Brazilian data center operator Ascenty is building a 6.3MW data center in Santiago Chile, the company’s first in the country.

The facility is expected to open in 2020 and is being built in collaboration with an unnamed “leading global” cloud provider.

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Chris Torto, Ascenty CEO – Ascenty

Coming to Chile

Ascenty was established in 2010 with a focus on large scale, high density colocation. In eight years, it has emerged as Latin America’s largest data center provider, with eight facilities currently in operation - across São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Ceará in Brazil - and another nine under construction. The company also runs its own fiber optic network, spanning more than 4,500 km.

Last September, Ascenty was acquired by carrier-neutral data center operator Digital Realty for $1.8 billion. As part of the agreement, which completed in December, Digital Realty also put up $425 million to fund the completion of data center projects currently under construction.

Chris Torto, Ascenty CEO, said "This is an important milestone in the expansion of our data center solutions in Latin America. Chile is positioned to emerge as a leading technology hub in the region, and the development of our first facility in the country will enhance our ability to meet the growing customer demand for comprehensive data center and colocation solutions in Latin America."

The last project we heard of from Ascenty was when the company put a 70MWh solar array on top of its campus in Osasco, São Paulo.

Ascenty was the first data center company in Brazil to obtain ISO 14001 certification, for compliance with best environmental practices. This initiative should further boost the company’s environmental credentials, with renewable energy generation on-site.