At Febraban Tech, Ascenty announces start-up of its 24th data center and purchase of land in São Paulo for expansion

In its debut participation in the main banking technology event, Ascenty reveals investments for the financial sector, an area that has grown 50% in customers over the past two years

Ascenty, a leading company in the Latin American data center market with 34 units in Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Colombia, participates for the first time in Febraban Tech, the main event for technology and innovation in the financial sector, with announcements of investments focused on finance clients.

During the fair, which takes place from June 27 to 29, 2023, at the Transamerica Expo Center, in São Paulo, Ascenty will host a Coffee Lounge next to Fintech Arena, to announce the start-up of the fourth data center at its Osasco (SP) campus and the purchase of land measuring 47,430.46 m² in the same region.

The new data center – São Paulo 4 – comes online with 5.5 MW of a total capacity of 9 MW where the company has a total of six infrastructures, four in operation and two under construction. In the new area, equivalent to just over four soccer fields, new units will be built, with construction set to begin and investment values currently in the planning phase.

This expansion is in line with the strategy of expanding the portfolio to the enterprise market, which includes the technology, telecom, finance, retail, agribusiness and health segments. Ascenty’s participation in Febraban Tech aims to expand contracts with the financial sector, which registered a 50% growth in the number of customers over the past two years.

“Our goal is to expand our operation and meet the growing demand for world-class data centers and excellent connectivity in the São Paulo region, especially for banks, investment funds, fintechs, and payment companies,” reveals Marcos Siqueira, Vice President of Operations at Ascenty. “Four of the five largest banks in Brazil already work with Ascenty, whether in colocation or connectivity, and the financial sector is among the three fastest growing in the company”, he adds.

The acquired land in Osasco is one of the last areas with high energy availability in Greater São Paulo, an essential condition for the operation of large data centers. In addition, the location houses the Network Access Point (NAP), has direct access to the PIX in São Paulo and Campinas and is also interconnected to the submarine cable station in Praia Grande (SP), through the 5,000 km of Ascenty’s proprietary optical fiber network.

Another market differential of Ascenty is that all its units are classified as Tier 3, which certify the data centers with the highest market availability. Additionally, it is the only Latin American data center company that is a signatory of the UN Global Compact, with over 200 certifications for excellence in environmental management and corporate social responsibility. The company has also been in the zone of excellence in customer service according to the Net Promoter Score for the past five years.

Service – Ascenty at Febraban Tech

When: June 27-29, 2023

Where: Transamerica Expo Center

Av. Dr. Mário Vilas Boas Rodrigues, 387 – Santo Amaro, São Paulo

Ascenty Booth: Coffee Lounge 01 – next to the Fintech Arena

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Ascenty, Datacom and DataSafer to offer a 100% Brazilian-made cloud storage structure

OCP servers developed and manufactured in Brazil, by Brazilian workers, decrease the domestic market’s reliance on imported products

Ascenty, the leading colocation company in Latin America, with 33 data centers in Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Colombia, DataSafer, a company specialized in cloud storage based in Campinas, and its supplier, Datacom, a manufacturer of servers and telecommunications products based in Eldorado do Sul, have teamed up to launch a 100% Brazilian-made cloud storage structure using an OCP (Open Compute Project) server fully developed and manufactured in Brazil.

OCP is a collaborative community for creating hardware architecture concepts that efficiently support the increasing demands of cloud computing infrastructure, with reduced power consumption and lower operating and maintenance costs than traditional IT architectures. And this partnership between Ascenty, Datacom and DataSafer reduces the domestic market’s dependence on imported products by offering technology that was fully developed in Brazil, with parts and equipment manufactured in the country, by Brazilian workers.

“It took two years to design a new generation of servers for data centers that, today, operate with 30% less power consumption and 20% lower operating costs compared to previous facilities,” said Jairo Neto, Datacom’s account manager.

“Ascenty’s infrastructure was crucial for the project’s success in terms of security, high availability, connectivity and redundancies, as well as qualified and agile labor to meet the urgent demands, because we had to double the occupation of racks to make this technology viable,” added Walber Alexandre de Castro, DataSafer’s Executive Director.

Castro points out that having the products manufactured in Brazil emerged as an alternative to the delays in the delivery of servers resulting from the semiconductor shortage associated with the war between Ukraine and Russia, both among the world leaders in the production of raw materials for chips. “We managed to overcome the components crisis and meet our internal demand by planning ahead, because other companies reported having to wait a year to get this equipment from abroad, we received it in two months,” he said.

“It is a great competitive advantage for us to offer Datacom’s national OCP servers and DataSafer’s cloud storage as services available in our digital ecosystem with state-of-the-art infrastructure in power availability, high connectivity and the lowest latency in the market,” said Vinícius Minetto, Ascenty’s Sales Director.

About Ascenty

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, is the largest connectivity and data center service provider in Latin America, currently managing 33 data centers in operation and/or construction in Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Colombia, interconnected by 5,000 km of proprietary fiber-optic network. The company was established in 2010 and builds and operates world-class data centers serving the world’s largest cloud and technology providers, as well as other customers in the finance, retail, industrial, healthcare and service industries. To support its expansion, Ascenty relies on its shareholders – Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a Canadian asset management company, and Digital Realty, the world’s largest data center company, with 290 units located in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. To learn more about Ascenty, go to the website.

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Ascenty achieves excellence in customer service for the fifth consecutive year

Latin America’s leading data center provider earned an excellent score in customer service for the fifth consecutive year as measured by Net Promoter Score (NPS) research methodology

The results of the Net Promoter Score (NPS) survey, conducted annually with customers of Ascenty, the leading colocation company in Latin America, reveal how excellent service is a competitive advantage in the organization’s market positioning.

For the fifth consecutive year, Ascenty earned an “excellent” score, falling in the 75-100 point range. This is a well-established corporate metric for measuring customer loyalty and satisfaction. The positive feedback from Ascenty customers through the NPS comes as an endorsement of Ascenty’s successful strategy to differentiate itself as a service provider of excellence in Colocation and Connectivity.

“We invest heavily in infrastructure, technology, and agile processes, maintaining a culture focused on flexibility, and we always have initiatives that emphasize retaining and attracting new talent, all this associated with constant training to offer excellent services with the same quality around the clock and in all Data Centers in Latin America. In addition, we are always very attentive to the needs of our customers!” said Marcos Siqueira, Vice President of Operations at Ascenty.

With 33 own data centers in Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Colombia, Ascenty serves large customers that, due to the complexity of their business, require the provision of very high quality services. The main segments served by the company include major cloud and general technology service providers, the financial sector, e-commerce (retail), education, and service integrators.

Between the 2021 survey and the recently completed September 2022 survey, Ascenty announced seven new data centers – three in Brazil, two in Mexico and a second data center in Chile – adding to a recent announcement of five other sites, including the first in Colombia.

“Even with this significant expansion, the company manages to balance the well-being and safety of its employees with customer satisfaction, maintaining the quality of service confirmed by the NPS,” Siqueira concluded.

About Ascenty

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, is the largest connectivity and data center service provider in Latin America, currently managing 33 data centers in operation and/or construction in Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Colombia, interconnected by 5,000 km of proprietary fiber-optic network. The company was established in 2010 and builds and operates world-class data centers serving the world’s largest cloud and technology providers, as well as other customers in the finance, retail, industrial, healthcare and service industries. To support its expansion, Ascenty relies on its shareholders – Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a Canadian asset management company, and Digital Realty, the world’s largest data center company, with 290 units located in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. To learn more about Ascenty, go to the site.

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Ascenty enables migration of Voiter infrastructure to the cloud in record time

Business bank expands strategic partnership with Ascenty by contracting colocation for data center, internet and connectivity infrastructure

Ascenty, the leading colocation company in Latin America, with 28 data centers in Brazil, Chile and Mexico – 22 in operation and six under construction, was chosen as a strategic partner by Voiter, a business bank that brings together technology, credit and capital markets to offer consultative integrated financial solutions and services to customers from across every sector.

To improve the security and technological resources of its solutions and services, the business bank migrated its infrastructure to Ascenty, which became the main internet and connectivity provider for leading cloud companies.

“We migrated our entire infrastructure to the cloud in 9 months. We did it gradually and in a planned manner, integrating all of the bank’s business areas in a single weekend. In addition, we decommissioned legacy connectivity to a new, more robust infrastructure and completed the disaster recovery plan, increasing transactional capacity across our operations with scalable cloud infrastructure. Today Voiter is part of the 18% of the world’s banks that operate fully in the cloud, according to S&P Global,” said Eduardo Kimura, Voiter’s CIO and Digital Transformation Director.

“Initially, we sought Ascenty to be only the Disaster Recovery connectivity provider, but during the process we identified opportunities for service synergy, with higher quality and robustness. Today, Ascenty has become our main connectivity and infrastructure provider, offering all the redundancy of connectivity between the data centers and the clouds,” said Kimura.

For Ascenty’s Sales Director Vinícius Minetto, becoming Voiter’s main infrastructure partner is another endorsement of excellent service, with flexibility and competitive prices. “We offer a digital ecosystem with global span that works as a gear to leverage partner business, with a special focus on flexibility and efficiency in services, and full availability to our customers,” Minetto added.

