CTEX Unveils its Future Plans at the DatacenterDynamics Conference in Bogota Colombia

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CTEX details its plans for the region’s most advanced data centers & NAP

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Four Tier-IV datacenters, each 52,000 sqft

Various reasons drove our decision to select Curaçao as the location to build the region’s most advanced data centers

Curaçao Technology Exchange N.V. (CTEX) unveiled its long-term plans to the press at the DatacenterDynamics conference held in Bogota Colombia. The company is building the region’s most advanced data centers and Network Access Points (NAP). Through various press conferences and interviews, the company explained in detail why it chose Curaçao as the location of choice for building the most advanced facilities in the Caribbean and Latin America.

“Various reasons drove our decision to select Curaçao as the location to build the region’s most advanced data centers. No other location provided this combination of benefits. Curaçao is part of the Dutch Kingdom which means an immense level of stability and security. Having the highest court in Holland as the court of last recourse brings peace of mind for international companies who conduct business in the Caribbean and Latin America. The island also lies outside the traditional hurricane belt and major seismic zones,” says Anthony de Lima, the company’s Chairman and CEO.

Mr. de Lima continues, “Curaçao also boasts excellent connectivity. The island today has connections via 5 major submarine cables with two more planned to arrive onto the island by the second quarter of 2013, thus providing immense global connectivity. Too, the island offers excellent fiscal benefits for international companies who conduct business on the island including 0% import duties on equipment, a 2% tax regime for companies who seek to domicile themselves on the island and excellent expatriate benefits. It has always been our objective to incorporate best practices which allow us to achieve the highest levels of energy efficiency. Here too, Curaçao has an advantage. There is a natural phenomenon whereby freezing water flows from the north-pole down through a deep Atlantic Ocean corridor and comes up in front of the coast of Curaçao. Through a partnership with the local government, CTEX will leverage a sea water air-conditioning (SWAC) system to provide low cost cooling for its facilities. Finally Curacao has a multi-lingual workforce. Most speak at least four languages.”

CTEX and Schneider Electric also announced at the conference a major partnership to build out the most advanced data centers in the region. The plans are to build four Tier-IV data centers each being 52,000 square feet. ‘CU-1’ the first of the four buildings is at an advanced construction stage while ‘CU-2’ the second of the four is in the final design phase. Other companies have also joined CTEX including VCE (a joint partnership between CISCO Systems, VMWARE and EMC), Zuora and others to launch the region’s most advanced cloud computing services using a unified computing infrastructure. These services provide customers with a subscription based computing model thus eliminating the need for upfront capital expenditure on expensive computing equipment.

“Because of the interest of various carriers to use Curaçao as a major network access point (NAP), we’ve also incorporated an advanced carrier grade interconnection fabric which will allow global carriers to interconnect in Curaçao and go on to the rest of the region,” says Mr. de Lima.

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