OptiGlobe Launches $100 Million Fifth-Generation Internet Data Center in Rio de Janeiro

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from OptiGlobe

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil and BETHESDA, Md., April 25 /PRNewswire/ --
 OptiGlobe(TM), the premier provider of mission-critical enterprise and
 Internet Data Center (IDC) services in Latin America, has opened its third
 IDC.  Located in Rio de Janeiro, the $100 million fifth-generation facility
 has 104,000 square feet of capacity and can host up to 7,500 servers in its
 initial configuration.  It is expandable to a total of 312,000 square feet.
     The carrier-neutral Rio de Janeiro IDC is the second facility OptiGlobe
 has opened this month and the third in five months.  The company launched a
 112,000-square-foot facility in Buenos Aires on April 4 and a 159,000-square-
 foot IDC in Sao Paulo in November 2000.  With nearly 400,000 square feet of
 space in service, OptiGlobe is the region's largest and fastest growing
 provider of IDC services.
     "This is our second center in Brazil and a perfect complement to our two
 existing facilities," said Scott Puritz, chairman and CEO, OptiGlobe.  "We are
 the only provider with 100,000-square-foot-plus IDCs in Brazil's two largest
 cities and in South America's three largest cities.  We are uniquely
 positioned to deliver services locally and across the region."
     OptiGlobe supplies the infrastructure and managed services that businesses
 use to establish mission-critical applications.  It delivers a full range of
 collocation, IP connectivity, hosting, managed security and managed storage
 solutions from its state-of-the-art data centers.  Customers include major
 financial institutions, leading consumer goods, industrial, retail and
 transportation companies, media companies, content providers and systems
 integrators.
     "Rio de Janeiro is a city of more than 11 million people and is home to
 some of Brazil's largest companies," said Rance Hesketh, CEO of OptiGlobe
 Brazil.  "These businesses are developing mission-critical applications to
 improve their productivity and competitiveness.  For these applications to
 work well, they need to reside in data centers designed to deliver world-class
 quality, security and connectivity.  We've built our centers in Sao Paulo,
 Buenos Aires and now Rio de Janeiro with exactly this in mind."
     OptiGlobe's IDCs are designed to deliver levels of reliability, security
 and connectivity individual businesses would find virtually impossible to
 duplicate.  Each facility represents an investment of over $100 million and is
 designed to deliver 100 percent availability.  The Rio de Janeiro IDC is
 equipped with redundant power generation and distribution systems, redundant
 cooling systems, advanced fire prevention and fire fighting systems, and
 carefully planned security systems.  The center is staffed 24 hours a day by
 highly trained engineering and technical teams.
     OptiGlobe's IDCs are connected to Tier 1 peering points in the United
 States and to multiple carrier networks via redundant fiber connections.
 OptiGlobe is a carrier-neutral service provider.  This gives customers the
 opportunity to partner with the carrier whose services best fit their needs.
 Carriers serving the new Rio de Janeiro center include Embratel, Light
 Telecom, Impsat, Telemar, Vesper, Global Crossing and 360networks.
 
     About OptiGlobe
     OptiGlobe (http://www.OptiGlobe.com), headquartered in Bethesda, Md., with
 operations throughout Latin America, is building the region's most extensive
 network of world-class, fifth-generation Internet Data Centers to provide
 businesses with new levels of performance, reliability and scalability for
 their mission-critical Web hosting, managed services and Internet connection
 needs. The company operates a 159,000-square-foot facility in Sao Paulo and
 113,000-square-foot facilities in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.  Sites in
 Mexico City and Santiago are under development. OptiGlobe has a capital base
 of approximately $700 million in equity financing and vendor commitments and
 is fully funded in its core plan. Equity investors include Telecom Partners,
 Norwest Ventures, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch & Co., First Union, Bank of
 Boston, Credit Suisse First Boston, CIBC, Mellon Bank, EMC, AES, Banco
 Santander Central Hispano, Racional and Votorantim Venture Capital.
 
