Average data center storage capacity in Latin America reached 750 megawatts, according to US-based real estate firm JLL.
Although storage capacity has seen an important increase in Latin America, the overall number remains small compared to that of single states in the US. Virginia, for example, has a data center storage capacity of 3.64 gigawatts.
According to the report, Latin America has a significant opportunity to capitalize on the growing demand for data center services, driven by the increasing adoption of artificial intelligence (AI).
Most existing facilities worldwide are ill-equipped to handle the unique demands of AI. “Data center operators and developers must recognize that AI-specific facilities differ entirely from conventional ones,” the report warns.
Power generation emerges as a critical hurdle on this path to progress. Its growth lags behind the ever-increasing data center workloads, further exacerbated by the fluctuating power consumption of AI tasks compared to traditional IT activities.
Just about every country, including the United States, will need to invest millions of dollars to upgrade their power infrastructure to meet the growing demand for data centers.
For example, one-third of Europe’s grid infrastructure is over 40 years old and will require an investment of more than US$600 billion by 2030 to meet the region’s green goals.