Google announced the acquisition of a building in the city of Canelones, Uruguay, to open a new data center in Latin America. The purchase was made through a subsidiary of the Mountain View company, called Eleanor Applications SRL.
According to a statement given by the governor of Canelones, Yamandú Orsi, the project was already being discussed between Google and Uruguayan authorities, and the new data center will be installed in Parque de las Ciencias: “Since 2019, stakeholders have talked to us . We moved so that some public agencies could support the project. We have kept the case reserved until now ”.
According to its official website, Google already has a data center located in Quilicura, Chile, making this the company’s second project of its kind. “It is an important milestone in this process and reinforces Google’s commitment to Uruguay and Latin America and the development of the local technological ecosystem,” said the company. “We are very excited to be able to increase our presence in Uruguay. Although the prospects for the project are encouraging, there are still several steps to be overcome before we can confirm the construction of the infrastructure center ”.
The news comes amid recent disclosures from Google, which confirmed a partnership with SpaceX, by Elon Musk, for the offer of internet connection via satellite, at the same time that it informed, in March, that Google Cloud – its guardian – rain of products set in the cloud – already operates in Brazil with 90% clean energy.
The news serves as a counter to a recent Gartner survey, which states that Latin America should be the last part of the world to recover from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, when it comes to investments in technology. At the end of April, the research institute said that the bloc would return to the level before the health crisis only in 2024.
In the region, Brazil is the largest IT and communications market and has the confidence of rising businessmen: according to IDC, 50% of companies are planning to increase spending in 2021, according to the consultancy.