About Ascenty

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, is the largest connectivity and data center service provider in Latin America, currently managing 28 data centers in operation and/or construction in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, interconnected by 5,000 km of proprietary fiber-optic network. The company was established in 2010 and builds and operates world-class data centers serving the world’s largest cloud and technology providers, as well as other customers in the finance, retail, industrial, healthcare and service industries. To support its expansion, Ascenty relies on its shareholders – Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a Canadian asset management company, and Digital Realty, the world’s largest data center company, with 290 units located in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. To learn more about Ascenty, go to the site.

About Voiter

Voiter brings a new concept of wholesale banking by being a business bank that brings together technology, credit, capital markets and partnerships to offer, in a consultative manner, integrated financial solutions and services to clients from all sectors – from startups to large companies. For more information, go to: https://www.voiter.com/.

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Ascenty launches technology services marketplace

Initiative by Latin America’s largest data center company creates business opportunities for its customers

Ascenty, a leading data center provider in Latin America, with 28 locations in Brazil, Chile and Mexico – 22 of which in operation and six under construction –, announced the launch of a technology services marketplace for its customer network.

The space offers numerous technology services, from servers and other physical equipment to solutions linked to cloud computing, cybersecurity and app development. Since Ascenty focuses exclusively on colocation – which consists of leasing space equipped with electrical power, internet connection, and redundant physical links to major global clouds – it does not compete with its tech industry partners, creating a business relationship between them. It is, therefore, a free competition marketplace open to the company’s entire partner network.

Ascenty’s digital ecosystem consists of an environment with great potential for business opportunities. “In addition to an infrastructure of excellence, our customers have at their disposal a marketplace with a great diversity of state-of-the-art technology services, with Ascenty playing the role of new business developer, allowing quick and easy access to the services they need within our digital ecosystem,” said Vinícius Minetto, Ascenty’s Sales Director.

The marketplace has enjoyed high receptivity rates among the customer base, with more than 30 companies registered in the first two weeks. Ascenty expects to surpass 50 tech service providers by the end of the year.

About Ascenty

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, is the largest connectivity and data center service provider in Latin America, currently managing 28 data centers in operation and/or construction in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, interconnected by 5,000 km of proprietary fiber-optic network. The company was established in 2010 and builds and operates world-class data centers serving the world’s largest cloud and technology providers, as well as other customers in the finance, retail, industrial, healthcare and service industries. To support its expansion, Ascenty relies on its shareholders – Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a Canadian asset management company, and Digital Realty, the world’s largest data center company, with 290 units located in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. To learn more about Ascenty, go to the site.

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IX: what is it and how does it work?

The Internet is an essential service in the corporate world. However, few people really know how its structure works. Unlike what many people imagine, the web is not a single network that works centrally, for example. The Internet is a set of networks that interconnect autonomously. Thus, one of the solutions used to make this connection is IXP/IX. 

From IXP to IX: the naming change 

Recently, the term Internet eXchange Point (IXP) has been replaced by IX (Internet Exchange). This change aimed to standardize the Brazilian nomenclature so that it would conform to international standards.

In Brazil, IX coordination is carried out by CGIbr, while the operation is carried out by technically qualified non-profit organizations, which establish the necessary requirements for architectures and management of interconnections.


IX: What is it?

In short, an Internet Exchange, or simply IX, is a physical location through which Internet infrastructure companies, such as Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and companies with AS (Autonomous System), connect with each other. 

IXs are at the “edge” of different networks and allow internet service providers to share traffic outside their own network, for example. 

That is, by having a presence inside IX, companies can shorten their path to traffic from other networks participating in this solution, thus reducing latency, improving data transfer times and potentially reducing operational costs.

How does an IX work?


As we saw earlier, the Internet works as an interconnection of several networks, with IX playing the role of connecting providers. That is, in addition to being located in a physical environment, it is an interesting resource to make interconnection more effective.

IX also works as a kind of HUB, in which internet service providers connect their environments. In the end, with it, all data traffic is carried out faster and with lower internet costs.

The more well-structured the IX, the greater the speed and amount of data transferred within the network. This is great for the efficiency of the connection of the devices connected to it.

On IX, the connection can range from a few Megabits per second to many Terabits per second. Regardless of size, the primary purpose of IX is to ensure that several network routers are connected quickly and efficiently.

Why is IX important? 

Providers that use the IX solution have numerous benefits, including cost savings, bandwidth savings and higher traffic speed, for example.

In addition to these advantages, providers have the opportunity to offer connections to other access providers, facilitating the connection of companies located far from the IX. Thus, IX works as an excellent resource to increase internet connection performance across the country, as well as increase the ROI of ISPs.

Please note that to be able to access IX, Internet providers need a company that offers a PIX (point of interconnection) Data Center, as is the case with Ascenty. Ascenty’s PIX has the advantage of optimizing the path through which data flows within the network.

PIX: Ascenty’s IX solution 

Ascenty’s PIX connection provides a direct link between the networks of major ISPs and AS companies, facilitating the exchange of information and traffic between them. The Ascenty connection to the IX delivers connectivity services with more than 4,500 km of its own optical fiber throughout the São Paulo Metropolitan Area and Fortaleza. 

This feature provides key competitive edges for your company, such as higher connection speed between providers and lower bandwidth use. This results in even faster access and much lower costs for the business. 

Are you interested in these benefits or do you want to learn more about IX? Contact us and talk to one of our consultants to learn how this solution can improve your traffic! We are ready to help you. 

Network Interconnection and the benefits for the financial sector

At a time when the demand for quality connectivity is one of the main burdens in the market, and especially for the financial sector, understanding Network Interconnection can save the day of companies within the segment.

Financial institutions such as banks, brokerages and, more recently, fintechs. In addition to being part of a large and crucial ecosystem, providing services to society, they need to pay close attention to IT infrastructure issues.  After all, the services provided by these institutions are extremely delicate, requiring high security and data availability.

At the center of everything is the technological assets of this sector.

Today, customer experience is one of the pillars of Digital Transformation. Thus, the real challenges of the financial sector start to take shape. For companies in this area, in addition to dodging the widely known bureaucracy, the mission is to develop solutions and products in line with their new consumer.

Currently, consumers are connected 24 hours a day. That is, they can be active in banking applications at any time. that’s why his information needs to be available whenever the consumer wants it. This is the customer profile that causes concern for companies in the financial sector.

But… What is Network Interconnection and what does it have to do with all this? How can it be a solution for the connectivity of companies in the financial sector? That’s the question we intend to answer.

Keep reading to learn more!

What is Network Interconnection?


The exchange of information online is usually done by a complex decentralized and, for all intents and purposes, shared data network. That is, this type of communication is carried out indirectly.

For example, think of an online transaction: sending an image from computer A to computer B. In the conventional mode, the file does not necessarily travel a “straight line” between the two points.

In fact, it is broken down into several parts that follow different paths, often with a third point of exchange between the sender and receiver.

This process, combined with the geographical distance of these exchange points, makes this type of connection not ideal for companies seeking maximum performance.

Why? There are several reasons, but it can be said that the fact that it is decentralized increases latency, which directly impacts the speed of operations and harms customer experience.

As a result, the performance of your applications and systems suffers, as does the accessibility of customers, partners and suppliers to your data. Thus, without connection flexibility, you lose out when making quality deliveries to customers, as well as facilitating security breaches.

Network Interconnection is a strategy that seeks to fix all this, ensuring a private connectivity ecosystem that allows the exchange of information directly between companies, customers, partners and suppliers.

This solution works by providing a direct connection (physical over cable or virtual over a VLAN) between two (or more) IT environments hosted in a carrier neutral data center.

In this way, the user of one of the networks accesses data or services of the other without any trouble, facilitating operations and transactions.

How does network interconnection help the financial sector?


By understanding Network Interconnection, it is possible to see it applied in various market segments. This is true – it is no wonder that more and more companies are adopting this strategy.

However, in the case of the financial sector, it may be an action that is more than essential for business continuity.

More and more banks and financial institutions are improving their customer service. The goal is to be available at the physical branch – but also to take the branch services and place them on the palm of your hand.

That’s why these apps are so complete, true ecosystems that allow consumers to control every aspect of their financial life. 

However, this evolution, is the result of a whole chain of development. Today, more fintechs are teaming up with traditional financial institutions to create consumer-tailored services and solutions. With the operations area in the hands of these developers, the bank starts to focus on the consumer, which is a very positive point.

However, as innovations are added to this ecosystem of services, other players are added to the equation (fintechs, suppliers, partners), increasing competitiveness.

At the same time, consumer demand increases: more transactions are carried out every day, new requests are made.

That is, it creates a snowball effect of operations, data and information. And these examples are just the tip of the iceberg, as the financial sector moves much more data along its entire chain of operations.

With the latency of conventional connections, in addition to their inflexibility, this whole process could happen in a very long time.

With Network Interconnection being applied efficiently, this time can be much shorter.

A centralized environment of data exchange enables all third parties involved with the bank or financial institution to do so with maximum connective performance.

Understanding Network Interconnection also means understanding that its adoption makes all online processes safer and faster.

How can Ascenty help?


Okay, now you know what Network Interconnection is and how it can help the financial sector. What does Ascenty have to do with all this?

Ascenty has the best Network Interconnection solutions in the entire market. In fact, it is leader of the ISG quadrant of Colocation in Brazil.

With a robust data center infrastructure (the largest in Latin America) and carrier neutral, it can provide the interconnectivity your company has always dreamed of.

Its ecosystem of data centers and connectivity are spread across strategic points of the country and the continent, with a 4500 km fiber optic network and more than 100 Telecommunications operators and integrated providers.

