Etix Everywhere, European global data center developer and operator, has begun developing “Etix Cali #1”, a carrier and IT providers neutral colocation data center in Cali, Colombia's second-largest city. Etix is partnering on the project with Compunet, one of the leaders in the Andean region in offering complete solutions around the SAP environment and IT Management Services.
According to Etix, Latin America is the fastest-growing colocation market in the world, but the continent is also dramatically underserved. Colombia is the business hub of the region strategically located middle ground from North and South America. Etix expects to "meet the constantly growing demand for processing power, storage space, and information of Colombian companies."
“Data has become a strategic asset for companies; societies completely transformed the way they manage and use them. They change their patterns of data consumption, they have to deal with a greater complexity in data management and they now need the appropriate infrastructure for handling big data and processing real time analytics,” said Gonzalo de la Cuadra, CEO LATAM of Etix Everywhere, in a statement.
The facility is located in Zonamerica, the first free trade zone of the country entirely dedicated to global services activities. The edge data center specialist promises that Etix Cali #1 would provide a complete range of services: housing, hosting, cloud. It will provide 840 kVA for colocation at full build-out. Etix first announced the data center in July 2018. In its original announcement, the construction of the edge facility was expected to start in early Q4 2018.
The Etix Cali #1 carrier neutral facility will be Etix's first data center in Latin America and the 13th of its international data center network. The Colombian data center has a Tier IV certification. Etix claims that it reflects "the high quality of the infrastructure, powered by years of innovative R&D and design standardization." The provider expects to finish the construction of the facility within a few months. It will be available for customers by Q1 2020.