New V.tal project to establish edge data centre in Brazil

V.OA is V.tal's first edge data centre in the southern region of Brazil, following an investment of R$250 million (US$50.6m)

A South American global end-to-end neutral digital infrastructure solutions company is expanding its edge data centre presence with a new facility in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, southern Brazil.

V.tal, which operates in Brazil as well the US, Bermuda, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina and Chile, unveiled a new project - called V.OA - to build another edge data centre with a total power of 6MW and 400 racks, the company's first in the region of the country. 

Growing data centre demand in South America

The new site, funded by investments totalling around R$250 million (US$50.6m) will cover an area of more than 75,000sq ft and is part of the company's data centre expansion plan in Brazil and Colombia to meet the growing digital demands of operators, providers and OTTs.

Felipe Campos, Vice President of Wholesale at V.tal, said the concept of the edge data centre is to bring the data storage infrastructure closer to consumers and reduce latency or response time. 

“Increasingly, content providers want to be closer to their users in order to offer them a better experience when using applications,” he explained. “We chose Rio Grande do Sul because it is a state undergoing rapid technological development, has a strong and active ecosystem and a privileged location to serve customers from the southern cone countries.”

V.OA will be fully integrated with the company's other four edge data centres - two in Fortaleza, one in Rio de Janeiro and another in Barranquilla, Colombia - which connect with submarine cable arrival stations overseas and by terrestrial fibre optic network across Brazilian states.

5G, AI and IoT driving pace of data centre expansion in Brazil

Campos added the data centre industry in Brazil and across South America, with this pace expected to continue due to new, emerging technologies such as 5G, AI and IoT. 

“These innovations demand a resilient infrastructure, with redundancy and very low latency, in addition to capillarity and the capacity to transport large volumes of data. V.tal, with its robust digital infrastructure and presence in the Americas, will be the great enabler of these solutions”, he said.

V.tal’s data centre expansion

Construction of V.OA will begin this year with its opening expected in the second half of 2024. This comes as V.tal works to inaugurate its second edge data centre in Barranquilla, Colombia before the end of 2023. It also recently acquired new land in Fortaleza, Northeastern Brazil, for the construction of the ‘Mega Lobster’ - a hyperscale data centre set for operation in 2025, the company's third in the capital of Ceará. The Mega Lobster, announced in September 2021, will launch with 4MW capacity across four data halls able to accommodate a total of 400 racks.

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