To meet this market need, Ascenty offers the solution

In other words, an infrastructure capable of providing the best network interconnectivity between your company and your customers, suppliers and partners.

In addition, Ascenty provides extra services that can supplement your deliveries. An example is Cross Connect, as it connects your company with different service providers within the Data Center, bringing your business closer to the technological solution capable of transforming it. 

With this content, you have learned about Network Interconnection and how it can help the financial sector. Now, how about taking action and making this transformation happen? 

Contact Ascenty now and schedule your meeting!

Why do you need to consider Data Center redundancy when choosing a colocation partner?

Digital transformation has turned IT into a strategic sector for any company. In this context, nowadays, technological infrastructure is a source capable of generating value for the business. However, some precautions are essential in order to take full advantage of the virtual environment.

Data Center redundancy is a great example. Without it, instability and the risk of outage can compromise the company’s activities. With it, if a failure occurs in one of the components of the infrastructure, a second component will be available to take over the function until the processes are restored.

However, not everyone takes this into account when searching for a colocation partner to migrate their data — a mistake that can be costly (literally). With that in mind, we created this special content on redundancy to show you everything you need to know about redundancy. Check it out!

Types of redundancy

The IT infrastructure includes both physical (hardware) and digital (software) assets. A common mistake is to think of redundancy as something that corresponds to the second aspect of the system. So, to start off with a clear understanding, take a look at the types of redundancy your company can establish.

Redundancy in the electrical system

If a failure in the electrical supply directly affects the IT infrastructure, it is crucial to have redundancy in this supply. As the service is usually provided by a utility company – which limits the company’s means to predict failures -, the strategy is usually carried out with the use of two pieces of equipment.

The first is the uninterruptible power supply (UPS). The second is the traditional generator, which can be scaled exclusively for critical IT services.

Redundancy in the HVAC system

Temperature is also an essential factor in the operation of Data Centers, as a heat spike can affect or even interrupt the performance of certain pieces of equipment. Of course, all a/c units are also subject to failure. Therefore, it is important to have two systems, so that one is always available.

Data Redundancy

An environment hosted in a Data Center and without backup is simply unthinkable for a company whose operation depends on a digital environment. Redundancy protects not only against system instability, but also against possible power outages or other failures that corrupt or make the data unavailable.

Please note that this is also a fundamental measure for the organization’s cybersecurity. Remember the billion-dollar loss due to data hijackings through WannaCry ransomware in 2017, which affected several institutions (public and private) worldwide.

Network Redundancy

If data needs to be protected, this caution also applies to the channels to access such data. Whether it’s an internet connection or an internal network, all links need a second access route to prevent the Data Center from being isolated during a failure.

Some companies choose to hire services that offer a duplicated network, while others prefer to rely on two different providers.

Data Center redundancy levels

In addition to the different types of redundancy, it is also important to establish the most appropriate level for your infrastructure. In general, this depends on the characteristics of each company. Understand the difference between levels.

Level N

Level N is the most basic level. Data Center redundancy practically does not exist, as the infrastructure is always under ideal conditions. It’s easy to see how risky this is, but it’s a very common scenario among small businesses.

N+1 Redundancy

An N+1 redundancy Data Center has at least one extra equipment available. A good example is a server cooled by a single air conditioner, but with a second device to cover any failures.

N+2 Redundancy

As its name suggests, this level of redundancy has two spare pieces of equipment. The strategy of having a backup of the backup, for example, characterizes an N+2 Data Center.

Level 2N Redundancy

In the 2N model, the entire infrastructure is duplicated. That means two pieces of hardware, emergency power supply, a second access path, data backups, etc.

Level 2 (N+1) Redundancy

The highest level of redundancy is extra cautious with critical systems, which now have twice the amount of equipment and an extra module for each N.

For example: If you need to buy lunch for 2 kids, you buy each meal at two different restaurants, plus an extra meal at each location, as a precaution.

TIER classification and its relationship to Data Center redundancy

TIER classification is a certification of server performance and reliability. Developed over 25 years ago by Uptime, the system is used globally to demonstrate the efficiency of any institution’s Data Center.

As you can imagine, it takes redundancy levels into account. The classification levels are detailed below.

TIER I

The first level attests to the basic criteria of compliance with the TIER reference standards (NBR 5410, NBR 15247, NBR 11515, NBR 27002, among others). That means having air conditioning and electrical distribution subsystems, but not a redundancy strategy.

TIER II

A TIER II infrastructure is partially redundant. This is generally the case for small businesses that do not operate 24/7.

TIER III

In addition to the above requirements, a company classified as TIER III is fully redundant.

TIER IV

A TIER IV company meets TIER III requirements and has robust redundancy. Even if failures occur, its systems are able to keep running. This is the case for multinationals, which generally need to work uninterruptedly and with several platforms under continuous use.

How Ascenty Addresses the issue of Data Center redundancy

Ascenty offers a TIER III colocation service for companies looking for a high level of availability, security and accessibility for their infrastructure. No wonder we are talking about the largest Data Center company in Latin America.

According to the Uptime Institute, the availability level of Data Centers classified as TIER III is 99,982%, but Ascenty is not limited to this indicator and offers an even higher level of availability. This involves significant internal effort to put the best experts to work in robust and reliable infrastructure environments.

As you can see, Data Center redundancy is a strategic issue that cannot be ignored. Anyone looking to optimize the use of their IT resources to generate value should pay close attention to this issue. If you want to migrate your data and have maximum performance, take this into account when making your selection!

Would you like to know how this can be done in your specific IT environment? Contact us to schedule a meeting, and let those who understand the most about the subject answer all your questions!

Ascenty introduces its global connectivity ecosystem at Futurecom

Leading data center company in Latin America provides digital business environment with the greatest potential on the market

Ascenty, a leading company in the data center and connectivity industry in Latin America, with 28 units in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, participates for the first time with a booth at Futurecom 2022, which takes place October 18-20 at the São Paulo Expo, aiming to introduce its global connectivity ecosystem with the largest business potential on the market.

With 12 years of history under its belt, Ascenty offers the market the lowest latency for direct connection to the world’s leading cloud providers. The company guarantees a speed of up to 2 milliseconds for data exchange, 15% lower than the average offered in the Brazilian market.

Ascenty also has 5,000 km of proprietary fiber optic network connected to submarine cable stations in Fortaleza, Rio de Janeiro and Praia Grande (SP), in addition to being carrier neutral and providing direct access to numerous interconnected telecom carriers at its data centers.

Therefore, by allocating data in Ascenty’s data centers, even in hybrid form, clients gain direct access to a global client network that includes the market’s leading cloud providers, various managed business environment services, and solutions linked to cybersecurity, connectivity, and application development.

With the support of its shareholders – Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a Canadian asset management company; and Digital Realty, the world’s largest data center company, with 290 units across six continents – Ascenty ratifies the worldwide standard of excellence for its digital ecosystem.

“Being part of a leading global data center service group allows us to provide low-latency connectivity, greater resilience, and ultimately superior end-to-end market availability to conduct business activities anywhere in the world”, says Marcos Siqueira, Ascenty’s VP of Operations.

Ascenty Campus in Vinhedo, the largest data center in Latin America

About Ascenty

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, is the largest connectivity and data center service provider in Latin America, currently managing 28 data centers in operation and/or construction in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, interconnected by 5,000 km of proprietary fiber-optic network. The company was established in 2010 and builds and operates world-class data centers serving the world’s largest cloud and technology providers, as well as other customers in the finance, retail, industrial, healthcare and service industries. To support its expansion, Ascenty relies on its shareholders – Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a Canadian asset management company, and Digital Realty, the world’s largest data center company, with 290 units located in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. To learn more about Ascenty, go to: https://ascenty.com

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Datasafer

DataSafer, a company focused on cloud data storage and backup solutions.

Business challenge

DataSafer faced the challenge of implementing its own high-quality cloud infrastructure (to match that of leading cloud providers), with few financial resources to start the project.

Solution

Ascenty sealed the strategic partnership offering world-class Data Center infrastructure, certified by the main institutions in the market, with competitive prices and helped the company to strengthen itself in the cloud sector.

Result

The flexibility to expand the contracted environment quickly and gradually was another factor responsible for sustaining DataSafer’s growth in the market. In addition, Ascenty has also boosted the company’s business by recommending DataSafer’s services to new customers, with the possibility of contracting the solutions through an internal interconnection (cross connect), with direct, fast and secure access to the backup environment. cloud hosted in your data center.

Testimonial

“The choice of Ascenty as a private cloud infrastructure was supported by Ascenty’s vision for the quality of services, high availability and differentiated customer service. Ascenty combines a reliable operation with a close working relationship to meet our needs. Year after year, DataSafer is increasingly satisfied with having chosen Ascenty as a data center provider and a strategic partner.’

Walber A. Castro – Diretor Executivo

Ascenty opens its fifth data center in Hortolândia

With an expected investment of BRL 920 million and 31 MW capacity, the data center expands by 134% the total power of the complex, where construction started in 2015

Ascenty, the leading provider of data center services in Latin America, has announced the opening of the fifth data center at its Hortolândia complex, in the interior of the São Paulo State. The company also has a sixth data center under construction at the site, scheduled to begin operations in 2023.

Investment for the installation has totaled BRL 350 million so far, and is expected to reach BRL 920 million by the end of the final phase. Hortolândia 5 has already opened with 20% of the data processing centers occupied by clients, with plans to reach 60% by the end of 2023.

