Caribbean IXP announced in mid-February that it is planning to build a Trinidad data center hotel. The project will create Trinidad and Tobago's first Tier III carrier-neutral facility and will feature computing resource pools, first-class hosting and high levels of security. The Trinidad data center aims to support high demand from major corporations in the area, as well as local and national government organizations and IT service providers.
The facility will be subdivided into separate areas for each client. Caribbean IXP founder and CEO Girish Pathak said that each section will contain a high quality, secure, private and custom data center. An unnamed U.S. investor with an existing portfolio of approximately $2 billion worth of global data centers and health care facilities is backing the project.
"More than $40 million of local and foreign investment has been planned for this project to develop a state-of-the-art facility that will enable corporations and governments to build out their mission-critical data center operations," said Pathak.
Along with being a colocation data center, the Trinidad facility will also offer hosting, peering, cloud services support and business continuity to companies within Trinidad and Tobago and other countries in the Southeast Caribbean. Customers will have access to services from all major communications providers and connectivity facilities in the region, including wireless, land-based and submarine networks.
Trinidad and Tobago is situated directly in the path of one of the largest business corridors in the world, centrally located between the Northeastern U.S. and rapidly growing economies in South America. Multiple telecommunications providers already have operations in the country and connections can be made to multiple international submarine cable systems. Trinidad is located outside regional hurricane zones and energy costs in the country are much lower than those in other Caribbean locations.
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