OPTICAL NETWORKS ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR TWO NEW DATA CENTRES
PRESS RELEASE: Optical Networks plans to invest in two new local data centres to meet growing demand for business services, bringing its total to six units.
“We have plans to build another data centre on the border between the two main districts of Lima, San Borja and San Isidro,” said Augusto Cuadros, Optical Networks data centre and cloud business unit manager.
One data centre, currently under construction, will start operations by end-2022.
Cuadros added that another data centre for recovery purposes will be built in Lima.
The company recently announced that its fifth data centre, in Santa Catalina, received TIA Rated 3 certification. Overall investment, including in certificates and equipment, reached US$6mn. The unit is currently using 50% of its capacity and should reach 70% by end-year.
Another of Optical Networks’ data centres is using half its capacity to provide telecom equipment and services and half to provide services for companies. The unit in Tacna offers mainly disaster recovery services, with outlets in Peru and Chile.
The company uses its own land and executes greenfield projects on its own.
Cuadros said Optical Networks could invest in smaller edge data centres in the medium term. The company is evaluating modular, prefabricated and stacked container models, but has not yet decided.
Potential locations for the units the company calls development poles are Trujillo, Piura and Chiclayo.
“It is very likely that we will put a data centre in some of these locations because companies are demanding [services],” said Cuadros.
Optical Networks is a unit of Win, which focuses on residential fibre optics services, while Optical Networks focuses on the corporate sector, especially large and medium-sized companies.
“We had the connectivity layer covered, but we needed to cover the service layer. That is why we evolved to a data centre [company] and now we are going to evolve to data centre services,” said Cuadros.
He added the company will offer comprehensive application monitoring layers, operating system management and specific purpose applications, as well as databases.
Alliances were forged with VMware, Veeam, Intel, IBM, Microsoft, and Huawei. In addition, it markets public cloud solutions.
“There is a package of services for medium-sized companies that is a native market for us,” said Cuadros.
He claimed the company has ‘more midsize than large business customers,’ but measured by billing, large businesses account for about 60% of revenue.
Optical Networks aims to bill US$10mn this year.
Demand will come from in the finance sector, leveraged by regulatory and education requirements, Cuadros said.
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