Ascenty now has 28 data centers in Brazil, Chile and Mexico – 23 currently operating and six under construction. With the new addition, the Hortolândia campus will see its power expanded by 134%, going from 23MW to 54MW of energy capacity.

“Next year, we will finish construction for the sixth site of the complex, which broke ground in 2015. Hortolândia is a growing industrial and technological hub. Investing in the town is part of our growth strategy, and will allow us to meet strong demand for digital services from local businesses,” said VP of Operations Marcos Siqueira.

The Hortolândia campus is connected to Ascenty’s 5,000-km proprietary fiber optic network and interconnected to the submarine cable station in Praia Grande, SP. Ascenty is carrier neutral and provides its customers with direct access to numerous telecom operators in its data centers.

About Ascenty

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, is the largest connectivity and data center service provider in Latin America, currently managing 28 data centers in operation and/or construction in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, interconnected by 5,000 km of proprietary fiber-optic network. The company was established in 2010 and builds and operates world-class data centers serving the world’s largest cloud and technology providers, as well as other customers in the finance, retail, industrial, healthcare and service industries. To support its expansion, Ascenty relies on its shareholders – Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a Canadian asset management company, and Digital Realty, the world’s largest data center company, with 290 units located in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. To learn more about Ascenty, go to the site.

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Digital Realty, Ascenty investor, completes acquisition of Teraco, Africa’s leading data center company

Global group extends leadership in data center solutions industry by completing majority stake acquisition in African company for about $3.5 billion

Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR), the largest global provider of cloud- and carrier-neutral data center, colocation and interconnection solutions – and one of the investors of Ascenty, the main data center company in Latin America – announces the successful completion of its previously announced agreement communicated earlier this year to acquire a majority interest in Teraco, a leading carrier-neutral data center and interconnection services provider in South Africa, from a consortium of investors, including Berkshire Partners and Permira, in a transaction valuing Teraco at approximately $3.5 billion.

The acquisition of Teraco adds South Africa to Digital Realty’s three existing markets on the continent, including Kenya, Mozambique, and Nigeria. The strategic importance of these four I’ve reverted to the approved press release as we have to ensure we use wording approved by Legal and IR markets has been enhanced by the recent and ongoing implementation of new subsea cable networks encircling Africa. Combined with Digital Realty’s highly connected facilities in Marseille, our customers have a range of strategic connectivity hubs from which to serve all corners of the African market.

For Ascenty’s clients operating in Latin America, this acquisition consolidates the world-class excellence standard of the digital ecosystem in which they operate. Companies with data allocated in any of Ascenty’s 28 data centers in Brazil, Chile and Mexico rely on 5,000km of dedicated fiber optic network, connecting the submarine cable stations in Fortaleza, Rio de Janeiro and Praia Grande, SP.

“Being part of a leading global data center service group allows us to provide low-latency connectivity, greater resilience, and ultimately superior end-to-end market availability to conduct business activities anywhere in the world,” says Chris Torto, CEO, Ascenty.

With the acquisition, Teraco will be known as Teraco: A Digital Realty Company.

To read the full announcement, in English, click here.

About Digital Realty

Digital Realty supports the world’s leading enterprises and service providers by delivering the full spectrum of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions. PlatformDIGITAL®, the company’s global data center platform, provides customers a trusted foundation and proven Pervasive Datacenter Architecture (PDx™) solution methodology for scaling digital business and efficiently managing data gravity challenges. Digital Realty’s global data center footprint gives customers access to the connected communities that matter to them with more than 290 facilities in 47 metros across 24 countries on six continents. To learn more about Digital Realty, click here.

About Ascenty

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, is the largest connectivity and data center service provider in Latin America, currently managing 28 data centers in operation and/or construction in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, interconnected by 5,000 km of proprietary fiber-optic network. The company was established in 2010 and builds and operates world-class data centers serving the world’s largest cloud and technology providers, as well as other customers in the finance, retail, industrial, healthcare and service industries. To support its expansion, Ascenty relies on its shareholders – Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a Canadian asset management company, and Digital Realty, the world’s largest data center company, with 290 units located in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. To learn more about Ascenty, go to the site.

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Ascenty is the first data center company in Brazil granted the ISO 45001 certification

Certification consolidates the leader of the data center market as a Brazilian pioneer in corporate practices of excellence in occupational health & safety

With 28 dedicated units in Brazil, Chile and Mexico – 19 in operation and nine under construction – Ascenty, leader of the Colocation market in Latin America, is the first data center company in Brazil to receive the ISO 45001 certification for corporate practices of excellence in occupational health and safety.

To receive the certification, the company completed a 16-month process of tailoring its processes to the excellence standard required by the ISO 45001. “With eight ongoing construction projects across three companies and 24/7 operations, we needed a completely dedicated team to establish global routines and standards of excellence in occupational health and safety,” said Fábio Trimarco, Compliance Officer at Ascenty. “This certification allows us to stand out in the market as the only company in the Brazilian sector recognized for prioritizing the life and health of its workers, attesting to the quality of Ascenty’s services across the community,” he added.

The compliance process was supported by the Occupational Safety Department, led by José Carlos Queiroz. “The organization now has clear oversight of crucial issues that can impact operations both positively or negatively, ultimately allowing us to fulfill our responsibilities by combining service excellence and a constant focus on the zero-incident goal,” said Queiroz.

In addition to the ISO 45001, all of Ascenty’s facilities are rated Tier III – representing the data centers with the highest uptime in the market –, receiving more than 100 certifications for its standards of excellence in corporate social responsibility and environmental management.

About Ascenty

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, is the largest connectivity and data center service provider in Latin America, currently managing 28 data centers in operation and/or construction in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, interconnected by 5,000 km of proprietary fiber-optic network. The company was established in 2010 and builds and operates world-class data centers serving the world’s largest cloud and technology providers, as well as other customers in the finance, retail, industrial, healthcare and service industries. To support its expansion, Ascenty relies on its shareholders – Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a Canadian asset management company, and Digital Realty, the world’s largest data center company, with 290 units located in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. To learn more about Ascenty, go tohttp://www.ascenty.com

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Ascenty is the first data center company in Brazil granted the ISO 45001 certification

Certification consolidates the leader of the data center market as a Brazilian pioneer in corporate practices of excellence in occupational health & safety

With 28 dedicated units in Brazil, Chile and Mexico – 19 in operation and nine under construction – Ascenty, leader of the Colocation market in Latin America, is the first data center company in Brazil to receive the ISO 45001 certification for corporate practices of excellence in occupational health and safety.

To receive the certification, the company completed a 16-month process of tailoring its processes to the excellence standard required by the ISO 45001. “With eight ongoing construction projects across three companies and 24/7 operations, we needed a completely dedicated team to establish global routines and standards of excellence in occupational health and safety,” said Fábio Trimarco, Compliance Officer at Ascenty. “This certification allows us to stand out in the market as the only company in the Brazilian sector recognized for prioritizing the life and health of its workers, attesting to the quality of Ascenty’s services across the community,” he added.

The compliance process was supported by the Occupational Safety Department, led by José Carlos Queiroz. “The organization now has clear oversight of crucial issues that can impact operations both positively or negatively, ultimately allowing us to fulfill our responsibilities by combining service excellence and a constant focus on the zero-incident goal,” said Queiroz.

In addition to the ISO 45001, all of Ascenty’s facilities are rated Tier III – representing the data centers with the highest uptime in the market –, receiving more than 100 certifications for its standards of excellence in corporate social responsibility and environmental management.

About Ascenty

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, is the largest connectivity and data center service provider in Latin America, currently managing 28 data centers in operation and/or construction in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, interconnected by 5,000 km of proprietary fiber-optic network. The company was established in 2010 and builds and operates world-class data centers serving the world’s largest cloud and technology providers, as well as other customers in the finance, retail, industrial, healthcare and service industries. To support its expansion, Ascenty relies on its shareholders – Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a Canadian asset management company, and Digital Realty, the world’s largest data center company, with 290 units located in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. To learn more about Ascenty, go tohttp://www.ascenty.com

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Ascenty is the only Latin American company among world’s 20 largest data center providers, study shows 

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) report also names Ascenty’s investor Digital Realty as the world’s largest data center provider

Ascenty, the leading colocation company in Latin America, with 28 data centers in Brazil, Chile and Mexico – 21 in operation and 7 under construction – was recognized as the 13th largest data center company in the world, and the only Latin American name in the top 20.

The same study, conducted by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), puts Ascenty’s investor Digital Realty at the top of the list. This means that Ascenty’s customers are interconnected to the world’s largest data center network, consisting of 290 Digital Realty facilities located in North America, Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

The ITU’s survey – Global Connectivity Report 2022 – is based on data from December 2021. Ascenty ranks 13th in the multi-tenant data center (MTDC) category, which includes data center providers in the colocation market, i.e., that rent space in their data centers to customers.

Absolute leader in Latin America, Ascenty has been experiencing rapid, continuous growth. In the two years since the pandemic began, the company has gone from 14 to 19 data centers in operation by the end of 2021. During this period, it also launched its first international operation, in Chile. It has recently started operating two units in Mexico and will soon announce a second unit active in Chile.

The annual report from ITU – the UN agency specializing in information and communication technologies – provides a current and detailed assessment of how close the world is to achieving universal and meaningful connectivity.

To access the complete report, go to the ITU website by clicking here.

