Huawei to bring AI cloud services to Chilean market
With banned from operating in several of the world’s most profitable regions, the Chinese tech giant is turning to developing markets for new opportunities. Last week, the company the construction of a second data centre in Chile, which it expects to come online before the end of the year.
At the time of the first project Chile was the first region in Latin America that Huawei’s cloud business had entered. Over the last 12 months, Huawei has gone from a relative unknown to one of the top three cell phone brands in the region, with in 20 Latin American countries.
In addition to Chile, Huawei has also launched its cloud services from data centres in Mexico and Brazil, and appears to now be working towards cementing Chile’s position as a regional tech hub.
"We are very happy to be launching our second data center in the country. This will bring many benefits to our users. It will help provide greater security in case of a catastrophe and also allow Chile to prepare for the technological challenges to come in the future,” said Jason Jin, president of Huawei Cloud & AI in Chile.
Huawei is framing the new data centre - for which it has provided no information regarding size and capacity - as the catalyst for cloud based AI services in Chile and the surrounding region. Huawei points to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as a huge driver of remote work, cloud services and the need for automation, and plans to help Chile become a leader in the field.
Huawei’s redoubled commitment to the Chilean cloud market has come at an opportune time. In April of this year, Google completed work on its 6,500 mile Curie cable, which connects the country with Asia via submarine fiber, and is the first underwater cable to connect to Chile
GTR and SEGRO agree first UK data centre facility
SEGRO, a property investment and development company, has announced it has come to an agreement with the European data centre platform, Global Technical Realty (GTR) to construct its first UK-based data centre. SEGRO claims that the facility, which will span a total area of 400,711 sq ft, will be located in Slough and is to become “the largest data centre campus in the UK’s premier data centre and communications hub”.
What will SEGRO’s data centre facility be used for?
Supported by the global investment firm KKR, Global Technical Realty says it will be using the facility’s space on a 25-year term to operate bespoke data centres for high-growth global technology companies. The new facility aims to support the growing demand for third-party data centre provision amid ever-increasing growth in data usage and cloud services adoption.
Franek Sodzawiczny, CEO & Founder of GTR, said: “We are excited to be back in the UK alongside our partner KKR and look forward to working closely with SEGRO to deliver this state-of-the-art data centre campus. The data centre space is a fast-moving one. GTR was established to support its customers in providing a data centre solution wherever in the world there is a demand for it. We are delighted that the UK will become home to our flagship concept”.
James Craddock, Managing Director, Thames Valley at SEGRO, said: “We’re pleased to welcome GTR as the latest data centre operator to our thriving estate and our team of experts look forward to developing a stunning new facility for them and their customers. “Homeworking, data streaming, e-commerce and businesses’ reliance on cloud services have all grown during the pandemic, meaning demand for data centres is unabated.
“Slough Trading Estate is home to Europe’s largest data centre cluster and data centres are increasingly regarded as part of our key national infrastructure given the critical role they play in our daily lives”, he added.
The facility is expected to be delivered in two phases with operations beginning by Q4 of next year. The first phase plans to provide 132,575 sq ft of space phase two will create 268,136 sq ft of space. “Vacant possession of the site delivered to the customer by early 2022”, SEGRO said.
The project is also expected to create around 200 jobs during its construction, and a further 80 permanent roles once completed.