Sophos taps AWS datacenter to provide cloud-based services in Brazil

Bnamericas Published: Tuesday, February 08, 2022
Sophos taps AWS datacenter to provide cloud-based services in Brazil

UK-based cybersecurity services firm Sophos signed a contract to use AWS’s datacenter structure in São Paulo to provide advanced cloud services to clients in the financial and government sector in Brazil, Oscar Chavez-Arrieta, Sophos Latin America sales VP, told BNamericas.

The company announced on Tuesday that it will use its first datacenter in Latin America, in São Paulo, adding to sites in the US, Canada, Ireland, Germany, Japan and Australia. The Brazilian datacenter operation is due to be active in May.

The investment refers to the lease of the AWS datacenter in São Paulo, BNamericas was told. Sophos already uses AWS datacenters in other countries.

Technical and financial details of the datacenter deal, such as number of servers and power capacity, were not yet provided.

According to the executive, the investment was necessary to allow Sophos to advance in offering next-generation cloud-based security services for heavily regulated sectors.

Sophos' structure in the AWS datacenter will also allow the cybersecurity firm to provide organizations in different industries with the ability to store, manage and access data locally from Sophos Central, the company's cloud management platform supporting its global portfolio of next-generation cybersecurity solutions and services.

The investment in the AWS datacenter complies with a regulatory change in Brazil, which now requires, as part of the protection of personal data, that sensitive government and financial sector data be located in national territory, Chavez-Arrieta said.

This legislation also requires the creation of a local legal entity for such cloud providers, including the related fiscal and regulatory obligations, and that services be charged in Brazilian currency.

Sophos has no plans to open or make use of datacenters in other markets in Latin America. 

Other countries in the region equally have strict data regulation in place, Chavez-Arrieta said, such as Chile, but according to the executive those do not prevent services for certain sectors from being offered from datacenters in other countries.

The focus is Brazil, where the executive said the company aims to fight for the leadership in its segment in offering of AI-based cloud security services to banks and the public sector.

"We're doing this to be big players in cloud. This forces us to make a huge investment, in legal and financial terms. We are coming with Sophos Brasil to stay and lead."

Regarding the 2022 outlook, Chavez-Arrieta said the challenging macroeconomic context and the electoral scenario in Latin America are not sources of major concerns, despite the "unwanted polarization" and the eventual market volatility.

He said planned investments will continue and that the company expects to expand sales and the client base in the country and across the region. 

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