About Ascenty

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, is the largest connectivity and data center service provider in Latin America, currently managing 28 data centers in operation and/or construction in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, interconnected by 5,000 km of proprietary fiber-optic network. The company was established in 2010 and builds and operates world-class data centers serving the world’s largest cloud and technology providers, as well as other customers in the finance, retail, industrial, healthcare and service industries. To support its expansion, Ascenty relies on its shareholders – Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a Canadian asset management company, and Digital Realty, the world’s largest data center company, with 290 units located in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. To learn more about Ascenty, go to the site by clicking here.

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Ascenty opens its first two data centers in Mexico

The company has already invested BRL 1 billion to enter the Mexican market and consolidate its leadership in the Latin American data center market

Ascenty, the leading data center service provider in Latin America, announces the opening of its first two units in Mexico, launching its operations in the country.

The total investment for the installation of the two new data centers, located in the city of Querétaro, was BRL 1 billion. Ascenty now has 28 data centers in Brazil, Chile and Mexico – 21 currently operating and six under construction.

While Mexico 1 has an area of 20,000 m² and a total power of 21 MW, Mexico 2 occupies 24,000 m² at 31 MW. The structures went into operation on July 1st and have already opened with a portion of the data processing centers occupied by clients: Mexico 1 with 25% of the total and Mexico 2 with 20%.

In recent years, Querétaro has become the area that attracts most foreign and domestic investment in the implementation of world-class data centers, according to the report by Cushman & Wakefield “Data centers Global Market Comparison 2021“. The region was also listed in the 2022 report as one of the top markets worldwide.

“Querétaro is financially attractive due to its geographical location: close to the industrial area of Bajío and Mexico City, but with a low risk of natural catastrophes such as earthquakes, hurricanes or tornadoes; and it has an efficient electrical infrastructure with available power supply for the data centers”, says Chris Torto, CEO and founder of Ascenty. “In addition to these two centers opening in Mexico, we will consolidate our leadership in Latin America with the opening of our second unit in Chile, later this year, as well as assessing our entry into other markets in the region, such as Colombia and Peru.”

Technical characteristics

Following in the footsteps of all other Ascenty data centers, the new units in Mexico are also ranked Tier 3 (TR3) and feature a tri-bus distribution system that ensures more than 48 hours of standalone autonomy to generators. The units also feature a high-performance cooling system operating in lateral technical corridors with redundancy.

The new data centers are also interconnected by Ascenty’s own 100% underground fiber optic network. The infrastructure was built according to international standards and has high initial fiber availability and capacity for future expansion. In addition, it is prepared to receive high fiber density cables, reaching more than 5,000 pairs in each of its four different paths. This configuration, with multiple paths, ensures the resiliency of the entire network.

Regarding physical security, the site has 24/7 surveillance with high-definition automatic movement detection and trained security staff. Adapting to the local reality, the data centers in Mexico were built observing specific recommendations for zones prone to seismic activity.

About Ascenty

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, is the largest connectivity and data center service provider in Latin America, currently managing 28 data centers in operation and/or construction in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, interconnected by 5,000 km of proprietary fiber-optic network. The company was established in 2010 and builds and operates world-class data centers serving the world’s largest cloud and technology providers, as well as other customers in the finance, retail, industrial, healthcare and service industries. To support its expansion, Ascenty relies on its shareholders – Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a Canadian asset management company, and Digital Realty, the world’s largest data center company, with 290 units located in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. To learn more about Ascenty, go to the site.

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Ascenty and NIC.br make new investments in the Vinhedo region to expand the interconnection market

The new network interconnect point is located at Ascenty’s data center in Vinhedo, the largest in Latin America, serving the rural parts of the State of São Paulo

Ascenty, the leading colocation company in Latin America, with 28 data centers in Brazil, Chile and Mexico – 19 in operation and 9 under construction – announces a new network interconnect point in the Vinhedo region, in the State of São Paulo. The investment was made in conjunction with the Brazilian Network Information Center (NIC.br), which maintains and operates IX.br, a benchmark project in infrastructure for direct interconnection between networks in metro areas. The total aggregate traffic volume is around 22 Tb/s, providing improved quality and cost savings for internet traffic exchanges.

The project is the result of extending the São Paulo IX.br – which already features a network interconnect point (PIX) with Ascenty’s São Paulo 2 data center – into Ascenty’s campus in Vinhedo.

Ascenty’s focus on infrastructure and connectivity was essential for the creation of the new point of presence for IX.br. In addition to having 5,000 km of proprietary fiber optic network connected to submarine cable stations in Fortaleza, Rio de Janeiro and Praia Grande, Ascenty is “carrier neutral” and ensures that its customers have direct access to numerous telecom carriers at its data centers.

“The new IX.br structure in Vinhedo is an important step for Ascenty’s expansion in terms of infrastructure and connectivity. Investing in the integration to the PTT in our campus with the largest data center in Latin America reinforces the concern and interest of companies in breaking the interconnect barriers while preserving availability and fair and accessible commercial conditions,” said João Walter, Ascenty’s Products and Solutions executive.

“The choice of the new IX.br coverage point was the consequence of a strategic mapping and of the need to get closer to the rural parts of the state. We also considered the importance of connectivity to large data centers with the capacity to host ISPs and content providers. These investments in new regions increases our reach and brings us closer to our customers, in addition to making interconnection and traffic exchange accessible to operators, ISPs and content providers,” says Julio Sirota, Infrastructure Manager at IX.br.

Currently, the ISPs and carriers that serve the rural parts of the State of São Paulo bear the network costs to connect to the exchange points in the state’s capital. This high investment in interconnection within data centers has a negative impact on the cost/benefit ratio of this initiative. Therefore, the availability of an IX.br connection point within Ascenty creates business and expansion possibilities for the market.

About IX.br

The Brazil Internet Exchange (IX.br) is an initiative by CGI.br and NIC.br aimed at the installation and operation of Internet exchange points and provides the infrastructure required to interconnect Autonomous Systems (AS) directly to the networks that comprise the internet. IX.br collaborates to reduce costs and improve the performance of the participating networks and the internet as a whole, following the definition provided by the Internet eXchange Federation. The initiative already encompasses 35 independent Internet Exchanges, distributed throughout the five regions of Brazil and directly interconnected, with major national and international networks also present. For more information, please go to the site.

About the Brazilian Network Information Center – NIC.br

The Brazilian Network Information Center – NIC.br (https://nic.br/) is a non-profit, private civil entity, in charge of operating the .br domain, as well as distributing IP numbers and registering Autonomous Systems in Brazil. Since 2005, NIC.br implements the decisions and projects designed by the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee – CGI.br and it is fully funded by its own revenues arising from its private enterprise. It carries out actions and projects that benefit the internet infrastructure in Brazil. NIC.br consists of:  Registro.br (https://registro.br), CERT.br (https://cert.br/), Ceptro.br (https://ceptro.br/), Cetic.br (https://cetic.br/), IX.br (https://ix.br/) and Ceweb.br (https://ceweb.br), in addition to projects such as Internetsegura.br (https://internetsegura.br) and Portal of Good Practices for the Internet in Brazil (https://bcp.nic.br/). It also houses the office of W3C Chapter São Paulo (https://w3c.br/).

About Ascenty

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, is the largest connectivity and data center service provider in Latin America, currently managing 28 data centers in operation and/or construction in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, interconnected by 5,000 km of proprietary fiber-optic network. The company was established in 2010 and builds and operates world-class data centers serving the world’s largest cloud and technology providers, as well as other customers in the finance, retail, industrial, healthcare and service industries. To support its expansion, Ascenty relies on its shareholders – Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a Canadian asset management company, and Digital Realty, the world’s largest data center company, with 290 units located in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. To learn more about Ascenty, go to the site by clicking here.

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Ascenty integrates add it Data Center infrastructure offering

Cloud solutions provider partners with Latin America’s largest data center infrastructure to support growth

Ascenty, the leading colocation company in Latin America, with 28 data centers in Brazil, Chile and Mexico – 19 in operation and 9 under construction – announces a partnership with add it Cloud Solutions, a cloud specialist for mission-critical environments.

The partnership was born out of add it’s need to double its size and increase cloud availability. And it was Ascenty’s São Paulo 3 data center that met all the company’s prerequisites. The infrastructure carefully follows the availability standards established by the TIA 942 standard and are certified by TUV with TR3 certification, which ensures service levels are fulfilled with the highest availability in the market. In addition, the cohesive and fair commercial positioning ensures that end customers are not impacted when hiring the services.

“Today, we consider Ascenty an essential part of the continuity and expansion of our double-digit annual growth objectives by providing the necessary infrastructure and quickly and efficiently getting ahead of our customers’ needs, both technical and financial,” says Eduardo Chiste, CEO & Co-Founder of add it.

The project consumed more than 4,300 dedicated hours for the activation of the new cloud infrastructure. “Our customers can now count on a private cloud with even more availability, elasticity, flexibility, and high performance”, ensures Eduardo.

For Vinícius Minetto, Ascenty’s Executive Sales Director, the portfolio of complementary services establishes a solidarity relationship between the companies, in favor of mutual growth and development. “We offer a digital ecosystem of global excellence through PlatformDigital – Digital Realty, which acts as a cog to leverage the business of partners, such as add it. We also share the same values, especially regarding efficiency, service flexibility, and full availability for our customers, which will amplify the recognition and reputation of both brands,” says Minetto.

