KIO Networks has reportedly launched a data center in Guatemala as the Mexican IT services firm presses ahead with its plan to tap into the growing demand for server space in the Central American country.
This is KIO Networks’ 14th data center in the region and its second in Guatemala. According to reports, the new center, located at El Naranjo in Guatemala City, will generate about 250 jobs for local residents.
The company will hire about 60 people immediately and another 200 employees over the coming months, according to Guatemala’s Spanish newspaper TERRA.
As many as 1,600 people are working at KIO Networks’ data centers spread across three countries in Central America. A vast majority of its data centers, however, are in Mexico, while a few others are in Panama.
Built at a cost of $20 million, the new computer server base will help the Mexican firm gain new clients and offer wider range of IT services in addition to cloud, hosting and collocation.
In January this year, KIO Networks stated that it would invest between $120 million and $130 million to build data centers in Latin America. It seems the Mexican firm has plans to launch data centers in the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica, where new data protection regulation has created high demand for server space.
There are also reports that it is building data centers in the Colombian cities of Bogota and Medellin.