March 10, 2014 | Posted in Events
International guests attended the official opening of the region’s most advanced datacenter on the island of Curacao, Dutch Caribbean
Willemstad, Curaçao (March 10, 2014). Curacao Technology Exchange (CTEX) officially opened its doors to the world on Saturday March 8. CTEX inaugurated its ‘CU1’ datacenter, the most advanced and modern Uptime certified Tier-IV datacenter in Latin America and the Caribbean. The company’s ‘CU-1′ datacenter is the first of four facilities it intends to build on the island of Curacao. Curacao which is part of the Dutch kingdom provides for strict data confidentiality laws, neutral relations with neighboring countries, and massive connectivity through 5 existing submarine cables, while 2 additional ones are being deployed. The island of Curacao boasts a multi-cultural workforce representing 32 distinct cultures. Curacao also lies outside the traditional hurricane belt and major seismic active zones, making it the perfect location for advanced datacenters.
“Tonight is a special night. It’s a special night not because we are officially opening CTEX but because of something far larger. And that is that for Curacao and the region, tonight is a reminder that one should never underestimate the ability of a small group of people to achieve remarkable results. I hope that somehow this project lifts up the hopes of many, including yourselves, your children, our neighboring countries, and the whole world.
When I look into my daughter’s eyes, and see her hunger for life, no fair, anxious to discover new things just like so many of your children, I realize that we must do everything our generation can, to leave behind a better place. It’s our obligation. And to achieve this, means doing whatever it takes to carve a path forward for them to rise to levels we could only dream of. It’s our social responsibility in this age where technology determines the winners and the losers, to ensure generations to come stay on top of their game. This datacenter has placed Curacao and the entire region in an enviable position. And, I will make certain that we leverage this asset as best as we can to create the opportunities that generations to come will require in order to succeed, bring value and have more meaningful lives.
We will make it a point to use this asset as best as possible to give our children hope. To open their minds about the endless possibilities that lie ahead, that they always believe in the “all is possible”, and that they look towards all that so many have done to make this project a reality as a beam of light to prove that whatever they set their dreams upon, whatever horizon they seek to navigate towards, they will make it. They will always make it.
Tonight is just another harbor on a long voyage forward. It won’t be an easy one, and we will have our challenges. But we will get there. I thank my parents for making education the number one priority in my life. And, I encourage you, our local government and people from all over the world, to make education a number one priority. It’s the only way to move our civilization forward. Thanks to all of you and your families for all the personal sacrifices,” said Anthony de Lima, CTEX’s Chairman and CEO.
CTEX opened its doors with 24 customers in production on the region’s most advanced Cloud infrastructure supported by CISCO, EMC, VMWARE, VCE, DELL and IBM. The company initiated construction of the first of four five-megawatt facilities in April 2012 and completed construction of the first facility in just less than two years. Partnering with CTEX in the construction of the datacenter were Schneider Electric, CISCO Systems, Lee Technologies, UNICA, Palo Alto and various other international firms. The CTEX facility is rapidly expanding, and becoming a major aggregation point for regional companies seeking a world-class prime or backup facility located in a safe jurisdiction.