUno, has acquired all the assets and shares of business continuity provider and data centre operator New Access.
New Access provides managed services including hosting, backup and recovery, and cybersecurity services from two data centres in Quito and Guayaquil.
EdgeUno’s offering includes colocation and cloud services. It operates its own data centre facility in Colombia and has a presence in more than 20 facilities across North and South America and the Middle East.
As the Data Centre Dynamics website points out, EdgeUno launched four facilities in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Santiago in Chile and Buenos Aires in Argentina in 2019. It also acquired Colombian company Red One in 2019, followed by Sunnyvale Networks and NuiTEC in Brazil. The purchase or building of many more data centres is apparently planned.
This news followed hard in the heels of an announcement from Ascenty, a leading data centre service provider in Latin America, which highlighted the opening of its first two units in Mexico, launching its operations in the country.
The total investment for the installation of the two new data centres, located in the city of Querétaro, was BRL1 billion (about US$184.3 million). Ascenty now has 28 data centres in Brazil, Chile and Mexico – 21 currently operating and six under construction.
Querétaro has apparently become an area attracting a lot of foreign and domestic data centre investment as it is close to important industrial areas, has a low risk of natural catastrophes and allows access to an efficient electrical infrastructure.
Ascenty will open a second unit in Chile later this year and is believed to have its eye on other markets in the region, such as Colombia and Peru.