Last updated: 18 February 2015
Many of the largest data centers in Brazil have been established during the last few years. In this article we will look at the current state of data centers in Brazil and highlight some of the largest installations in the country.
Data Centers in Brazil
The size of the Data Center infrastructure in Brazil is still small compared to other countries such as the United States. A recent study by consulting company Crushman & Wakefield discovered that there are 500,000 square feet of operational data centers in Brazil, which is less than the data centers capacity in Miami alone.
A number of factors can be seen as the cause for the difficulty to construct and maintain data centers in Brazil, such as heavy taxes and the bureaucracy imposed on companies. However, in an effort to overcome these hurdles and establish a better infrastructure in the country, the last few years have seen a number of companies build larger operational data centers in Brazil. This is a trend that shows no signs of coming to a halt, considering the rise of the audience interested in technological services which are only viable through data centers located at their proximities.
Santander’s data center located in the Brazilian city of Campinas was inaugurated in June 2014 and was the result of a BRL 1.1 billion investment. It currently serves the bank’s financial operations in the country. The data center is built on a land of 800,000 square meters, with room for 1,500 racks and served by a power station with 50 MW of capacity, this data center is one of the largest operating in Brazil.
Carrier Telefônica-Vivo owns one of the largest data centers in Brazil, dedicated to serving the company’s telecommunication services. Located in the city of Santana do Parnaíba and inaugurated in September 2012, the data center has an area of 28,000 square meters, room for 1,760 racks and a total power capacity of 33 MW.
Colocation, cloud computing and telecommunication systems provider Ascenty owns some of the largest data centers currently operating in Brazil, all of which are carrier-neutral and commercially available. The largest of them, located in the city of Jundiaí, was inaugurated in 2014 and has an area of 3,500 square meters, room for 1.200 racks and 25 MVA total power capacity. Ascenty’s second largest data center in operation is located in the city of Campinas, with a total area of 2,400 square meters, room for 800 racks and total power of 11.3 MVA.
The company is also building another two data centers, one in the city of Hortolândia with an area of 2,700 square meters with total power of 20 MVA, and another in the city of Fortaleza with an area of 4,500 square meters and total power of 27 MVA, both of which plan to start operations in 2015.
IT services provider Tivit operates three data centers in Brazil, two of which are in the city of São Paulo and one in the city of Rio de Janeiro. The company does not specify the characteristics of each data center but states that the total of the data centers combined is 14,000 square meters, holding over 10,000 servers and has power capacity superior to 20 MW.
Colocation, hosting and cloud computing provider Alog operates four of the largest data centers in Brazil, two of which are in the metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro and two in the state of São Paulo.
The first data center, in the city of Rio de Janeiro has an area of 1,650 square meters and total power capacity of 2 MW, while the second one has an area of 4,700 square meters, room for 1,200 racks and 12MVA of power available. In the city of São Paulo, one data center has an area of 1,400 square meters and power capacity of 1.8 MW, while the other, located in the region of Tamboré, has an area of 3,200 square meters and total power capacity of 10 MW.
Telecommunications provider Level 3 operates three data centers in Brazil, a 10,000 square meter unit in Cotia, a 2,000 square meter unit in Curitiba and a 3,000 square meter unit in Rio de Janeiro. Even though the company does not disclose detailed information about their installations it was recently announced that the data center in Cotia underwent expansion and is now powered by a 20 MW electrical station, making it one of the data centers with highest power capacities in the country.
Hosting provider Locaweb's data center located in the city of São Paulo and inaugurated in 2010 was the result of a BRL 49 million investment. The facility has an area of 20,000 square meters and total power capacity of 20MW.
Managed Service Provider Ativas operates a data center in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte. With a total area of 11,000 square meters and total power capacity of 7.5 MW, the data center is one of the largest in the country.
North-american carrier Verizon operates a carrier-neutral data center offering colocation services in the Brazilian city of Barueri, which also serves as an international access point for the country. The facility has 2,000 square meters of available area and is powered by 3.2 MVA.
Software provider TOTVS expanded their data center in 2012 following a BRL 20 million investment. The facility currently occupies an area of 1,500 square meters and has 2.5 MW of electrical capacity.
Other Large Data Centers
Some companies also operate large data centers in Brazil, but chose not to disclose detailed information about their installations upon our request. These companies are:
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