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    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil and BETHESDA, Md., April 25 /PRNewswire/ --
 OptiGlobe(TM), the premier provider of mission-critical enterprise and
 Internet Data Center (IDC) services in Latin America, has opened its third
 IDC.  Located in Rio de Janeiro, the $100 million fifth-generation facility
 has 104,000 square feet of capacity and can host up to 7,500 servers in its
 initial configuration.  It is expandable to a total of 312,000 square feet.
     The carrier-neutral Rio de Janeiro IDC is the second facility OptiGlobe
 has opened this month and the third in five months.  The company launched a
 112,000-square-foot facility in Buenos Aires on April 4 and a 159,000-square-
 foot IDC in Sao Paulo in November 2000.  With nearly 400,000 square feet of
 space in service, OptiGlobe is the region's largest and fastest growing
 provider of IDC services.
     "This is our second center in Brazil and a perfect complement to our two
 existing facilities," said Scott Puritz, chairman and CEO, OptiGlobe.  "We are
 the only provider with 100,000-square-foot-plus IDCs in Brazil's two largest
 cities and in South America's three largest cities.  We are uniquely
 positioned to deliver services locally and across the region."
     OptiGlobe supplies the infrastructure and managed services that businesses
 use to establish mission-critical applications.  It delivers a full range of
 collocation, IP connectivity, hosting, managed security and managed storage
 solutions from its state-of-the-art data centers.  Customers include major
 financial institutions, leading consumer goods, industrial, retail and
 transportation companies, media companies, content providers and systems
 integrators.
     "Rio de Janeiro is a city of more than 11 million people and is home to
 some of Brazil's largest companies," said Rance Hesketh, CEO of OptiGlobe
 Brazil.  "These businesses are developing mission-critical applications to
 improve their productivity and competitiveness.  For these applications to
 work well, they need to reside in data centers designed to deliver world-class
 quality, security and connectivity.  We've built our centers in Sao Paulo,
 Buenos Aires and now Rio de Janeiro with exactly this in mind."
     OptiGlobe's IDCs are designed to deliver levels of reliability, security
 and connectivity individual businesses would find virtually impossible to
 duplicate.  Each facility represents an investment of over $100 million and is
 designed to deliver 100 percent availability.  The Rio de Janeiro IDC is
 equipped with redundant power generation and distribution systems, redundant
 cooling systems, advanced fire prevention and fire fighting systems, and
 carefully planned security systems.  The center is staffed 24 hours a day by
 highly trained engineering and technical teams.
     OptiGlobe's IDCs are connected to Tier 1 peering points in the United
 States and to multiple carrier networks via redundant fiber connections.
 OptiGlobe is a carrier-neutral service provider.  This gives customers the
 opportunity to partner with the carrier whose services best fit their needs.
 Carriers serving the new Rio de Janeiro center include Embratel, Light
 Telecom, Impsat, Telemar, Vesper, Global Crossing and 360networks.
 
     About OptiGlobe
     OptiGlobe (http://www.OptiGlobe.com), headquartered in Bethesda, Md., with
 operations throughout Latin America, is building the region's most extensive
 network of world-class, fifth-generation Internet Data Centers to provide
 businesses with new levels of performance, reliability and scalability for
 their mission-critical Web hosting, managed services and Internet connection
 needs. The company operates a 159,000-square-foot facility in Sao Paulo and
 113,000-square-foot facilities in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.  Sites in
 Mexico City and Santiago are under development. OptiGlobe has a capital base
 of approximately $700 million in equity financing and vendor commitments and
 is fully funded in its core plan. Equity investors include Telecom Partners,
 Norwest Ventures, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch & Co., First Union, Bank of
 Boston, Credit Suisse First Boston, CIBC, Mellon Bank, EMC, AES, Banco
 Santander Central Hispano, Racional and Votorantim Venture Capital.
 
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