About Ascenty

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, is the largest connectivity and data center service provider in Latin America, currently managing 28 data centers in operation and/or construction in Brazil, Chile, and Mexico, interconnected by 5,000 km of proprietary fiber-optic network. The company was established in 2010 and builds and operates world-class data centers serving the world’s largest cloud and technology providers, as well as other customers in the finance, retail, industrial, healthcare and service industries. To support its expansion, Ascenty relies on its shareholders – Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a Canadian asset management company, and Digital Realty, the world’s largest data center company, with 290 units located in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Australia. To learn more about Ascenty, go tohttp://www.ascenty.com

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Ascenty achieves ISO 22301 for its data centers operating in Brazil

Ascenty leverages the business continuity management seal to reinforce its competitive edge by having the widest range of certifications in the industry

With 28 dedicated units in Brazil, Chile and Mexico – 19 in operation and nine under construction – Ascenty, leader of the Colocation market in Latin America, announced that it has received ISO 22301 certification, which attests to the excellence of the business continuity management system in all of its 18 operations in Brazil.

The seal joins Ascenty’s more than 100 certifications in environmental management and corporate social responsibility, which is a competitive differential in the data center sector. The company also has all its units classified as Tier 3 (TR3) – which endorses the data centers with the highest availability in the market – and holds the title of a “carbon neutral” company according to the Brazil GHG Protocol Program.

“ISO 22301 provides a framework control for business continuity management that reduces the likelihood of disruptive incidents in any department of the company, and leaves us prepared to act promptly and appropriately in the event of an occurrence, dramatically reducing the potential damage”, explains Fábio Trimarco, Compliance and Quality director at Ascenty. “This is a standard that puts us in a privileged position in the market, since the complexity of this certification, as well as the scope for 100% of our operation, qualify ISO 22301 as a standard with many details for implementation, resulting in few companies in the market that have it,” he adds.

Benefits of the certification include mitigation of the impacts of systems failure; adoption of appropriate and periodically tested processes for business continuity; reduction of response time and solution to critical incidents; and maintenance of activities even when critical incidents occur.

About Ascenty

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, is the largest connectivity and data center service provider in Latin America, currently managing 28 data centers in operation and/or construction in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, interconnected by 5,000 km of proprietary fiber-optic network. The company was established in 2010 and builds and operates world-class data centers serving the world’s largest cloud and technology providers, as well as other customers in the finance, retail, industrial, healthcare and service industries. To support its expansion, Ascenty relies on its shareholders – Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a Canadian asset management company, and Digital Realty, the world’s largest data center company, with 290 units located in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. To learn more about Ascenty, go tohttp://www.ascenty.com

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Ascenty achieves ISO 9001 certification for its data centers in Brazil

Leading data center company in Latin America earns seal that attests to excellence in quality management in all 18 of its operations in Brazil

With 28 dedicated units in Brazil, Chile and Mexico – 19 in operation and nine under construction – Ascenty, leader of the Colocation market in Latin America, announced that it has received ISO 9001 certification, which attests to excellence in delivery of services and quality management in all of its 18 operations in Brazil.

To obtain the certification, the company established standard procedures at its Brazilian data centers that meet ISO 9001 global requirements. The two data centers in Santiago, Chile – one in operation and the other in the final stages of construction – and the two data centers in Querétaro, Mexico – expected to open in 2022 – are scheduled to obtain regulatory approval this year.

“We have implemented a standardized documentation management model to monitor the achievement of business management quality goals, with processes and procedures aimed at making our employees more efficient in their activities,” explained Fábio Trimarco, Ascenty’s Compliance Director. “The main benefits of ISO 9001 are waste reduction; more efficient identification of problems in the operation; increased customer loyalty; and better organization of management processes,” he adds.

The ISO 9001 is yet another of Ascenty certifications in environmental management and corporate social responsibility, which now add up to over a 100. The company also has all its units classified as Tier 3 (TR3) – which endorses the data centers with the highest availability in the market.

About Ascenty

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, is the largest connectivity and data center service provider in Latin America, currently managing 28 data centers in operation and/or construction in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, interconnected by 5,000 km of proprietary fiber-optic network. The company was established in 2010 and builds and operates world-class data centers serving the world’s largest cloud and technology providers, as well as other customers in the finance, retail, industrial, healthcare and service industries. To support its expansion, Ascenty relies on its shareholders – Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a Canadian asset management company, and Digital Realty, the world’s largest data center company, with 290 units located in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. To learn more about Ascenty, go tohttp://www.ascenty.com

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Ascenty is the first data center company in Brazil granted the ISO 45001 certification

Certification consolidates the leader of the data center market as a Brazilian pioneer in corporate practices of excellence in occupational health & safety

With 28 dedicated units in Brazil, Chile and Mexico – 19 in operation and nine under construction – Ascenty, leader of the Colocation market in Latin America, is the first data center company in Brazil to receive the ISO 45001 certification for corporate practices of excellence in occupational health and safety.

To receive the certification, the company completed a 16-month process of tailoring its processes to the excellence standard required by the ISO 45001. “With eight ongoing construction projects across three companies and 24/7 operations, we needed a completely dedicated team to establish global routines and standards of excellence in occupational health and safety,” said Fábio Trimarco, Compliance Officer at Ascenty. “This certification allows us to stand out in the market as the only company in the Brazilian sector recognized for prioritizing the life and health of its workers, attesting to the quality of Ascenty’s services across the community,” he added.

The compliance process was supported by the Occupational Safety Department, led by José Carlos Queiroz. “The organization now has clear oversight of crucial issues that can impact operations both positively or negatively, ultimately allowing us to fulfill our responsibilities by combining service excellence and a constant focus on the zero-incident goal,” said Queiroz.

In addition to the ISO 45001, all of Ascenty’s facilities are rated Tier III – representing the data centers with the highest uptime in the market –, receiving more than 100 certifications for its standards of excellence in corporate social responsibility and environmental management.

About Ascenty

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, is the largest connectivity and data center service provider in Latin America, currently managing 28 data centers in operation and/or construction in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, interconnected by 5,000 km of proprietary fiber-optic network. The company was established in 2010 and builds and operates world-class data centers serving the world’s largest cloud and technology providers, as well as other customers in the finance, retail, industrial, healthcare and service industries. To support its expansion, Ascenty relies on its shareholders – Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a Canadian asset management company, and Digital Realty, the world’s largest data center company, with 290 units located in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. To learn more about Ascenty, go tohttp://www.ascenty.com

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Ascenty kicks off construction of fourth data center in São Paulo, now totaling 28 units

With an investment of BRL 220 million and 7,000 sqm of built-up area, the new facilities undeniably assert the company’s absolute leadership in Latin America

Ascenty, a leading data center company focused in Latin America, announced the construction of its fourth unit in the city of Osasco, state of São Paulo. The company will invest a total of BRL 220 million in the infrastructure, which features 75,300 sq. ft. of built-up area and 9 MW of total power capacity.

Expected to begin operations in December this year, the new venture will further expand Ascenty’s data center campus in São Paulo to a total power capacity of 33 MW.

With the new facilities in São Paulo, Ascenty now has 28 dedicated data centers in Brazil, Chile and Mexico – 19 in operation and seven under construction. By the end of 2020, the company will have kicked off operations across five new facilities: two in Brazil (São Paulo 4 and Hortolândia 5) and three abroad (Mexico 1 and 2, and Chile 2).

According to Marcos Siqueira, Ascenty’s VP of Operations, the company is expanding to keep track of the growing demand for data center and cloud migration services among companies across all industries. “Nowadays, internet consumption in our facilities is approximately 300% greater compared to February 2020, before the pandemic. In turn, power consumption – our main input – nearly doubled in the period. We have broadened our client portfolio, but those who were already in our facilities also expanded their use, which clearly shows a rising trend in the market,” said Siqueira.

In line with the global connectivity excellence standard across all Ascenty data centers, São Paulo 4 is interconnected to the proprietary fiber optic network of 3,100 miles. However, as a carrier neutral data center, it also has access to the networks of he main telecom companies in the country. To ensure uninterrupted operation across the data centers, all of the power used comes from renewable sources, traded in the free market with incentives. In addition, units are already born with management certifications such as ISO 14001, ISO 27001, ISO 37001 and ISO 50001, as well as TÜV TR3, which certifies highest market availability and guarantees security and efficiency to ensure business continuity for clients.

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ASCENTY INVESTOR’S DIGITAL REALTY ACQUIRES TERACO, AFRICA’S LEADING DATA CENTER COMPANY

Global group extends leadership in data center solutions industry by acquiring majority stake in African company for approximately $3.5 billion

Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR), the largest global provider of cloud- and carrier-neutral data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, and one of the investors of Ascenty, the main data center company in Latin America, announces that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in Teraco, Africa’s leading carrier-neutral colocation provider, from a consortium of investors, including Berkshire Partners and Permira, in a transaction valuing Teraco at approximately $3.5 billion.

With seven facilities located in South Africa’s main urban centers in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban, Teraco serves approximately 600 customers, including connectivity providers, cloud and content platforms and enterprises. Teraco enables 22,000 customer interconnections, and its Johannesburg campus is one of the world’s most densely interconnected sites, with 13,000 cross-connects.

For Ascenty’s 350 global clients operating in Latin America, this acquisition consolidates the world-class excellence standard of the digital ecosystem in which they operate. Companies with data allocated in any of Ascenty’s 27 data centers in Brazil, Chile and Mexico rely on 5,000 km of dedicated fiber optic network, connecting the submarine cable stations in Fortaleza, Rio de Janeiro and Praia Grande, SP.

