CTEX Prepares to Open Tier IV Data Center

30 Sep 2013 by Datacenters.com Technology

"Curaçao Technology Exchange (CTEX), Schneider Electric, Cisco Systems and other organizations have been working for close to two years to create the most technologically advanced data center in the world. That goal is about to be realized, as CTEX prepares to turn on the first of four Tier IV data centers in the Caribbean.

CTEX will soon finish construction on the most dependable and technologically advanced data center throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Also in the company’s sights with the new project was to secure Tier IV certification.

Uptime Institute Certified data center
Certification of this level requires a facility to have redundant capacity components, dual powered equipment and multiple uplinks, as well as fully fault-tolerant components including uplinks, storage, HVAC systems, servers and temperature controls. All critical parts incorporate double redundancy so that downtime is virtually eliminated.

The data centers received certification in June for design and construction. The makes the facility the first of its kind in Latin America and the Caribbean, and is one of only 13 to be Tier IV certified in the world.

“We’re honored to be the first Tier IV Uptime Certified data center in the region,” said CTEX CEO Anthony de Lima. “Our facilities incorporate the critical infrastructure needed to ensure fault tolerant operations and extreme security. The certification is yet another testament to our commitment to providing the most advanced technology solutions in the region.”

Additionally, de Lima stated that this certification will also benefit customers in the area.

“For regional customers who require zero down-time, access to a comprehensive eco-system of industry solutions, and advanced security– having access to the world’s newest Tier-IV data center in Curaçao, means they no longer have to use data centers thousands of miles away in the US, Canada, Europe or elsewhere,” de Lima said.

The data centers are in the final commissioning phase, and CTEX is preparing to soon turn on the first of its 72,000-square-foot facilities. According to the company’s website, the facilities will provide customers will cloud services, IT solutions, colocation, disaster recovery and managed services.

The company based its decision to open the data center in Curaçao on a number of factors. The island is outside the hurricane belt and seismic zones, lessening the chance of a natural disaster. Additionally, the facility falls under the European privacy laws, as Curaçao is part of the Netherlands. This also means companies using the data center would be included in 95 bilateral investment treaties."


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