Brazilian data center provider Elea Digital has inaugurated a 2.5MW expansion of its RJO1 data center.

Launched this week, the company invested R$100 million (US$19.74m) in adding 500 sqm (5,382 sq ft) of data center space and 2.5MW of IT capacity to its Rio de Janeiro data center.

Elea Digital RJ01
– Elea Digital

The RJO1 is located in the second largest data center hub in Brazil, close to the Olympic area. Plans for the expansion were first shared in June 2023.

This latest expansion enables the facility to host 200 new racks and brings the facility's total capacity to 5MW. RJO1 is carrier-neutral and has seven interconnected sites, including connections to the Brazilian Internet Exchange.

The data center is rated Tier III by Uptime Institute, and rated Gold by the US Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

“It is very important to be associated with digital infrastructure, but it is also essential to think of Elea as a company that values ​​sustainability," said Alessandro Lombardi, president of Elea Digital. "This is a data center that has always paid great attention to the environment, with the use of clean energy. It won’t be any different now.”

RJO1 is home to the "largest media and content network in Latin America." From this data center, the company disseminates data and information for more than one hundred million Brazilians.

Elea describes itself as having a portfolio of Edge data centers. The company has seven data centers across Brasília (two), Curitiba, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Porto Alegre (two).

The company was founded by Piemonte Holding in 2019, and in 2021 was invested in by Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Elea issued the first sustainability-linked bond in Latin America in December 2022 with support from Bradesco and Banco do Brasil.

The company acquired the data center from Brazilian media firm Globo in 2021 in a sale-leaseback deal.

A version of this article appears on our Portuguese edition.