Digital infrastructure company Equinix has announced a US$45 million investment in Colombia for the construction of BG2, a new international business exchange data centre in Bogotá, scheduled to open in the first half of 2023.
With this new facility, Equinix says it is reinforcing its commitment to strengthening the digital economy across Latin America; in fact, with approximately 2,900 square metres of colocation space BG2 is expected to be one of the largest data centres in Colombia.
BG2 will provide global and local businesses and partners alike with the ability to connect directly and securely to the world's digital economy via comprehensive digital ecosystems.
Equinix describes BG2 as a state-of-the-art data centre, designed to deliver secure cabinets and private cage deployments. The initial phase of BG2 will have a capacity for 550 cabinets, with space for additional cabinets in future phases. At full build, the facility will provide capacity for 1,100 cabinets.
In order to support Colombian sustainability requirements, BG2 will be the first Equinix facility in the Americas to adopt the innovative Cool Array technology.
Equinix plans to expand a full range of interconnection and digital services to BG2 and customers in BG2 will be able to easily and directly connect to the Equinix BG1 Bogotá Data Centre, which also allows low-latency routes to Equinix MI1 Miami IBX data centre, home of the Miami Internet Exchange (IX), that connects most of Latin America and the Caribbean to the world.
Additionally, eleven different subsea cables land in Colombia, allowing for low-latency connectivity with the rest of South America and to points in the north including Miami.
Equinix says it has invested nearly US$2 billion in Latin America since it started operating in the region in 2011, including acquisitions and expansions in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru. Globally, the company operates more than 240 data centres in 71 markets.