“The end result of being part of a group that is the global leader in data center solutions is connectivity with low latency, greater resilience, and ultimately superior end-to-end market availability to conduct business activities anywhere in the world,” says Chris Torto, Ascenty’s CEO.

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About Digital Realty

Digital Realty supports the world’s leading enterprises and service providers by delivering the full spectrum of data center, colocation, and interconnection solutions. PlatformDIGITAL®, the company’s global data center platform, provides customers a trusted foundation and proven Pervasive Datacenter Architecture PDx™ solution methodology for scaling digital business and efficiently managing Data Gravity challenges. Digital Realty’s global data center footprint gives customers access to the connected communities that matter to them with 284 facilities in 50 metros across 26 countries on six continents. For more information, please visit digitalrealty.com or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Ascenty

Ascenty is a Digital Realty and Brookfield Infrastructure joint venture company and Latin America’s largest data center provider, with 27 data centers in operation and/or under construction, interconnected by a dedicated fiber-optic network spanning 5,000 kilometers. The company has developed and operated world-class data centers since 2010, serving some of the world’s largest technology companies. In line with Ascenty’s expansion project, the company received a strategic investment from Brookfield Infrastructure, one of the largest asset managers in Brazil in the infrastructure and private equity segments. With Digital Realty, the company now takes on even more expertise by joining a global network of 284 data centers located across North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. To learn more about Ascenty, go to: http://www.ascenty.com

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Ascenty earns 100% carbon neutral certification

Largest data center company in Latin America has reached neutral carbon emissions at all of its operating units in Brazil and Chile

Ascenty, leader in the Latin America Colocation market, with 27 proprietary data centers in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, announced that it has achieved “carbon neutral” status according to the Brazilian GHG Protocol Program, for base year 2020. With that, the company completed 100% of the carbon credit offsets of its units in operation, neutralizing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and reaffirming its commitment to a corporate culture aligned with the positive global agenda for combating climate change.

Led by Ascenty’s Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) area, the process of preparing the GHG emissions inventory, with a quantitative and qualitative analysis, took about 4 months and was completed in October 2021.

The report categorizes emissions into three scopes, starting with the company’s direct emissions originating from its own assets, such as cars and proprietary generators. Scope 2 measures indirect emissions resulting from the company’s inputs, originating entirely from the generation of electricity consumed by the company. And scope 3 includes indirect emissions that are out of the company’s control, such as those resulting from downstream activities involving employees, partners and customers.

“This three-scope approach is a unique advantage for Ascenty, as it encompasses not only the company’s activities, but also those of stakeholders and employees, effectively neutralizing the entire environmental impact arising from direct and indirect emissions from the company’s activity through the purchase of carbon credits,” highlights Fábio Trimarco, Ascenty’s Compliance and Quality director.

Of all greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere last year, 84.6% were related to Scope 2 due to high electricity consumption levels, the most important input for the uninterrupted operation of Ascenty’s large world-class data centers. The second largest emitting source is fugitive emissions from refrigeration, air conditioning, fire suppression, and industrial gases, in scope 1 (15.2%). And the third largest source is stationary emissions from electricity generators that use diesel as fuel, also in scope 1.

Internationally recognized clean energy source

To ensure clean energy consumption, an input that accounts for almost 85% of Ascenty’s total emissions, the company integrates the iREC system (International REC Standard), certified that attests to the origin of energy from renewable sources.

About 90% of all the company’s consumption is clean energy, traded on the free market with incentives. But since in Brazil all the input generated first goes into the energy grid before being redistributed, the iREC standard is an international requirement for the carbon emission report, and guarantees the traceability of renewable sources.

For the other 10%, Ascenty has signed direct carbon offset agreements to encourage and enhance the production of clean energy, such as projects for the construction of small hydro, wind, solar and biomass power plants.

At the same time, Ascenty invests in proprietary projects from institutions that support better use of energy, such as the recent acquisition of incentives for the Bandeirantes Sanitary Landfill Gas Management Project, located at km 26 of Bandeirantes Highway. The goal of this project is to capture and burn the gases generated by the landfill, in order to reduce the amount of GHG in the atmosphere. The captured gases are used to produce electricity.

In the base year 2020, Ascenty invested around half a million reais to reduce GHG emissions to zero. “It’s not just the fact that it’s a carbon neutral company, but the values are embraced by all employees about a conscious attitude towards the rational use of inputs, and they start to behave this way at home as well, in activities that are compatible with our corporate culture,” concludes Trimarco.

About Ascenty

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, is the largest connectivity and data center service provider in Latin America, currently managing 27 data centers in operation and/or construction in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, interconnected by 5,000 km of proprietary fiber-optic network. The company was established in 2010 and builds and operates world-class data centers serving the world’s largest cloud and technology providers, as well as other customers in the finance, retail, industrial, healthcare and service industries. To support its expansion, Ascenty relies on its shareholders – Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a Canadian asset management company, and Digital Realty, the world’s largest data center company, with 290 units located in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. To learn more about Ascenty, go to: http://www.ascenty.com

Partnership between Ascenty and Noroestecom boosts data transmission in the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso do Sul and Paraná

Contract between Latin America’s leading data center company, Ascenty, and its partner Noroestecom, expands the performance, connectivity and security of its customers and increases the range of products offered

Ascenty, leader of the Colocation market in Latin America – with 27 dedicated data centers in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, 17 in operation and 10 under construction –, announced a new partnership with its client Noroestecom, a telecommunications company that offers high-capacity, broad coverage transport network infrastructure solutions in the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso do Sul and Paraná.

Started in October, the partnership improves Noroestecom’s resilience in the provision of telecommunications services with support from two Ascenty data centers – one in Campinas and another one in Osasco. “There are gains in performance, connectivity and security, as our connection between Campinas and Barueri is now 100% via optical fiber cables laid underground along the Anhanguera and Bandeirantes highways, in a modern, monitored network providing a high level of quality and availability,” says Ricardo Adenes, director of Noroestecom.

The agreement also benefits Ascenty’s customers, who now have more than 3,000 km of optical network across more than 50 cities in São Paulo, connecting to cities in the states of Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso do Sul and Paraná. With more options for data transmission lines, the greater the scalability, resilience and quality of connections.

“This partnership is very valuable to Ascenty’s clients. With the reach of Noroestecom, our clients will be able to connect to the main global public clouds, in addition to offering a better user experience due to the low latency and resilience of services,” says Vinícius Minetto, Sales Director at Ascenty.

About Noroestecom

Noroestecom (NRT) is a neutral company in the telecommunications market, focused on enabling transport network infrastructure solutions with high capacity (Backbone) and large capillarity (Access) with high reliability, ensuring scalability, availability and quality of service. Noroestecom started as a Multimedia Communication Services (MCS) provider in the state of São Paulo, serving the ISP, Carrier, Corporate and Business segments, with a wide range of products (Erased Fiber, Lan2Lan, Dedicated Link, Broadband Link). For more information, please go to the site.

About Ascenty

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, is the largest connectivity and data center service provider in Latin America, currently managing 27 data centers in operation and/or construction in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, interconnected by 5,000 km of proprietary fiber-optic network. The company was established in 2010 and builds and operates world-class data centers serving the world’s largest cloud and technology providers, as well as other customers in the finance, retail, industrial, healthcare and service industries. To support its expansion, Ascenty relies on its shareholders – Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a Canadian asset management company, and Digital Realty, the world’s largest data center company, with 290 units located in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. To learn more about Ascenty, go to the site.

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Partnership between Think IT and Ascenty opens up new business opportunities in the digital environment for companies of all sizes

Agreement between companies diversifies strategic solutions for corporate growth in the digital environment

Ascenty, leader of the Colocation market in Latin America – with 27 dedicated data centers in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, 17 in operation and 10 under construction –, announced a new partnership with Think IT, a company specialized in IT infrastructure services, such as Cybersercurity, Cloud, CDN and Outsorcing for companies from different segments.

Benefitting all clients based on Brazilian territory, the deal closed in July this year opens up new possibilities in terms of solutions for corporations looking to migrate or innovate their operations in the digital environment with security and high performance. Through the integration with NAP Brazil (Network Access Point), with 5,000 km of dedicated fiber-optic cabling interconnecting all of its data centers, Ascenty offers a data traffic connection latency of up to 2 milliseconds – 15% lower than the Brazilian market’s average rate.

“This partnership allows us to offer end-to-end cloud solutions, since most clients rarely migrate 100% of applications to the cloud, Ascenty’s interconnection allows us to deliver a complete portfolio of technologies, based on a first-rate data center that guarantees stable and seamless operations for any business needs. Beyond 24/7 infrastructure management, we offer operational excellence, scalability, high performance and digital security,” said Constantino Iliadis, VP of Think IT.

For Ascenty, broadens even more the range of opportunities available to more than 350 clients in Latin America who use its data centers. “Once interconnected to our data centers, companies will be able to use Think IT’s excellence technology services, bolstering our business environment for companies of all sizes, especially for the concept of hybrid environments,” said Vinícius Minetto, Sales Director at Ascenty.

About Think IT

Think IT is a company focused on specialized IT infrastructure solutions and services. Established in 2006, the company operates across the main technology verticals, such as Cybersecurity, Cloud, CDN, Outsourcing and Hardware, servicing clients across a range of segments in Brazil and abroad. By handling companies’ IT environment management, through a customized and seamless journey, Think IT delivers an experience focused on boosting productivity and integrity of business, giving leaders more time to dedicate exclusively to boosting their corporate results.

