OptiGlobe Surpasses 100 Client Mark; World-class Infrastructure Attracts One Client Per Day Into a Single Internet Data Center

Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from OptiGlobe Communications, Inc.

    BETHESDA, Md., and SAO PAULO, Brazil, April 4 /PRNewswire/ --
 OptiGlobe(TM), the leading provider of mission-critical Internet Data Center
 (IDC) services in Latin America, announced today that it has activated over
 100 clients in its Sao Paulo, Brazil IDC.  Adding an average of about one
 customer per day since the launch of its 159,000 sq. ft. facility in Sao
 Paulo, OptiGlobe has far exceeded initial sales expectations. In addition,
 OptiGlobe recently launched its second IDC in Buenos Aires, Argentina and is
 preparing to launch a third IDC in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil later this month.
     OptiGlobe's client roster includes leading Brazilian blue chip
 enterprises, e-commerce sites, content developers and Internet and network
 service providers such as: Amelia, C&C-Conibra/Madeirense, Cultura Inglesa,
 Globocabo, Globo.com, hpG, NTT Communications, Patagon, Redecard, Solvo and
 Yahoo! Brazil.
     "This overwhelming response, in such a short period of time, highlights
 the pent-up demand for world-class Internet Data Center infrastructure and
 services in Latin America and confirms that OptiGlobe has delivered what was
 needed to fill a vacuum in the region," said Scott Puritz, OptiGlobe's
 Chairman and CEO.  "Our strong start in Brazil is helping to fuel our plans to
 serve the infrastructure-scarce Latin American market."
     According to International Data Corporation, the Latin American Web
 hosting market alone -- including collocation as well as shared, dedicated and
 managed hosting services -- is expected to grow to $3.7 billion by 2005.  The
 shortage of skilled IT professionals, the prohibitive costs of managing Web
 operations in-house and the continued surge in Internet use are among the
 factors that are driving the explosive rate of growth of the Web hosting
 market in Latin America.
     OptiGlobe serves a diverse set of Brazilian and multi-national customers
 from its Sao Paulo Internet Data Center -- reflecting its success in
 addressing the needs of leading national conglomerates and Global 1,000
 enterprise clients.  By closing contracts worth a total value of US$45
 million, OptiGlobe has already surpassed its 2001 revenue targets and is
 growing faster than initial projections.
     "OptiGlobe's clear focus on service delivery allows it to provide Redecard
 with the agility that our business requires," said Fernando Pantaleao, vice
 president, Redecard S.A., Brazil's leading credit card payment system.
     Another of OptiGlobe's Brazil clients, Amelia, the online branch of
 leading supermarket chain Pao de Acucar, relies on OptiGlobe's dedicated
 servers. This hosting service delivers the benefits of OptiGlobe's advanced
 data center infrastructure, network equipment, connectivity and storage
 systems without requiring clients to incur large up-front equipment costs or
 ongoing maintenance responsibilities.
     Yahoo! Brazil, the Brazilian arm of leading Web navigation service
 provider Yahoo!, hosts its servers within OptiGlobe's IDC, guaranteeing the
 uninterrupted operation of all infrastructure behind its service.  "OptiGlobe
 has the infrastructure required to support our mission-critical operations,
 offering reliability and security on a 24 x 7 basis," said Bruno Fiorentini,
 president, Yahoo! Brazil.
 
     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 5th generation Internet Data Centers (IDC) 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 ft. facility in Sao Paulo,
 Brazil, a 125,000 square ft. facility in Buenos Aires, Argentina and is
 preparing to launch a third IDC in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil later this month.
 Sites in Mexico City and Santiago are under development.  OptiGlobe has a
 capital base of approximately of $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 Dean Witter & Co., 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.
 
 

SOURCE OptiGlobe Communications, Inc.
    BETHESDA, Md., and SAO PAULO, Brazil, April 4 /PRNewswire/ --
 OptiGlobe(TM), the leading provider of mission-critical Internet Data Center
 (IDC) services in Latin America, announced today that it has activated over
 100 clients in its Sao Paulo, Brazil IDC.  Adding an average of about one
 customer per day since the launch of its 159,000 sq. ft. facility in Sao
 Paulo, OptiGlobe has far exceeded initial sales expectations. In addition,
 OptiGlobe recently launched its second IDC in Buenos Aires, Argentina and is
 preparing to launch a third IDC in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil later this month.
     OptiGlobe's client roster includes leading Brazilian blue chip
 enterprises, e-commerce sites, content developers and Internet and network
 service providers such as: Amelia, C&C-Conibra/Madeirense, Cultura Inglesa,
 Globocabo, Globo.com, hpG, NTT Communications, Patagon, Redecard, Solvo and
 Yahoo! Brazil.
     "This overwhelming response, in such a short period of time, highlights
 the pent-up demand for world-class Internet Data Center infrastructure and
 services in Latin America and confirms that OptiGlobe has delivered what was
 needed to fill a vacuum in the region," said Scott Puritz, OptiGlobe's
 Chairman and CEO.  "Our strong start in Brazil is helping to fuel our plans to
 serve the infrastructure-scarce Latin American market."
     According to International Data Corporation, the Latin American Web
 hosting market alone -- including collocation as well as shared, dedicated and
 managed hosting services -- is expected to grow to $3.7 billion by 2005.  The
 shortage of skilled IT professionals, the prohibitive costs of managing Web
 operations in-house and the continued surge in Internet use are among the
 factors that are driving the explosive rate of growth of the Web hosting
 market in Latin America.
     OptiGlobe serves a diverse set of Brazilian and multi-national customers
 from its Sao Paulo Internet Data Center -- reflecting its success in
 addressing the needs of leading national conglomerates and Global 1,000
 enterprise clients.  By closing contracts worth a total value of US$45
 million, OptiGlobe has already surpassed its 2001 revenue targets and is
 growing faster than initial projections.
     "OptiGlobe's clear focus on service delivery allows it to provide Redecard
 with the agility that our business requires," said Fernando Pantaleao, vice
 president, Redecard S.A., Brazil's leading credit card payment system.
     Another of OptiGlobe's Brazil clients, Amelia, the online branch of
 leading supermarket chain Pao de Acucar, relies on OptiGlobe's dedicated
 servers. This hosting service delivers the benefits of OptiGlobe's advanced
 data center infrastructure, network equipment, connectivity and storage
 systems without requiring clients to incur large up-front equipment costs or
 ongoing maintenance responsibilities.
     Yahoo! Brazil, the Brazilian arm of leading Web navigation service
 provider Yahoo!, hosts its servers within OptiGlobe's IDC, guaranteeing the
 uninterrupted operation of all infrastructure behind its service.  "OptiGlobe
 has the infrastructure required to support our mission-critical operations,
 offering reliability and security on a 24 x 7 basis," said Bruno Fiorentini,
 president, Yahoo! Brazil.
 
     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 5th generation Internet Data Centers (IDC) 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 ft. facility in Sao Paulo,
 Brazil, a 125,000 square ft. facility in Buenos Aires, Argentina and is
 preparing to launch a third IDC in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil later this month.
 Sites in Mexico City and Santiago are under development.  OptiGlobe has a
 capital base of approximately of $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 Dean Witter & Co., 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.
 
 SOURCE  OptiGlobe Communications, Inc.