Top 10 largest data centre operators in LATAM

Data Centre Magazine takes a deep dive into some of largest data centre operators across Latin America, including Scala, Ascenty and Layer 9

In what historically has been an underserved market, demand for  data centre capacity is growing in Latin America. This is supported by the number of people that are using data in its five largest regions — Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Columbia — growing at a phenomenal pace.

For this week’s Top 10, Data Centre Magazine explores some of the leading data centre operators across Latin America.

10. Data Horizon Americas
HQ: Florida, US
CEO: Scott Peterson (of Global Compute)

DHA provides data and real estate services in Latin America, trading and selling properties in the region. Backed by Global Compute & Southern Cross, DHA aims to develop and operate wholesale data centre campuses in key strategic markets. Founded in 2019, the brand’s slogan of “Your trusted data centre partner today in Colombia and in Latin America at large tomorrow” pinpoints its mission statement to be the premier Latin American provider of sustainable, scalable, wholesale mission-critical data centre facilities supporting the digital infrastructure needs of global hyperscale and major technology firms.

9. HostDime
HQ: Florida, US
Founder and CEO: Manny Vivar

HostDime’s LATAM arm has 11 data centres across eight countries, which the company says allows it to deliver the best geo redundancy. Its data mirroring services means its clients’ data is always available. HostDime’s Colombian data centre in Bogota, which went online last year, was the first in Latin America to achieve an EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies) certificate, an accolade awarded to buildings that demonstrate resource efficiency of at least 20% in energy, water and embodied energy in materials.

8. Elea Digital
HQ: Brazil
CEO: Alessandro Lombardi

With a specialism in colocation services, Elea’s edge data centre ecosystem of seven facilities is located in the main Brazilian metropolitan areas including Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Brasília, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, which it says generates better connectivity and lower latency for its customers. Since it was founded in 2018 Elea Digital and its experienced team has used its proven experience to deliver services to the likes of the telecommunications sector, delivering excellence in a responsible, conscious and sustainable way. 

Elea Digital was established and designed so that a more sustainable future is built with every megabyte that is transmitted. It says proudly that its ecosystem of edge data centres boosts the daily lives of people and society by promoting technology and connectivity.

7. KIO Networks
HQ: Mexico
Co-Founder and CEO: Sergio Rosengaus

Founded in 2002, KIO provides mission-critical information technology services and outsourcing services through data centres in Mexico and Central America, as well as the Caribbean and Europe. The brand announced earlier this year that it plans to double its capacity by 2025.

Its exclusive network’s digital ecosystem allows businesses to connect with other world-class enterprises to generate new business. Acknowledging that as technology evolves the company needs to, too, KIO seeks to constantly create better services in adherence to its core values of customer service, agility, commitment, thinking and acting big, inclusion, self-learning and curiosity.

6. EdgeUno
HQ: Florida, US
Founder and CEO: Mehmet Akcin

With Tier III and Tier IV data centres in more than 47 locations that deliver low latency between businesses and their customers, EdgeUno is present in the likes of Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Guatemala and Puerto Rico.

EdgeUno’s colocation services also deliver the most densely connected network in Latin America, the brand says. It has a team of qualified and experienced logistics experts throughout Latin America to aid with all elements of a data centre project, from implementation support, turnkey services for purchasing, logistics management, importation, temporary and long-term equipment rental and storage of parts and equipment all managed in-house.

5. Cirion Technologies
HQ: Argentina
CEO: Facundo Castro

One of the few Pan Latin American networks and one of a select few subsea network providers, Cirion has global reach and is present in 20 countries. The operator owns 18 carrier-neutral data centres which provide a variety of secure storage and processing solutions to enable its customers focus on their business growth and propels Cirion’s mission to further digital progress in Latin America. Cirion serves more than 6,400 Latin America-based and multi-national customers, including enterprises, government agencies, cloud service providers, wireline and wireless carriers, ISPs and other leading businesses.

4. ODATA
HQ: Brazil
CEO: Ricardo Alário

An Aligned Data Centers company, ODATA offers scalable, reliable and flexible IT infrastructure across the Americas. It was established in 2015 to offer a complete suite of data centre infrastructure solutions for the storage of large volumes of mission-critical data. Currently, the company has operations in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and recently added the US to its portfolio through its acquisition by Aligned Data Centres in 2023. 

All of ODATA’s facilities are carrier-neutral and ultra connected due to their strategic location in relation to the carriers, providing high fibre and network availability.

3. Ascenty
HQ: Brazil
CEO: Chris Torto

The only Latin American operator to make it into the top 20 of the ITU’s Global Connectivity Report 2022, Ascenty ranked 13th largest data centre provider in the world in the multi-tenant data centre category. Asecnty, founded in 2010, has experienced rapid growth in recent years, and has 34 units in operation or under construction in strategic locations in Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Colombia. The facilities are interconnected under a dedicated, new and 100% fibre-optic network stretching 5,000km.

2. Layer 9 Data Centers
HQ: Arizona, US
CEO: Michael Ortiz

With the core mission of bringing hyperscale to Latin America, Layer 9 was founded to deliver hyperscale data centre solutions in underserved markets in LATAM with a proven approach. The data centre solutions provider has more than 50 years of experience in Mexico and the US data centre space, with expertise in commercial real estate, data centre portfolio management and solution delivery for some of the largest hyperscale and wholesale data centre operators including Digital Realty, Equinix and Microsoft.

Last year, Layer 9 broke ground on its new 96MW data centre campus in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico and is expected to bring Project Falcon, its 96MW data centre in Bajio, Mexico, before the end of 2023.

1. Scala Data Centers
HQ: Brazil
Co-Founder and CEO: Marcos Peigo

With more than 23 years of uninterrupted operation under its belt, Scala is committed to building and operating the infrastructure which enables Brazil's and wider Latin America’s evolution into a new level of digitalisation. Scala has more than 60MW of operational capacity in its data centre facilities across Brazil and Chile, and more than 900MW under construction, in development and planned. The brand’s portfolio boasts the most efficient PUE in the region at lower than 1.4 and has achieved a WUE of zero by utilising air-cooling methods in its more contemporary facilities.

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