Huawei started building its third data center in Chile, making large inroads into the Latin American cloud market dominated by the likes of Microsoft, Amazon and Google.
The facility, estimated to cost US$100 million, will be operational in the first half of 2023, according to the company’s statement. The announcement comes five months after Microsoft stated its plans to invest US$317 million in a new data center also in Chile.
Huawei launched its first Chilean data center in 2019. Another one came just a year later. The Chinese telecom giant (which has had its share of trouble with the White House) has five cloud regions in Latin America, with its number of clients reaching 3,400 this year.
Chilean businesses want their data hosted within their national boundary, said Huawei. Unlike other providers, Huawei designs, builds and operates its data centers all on its own. It even builds custom applications to use artificial intelligence.
The higher the number of data centers, the better, said the Chinese firm, adding that more facilities ease the task of recovering data in the event of a natural disaster.
“Today, we reaffirm our commitment to technological transformation, both privately and publicly,” stated Jason Jin, Manager of Huawei Cloud & AI in Chile.
With 31 data centers, Chile has long been at the forefront of Latin America’s data center industry. Google and Amazon Web Services also run data centers in the country.