Four markets with increasing activity in "very large" data centers, APC says

Friday, April 15, 2011

Critical power and cooling services company APC is seeing opportunities for "very large" data centers in four markets in Latin America, APC Latin America business development manager for the corporate segment, Héctor Martínez, told BNamericas.

"We are seeing many projects for large data centers in countries such as Mexico, Argentina, Colombia and Brazil," he said.

The executive said APC is currently working on five projects to develop data centers with 2 MW of capacity or more. Martínez added that Brazil and Mexico currently account for some 70% of APC's regional revenues in the large data center segment.

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"There is another group of countries - Costa Rica, Guatemala and Puerto Rico - that have smaller data centers compared to the other countries, but are continuously developing new data centers. Chile also has a very significant data center infrastructure," Martínez added.

Commenting on the evolution of the green data center concept, the executive said the market still needs evangelization. "Sometimes the companies do not want to make the initial investment on green data centers because the savings are only seen later in the operation. People need to understand that the savings are not in the initial phase, but in the data center's lifecycle," he added.

However, Martínez said APC is also working on projects to update traditional data centers into green data centers.

APC, part of multinational firm Schneider Electric, provides data center infrastructure and uninterruptible power supply systems. It sells its products through a network of wholesale distributors and other partners.