April 2, 2014 | Posted in News
CTEX becomes the first multitenant datacenter in Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve this level of excellence
WILLEMSTAD, CURAÇAO (April 2, 2014). Curacao Technology Exchange (CTEX) is officially certified by the Uptime Institute as Tier-IV ‘Constructed Facility’. In doing so, CTEX’s ‘CU-1’ datacenter becomes the 14th datacenter in the world and the first multitenant datacenter in Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve both ‘Design’ and ‘Constructed Facility’ certification. The island of Curaçao joins a select group of countries in the world such as Spain, Brazil, the U.S., Luxembourg, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Canada to have such high-end facilities.
CTEX is a privately held company formed by industry veterans and funded by regional and Canadian banks, Pension funds, Development banks, institutional and private investors. In June 2013, CTEX achieved Tier-IV ‘Design’ certification by the Uptime Institute and was subsequently certified as an ISO 9001:2008 company. The ‘Constructed Facility’ certification ascertains that the facility and all datacenter infrastructure components were built according to original Tier-IV design and engineering specifications.
The Uptime Institute developed a four-tiered classification system that is recognized worldwide as the benchmarking standard for datacenter facilities. The institute’s system has been in use since 1995 and presently provides Tier certifications in more than 41 countries. The Tier IV certification is the highest and most stringent certification to meet, making it the most reliable and safe option for companies requiring the highest levels critical systems and infrastructure availability. Tier IV datacenters have no single points of failure. The CTEX datacenter has fourteen days of fuel storage ‘on-site’ 2N+1 redundant power and cooling systems, which are continuously available 24/7/365. In short, local and international customers are provided with the highest level of assurances that their critical business systems will never go down.
CTEX’s ‘CU-1’ datacenter is the first of four facilities the company intends to build. The facility is the most automated facility of its kind in the region today. Each redundant component is designed to automatically respond to failures preventing any interruption or damage to critical customer computing infrastructure. A central automated system automatically manages the entire facility’s nervous system including security, access, power management, cooling and other areas.
The CTEX datacenter incorporates years of lessons learned from datacenters across the world. The facility was designed and engineered in conjunction with Schneider Electric, Lee Technologies, CISCO Systems, OpenLink and various local engineering and contractor firms such as Installation Technologies, DYNAF, DUSRON, Energy & Automation, Civil Engineering Caribbean, Habibe & Maia Architects, Trapenberg Cooling, CWM and others. Lee Technologies in partnership with CTEX has implemented industry standard operations process and procedures.
“Curacao is the perfect location to build such high-end facility. The island is securely located outside the hurricane belt and major seismic active fault lines. Being part of the Dutch Kingdom, the island has strict privacy laws based on European conventions. Too, connectivity is provided through 5 existing cable systems that land on the south side of Curacao, while various new fiber systems arriving on the north side of the island land in the CTEX datacenter directly, thus ensuring secured global connectivity. Over 40 major ethnic groups create a unique kaleidoscope of people, culture and language providing an added value for companies who leverage Curacao and the CTEX datacenter as a regional business and technology hub,” says Anthony de Lima, CTEX’s Chairman & CEO. He continuous, “we are proud to join a select league of datacenters across the world to achieve this level of excellence. This achievement could not be accomplished without the dedication of hundreds of local and international engineers and workers. This facility is a testament to their professionalism and commitment to excellence. For regional customers it means access to a world-class ‘in-region’ datacenter located in a safe jurisdiction.”
On March 8, CTEX officially entered into production hosting 24 customers which the company is servicing through it s advanced unified Cloud platform.
CTEX is an ISO 9001:2008 company that delivers advanced technology solutions to business and government customers by leveraging four 7,200 square meter Uptime Institute certified Tier-IV datacenter and Internet exchange facilities. The company serves multiple industry segments including Oil & Gas, Financial Services, Public Sector, Transportation & Logistics, Healthcare, Manufacturing and others. Customers benefit from leveraging an advanced eco-system of proven partner solutions. Customers can build private computing environments or leverage CTEX’s highly advanced and scalable Cloud infrastructure. CTEX offers six core services including: Cloud Solutions, Managed Collocation, Managed Services, Managed Continuity, Virtual Datacenter and Professional services. For more information: www.ctexpartners.com
About the Uptime Institute
Uptime Institute, an independent division of The 451 Group, provides education, publications, consulting, certifications, conferences and seminars, independent research, and thought leadership for the enterprise datacenter industry and for datacenter professionals. The Uptime Institute is an unbiased, third party datacenter research, education, and consulting organization focused on improving datacenter performance and efficiency through collaboration and innovation. The Uptime Institute serves all shareholders of the datacenter industry, including enterprise and third-party operation, manufacturers, providers, and engineers. In 2009, The 451 Group, a technology-industry analyst company focusing on the business of enterprise IT innovation, acquired the Institute. For more information: www.uptimeinstitute.com