About Ascenty

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, is the largest connectivity and data center service provider in Latin America, currently managing 27 data centers in operation and/or construction in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, interconnected by 5,000 km of proprietary fiber-optic network. The company was established in 2010 and builds and operates world-class data centers serving the world’s largest cloud and technology providers, as well as other customers in the finance, retail, industrial, healthcare and service industries. To support its expansion, Ascenty relies on its shareholders – Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a Canadian asset management company, and Digital Realty, the world’s largest data center company, with 290 units located in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. To learn more about Ascenty, go to: http://www.ascenty.com

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With ten construction projects across three countries in the midst of the pandemic, Ascenty is recognized for excellence in occupational health and safety

Latin America’s Colocation market leader expands operations while achieving superior workplace safety performance

With 27 dedicated data centers in Brazil, Chile and Mexico – 17 in operation and 10 under construction –, Ascenty, Latin America’s Colocation market leader, has been recognized for its excellence in occupational health and safety. Even during the most difficult days of the Covid-19 pandemic, the company kept its expansion plans on track to meet the increased demand for digital services, while taking all precautions necessary to ensure the safety its employees.

Carrying out 10 projects in three different countries while maintaining the quality of our services amid increased demand, in a 24/7 operation, is in itself challenging. With the risks of contamination by the new coronavirus, Ascenty had to invest heavily in the best workplace safety practices to preserve the company’s core value, which is the health of its people.

In this context, Ascenty created the Occupational Safety Department about a year ago, and put it under the leadership of José Carlos Queiroz, an executive with decades of experience in the field in companies such as IBM and Ericsson. “The first step was to reduce the number of professionals working simultaneously and readjust the deadlines for completing the projects based on social distancing mandates,” Queiroz said. “We went beyond labor law requirements and health authority recommendations. Today, we have approximately 3,500 workers on construction sites with the goal of zero accidents. Also, 98% of our employees have received at least the first dose of the Covid vaccine, and we want to push that number up to 100% by October,” he added.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Ascenty has carried out weekly testing for COVID-19 to a sample of 20% of construction site worker, its 350 employees, as well as suppliers and customers who visit the construction sites. If we see an increase in the number of cases – mostly due to spread outside the workplace –, all employees, suppliers and visitors are tested immediately. We have already conducted such mass testing at construction sites in Mexico, Rio de Janeiro and Hortolândia.

Other precautions that we have taken to stop the spread of the virus include self-checking thermometers and hand sanitizer stations were installed at the entrance to construction sites and at all Ascenty facilities. Surgical masks are also available for anyone accessing the premises.

“Our first concern is with our associates and suppliers. That’s why we have adopted a 360-degree perspective on how to make the workplace environment as safe as possible, especially during the pandemic,” Queiroz said.

Another important step was to install fully equipped first aid stations at construction sites. The stations are equipped with defibrillators, stretchers, blood pressure monitors, thermometers, masks and oxygen canisters, scales and medication, and workers have a doctor and two nurses ready to assist them at all times. This ensures that employees can receive immediate assistance in case of an accident, in addition to helping to identify possible Covid symptoms at an early stage.

We are also working to conduct periodic training and distribute informational material on occupational health and safety. One example of that was a webinar we held in August, titled “The importance of the COVID-19 vaccine,” with Dr. Tufi Chalita, an infectious disease specialist, to answer general questions about high-risk behaviors for COVID-19 infection. Circular letters, posters, videos accessible by QR Codes and brochures with health and safety information complement the minimum risk environment for employees.

Currently, the company plans to achieve ISO 45001 (International Standard for Occupational Health and Safety) certification by December. In addition to having all its facilities rated Tier III – representing the data centers with the highest uptime in the market –, Ascenty has earned more than 100 certifications for its standards of excellence in environmental management, corporate social responsibility, and occupational health and safety.

About Ascenty

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, is the largest connectivity and data center service provider in Latin America, currently managing 27 data centers in operation and/or construction in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, interconnected by 5,000 km of proprietary fiber-optic network. The company was established in 2010 and builds and operates world-class data centers serving the world’s largest cloud and technology providers, as well as other customers in the finance, retail, industrial, healthcare and service industries. To support its expansion, Ascenty relies on its shareholders – Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a Canadian asset management company, and Digital Realty, the world’s largest data center company, with 290 units located in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. To learn more about Ascenty, go tohttp://www.ascenty.com

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Ascenty offers three connection points in distinct locations with Google Cloud in São Paulo

Ascenty is delivering a data exchange latency of up to 2 milliseconds, 15% below the Brazilian market average

Ascenty, a leader in the Colocation market in Latin America, with 27 data centers distributed across Brazil, Chile and Mexico, now offers a secure, private and direct access point to the Google Cloud global network from its São Paulo data center campus that became a Google Cloud Interconnect connection location.  

This ranks Ascenty as the one of the only companies currently offering Google Cloud access across all Google Cloud’s interconnect locations in São Paulo state.

The three connections points are made possible by direct integration with Google Cloud’s Partner Interconnect, a service that allows customers to connect to Google Cloud’s global platform.

Another unique feature is that clients are not required to host their servers in Ascenty’s data centers to access Google Cloud. The connection points are available even to companies with data allocated in other structures, including private (on premises), hybrid and public cloud. The connectivity latency is similar across all solutions available, with Ascenty delivering a data exchange latency of up to 2 milliseconds, 15% below the Brazilian market average. For clients that do not have a backbone allocated to any of Ascenty’s data centers, the farther they are from these access points in São Paulo, the higher the latency.

Another benefit to Google Cloud customers relates to peering https://cloud.google.com/network-connectivity/docs/how-to/choose-product#g-suite, which is the integration of traffic exchange between end users and content creators online. The private connection with Google Cloud, which handles a massive amount of data in video, streaming and social media, among other contents, ultimately generates cost savings and ensures superior service quality for internet providers.

“We deliver exactly what our clients need based on the specific stage of the digital transformation each of them is going through. In other words, we act as facilitators of the cloud migration process, working alongside our clients to outline a gradual strategic plan for digital transformation, mitigating eventual setbacks caused by an unplanned digital acceleration process,” said Vinícius Minetto, Director of Sales at Ascenty.

Breaking down the business benefits

By connecting directly to the Google Cloud network, Ascenty clients benefit from the ability to create and host digital business applications in the highly scalable and reliable infrastructure of Google Cloud. 

Direct access to Google Cloud also offers major cost benefits for outgoing traffic between Google Cloud’s private virtual cloud and clients’ local IT resources, ultimately boosting the potential of hybrid solutions. 

In addition, easy API (Application Programming Interface) between the clients infrastructure and Google Cloud streamlines the management of essential services.

The integration with NAP Brasil (Network Access Point), with 5,000 km of dedicated fiber-optic cabling network interconnecting all of Ascenty’s 27 data centers, further broadens business development possibilities to approximately 350 clients across Latin America.

In addition, Ascenty’s partners also rely on the expertise of its shareholder companies: Digital Realty, the world’s largest data center company, with 290 units located in America, Europe, Asia and Oceania; and Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, Canadian asset manager with solid experience in the Brazilian market.

About Ascenty

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, is the largest data center and connectivity service provider in Latin America, currently featuring 27 data centers in operation and/or under construction in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, interconnected by 5,000 km of dedicated fiber-optic network. The company was established in 2010, building and operating world-class data centers to serve the world’s top technology and cloud service providers, in addition to clients from the financial, retail, manufacturing, health and service integration industries. To support its expansion, Ascenty relies on its shareholders – Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a Canadian asset management company, and Digital Realty, the world’s largest data center company, with 290 units located in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. To learn more about Ascenty, go to: ascenty.com

Ascenty is the absolute leader of Brazil’s Colocation Quadrant in the ISG Provider Lens™ report for the second year in a row

Report from Information Services Group, a leading global technology research and advisory firm, confirms that Ascenty delivers unparalleled, world-class data centers for the most demanding markets

– Ascenty, a company with 27 proprietary data centers in Brazil, Chile and Mexico – 17 in operation and 10 under construction –, was ranked the Brazilian leader in the Colocation Services Quadrant of the ISG Provider Lens™ report for the second consecutive year. The 2021 independent survey of the Information Services Group (ISG), a global technology research and consulting firm, confirmed that Ascenty “delivers world-class data centers to the most demanding markets in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro” and offers “consistent services” with “high customer satisfaction and retention rates.”

Ascenty’s leadership ranking in the report attests to its highly attractive product and service offering, very strong competitive position, and the fact that it fulfills all requirements to ensure successful operations in the marketplace. The report also regards the data center provider as opinion leader for “strategically leveraging the market” and ensuring “innovative stability and resilience.”

“Our focus has always been and will continue to be to deliver service excellence to our customers. We believe that naturally leads to growth and success. We’re very proud of this recognition as leaders in Colocation, because it underlines all of the hard work of Ascenty’s entire team in the market,” said Roberto Rio Branco, VP of Marketing and Institutional Relations.

Read full excerpts of the ISG report with an analysis of the overall performance and strengths of Ascenty, justifying the company’s leading position in the market:

Overview:

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, has 27 data centers in Brazil, Chile and Mexico. The company’s 5,000-km fiber optic network interconnects these facilities and many customers. Digital Realty has incorporated more than 290 data centers across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The company has been operating in Brazil since 2010, offering the largest colocation area in the country. Ascenty announced plans to further expand its operations in South America.

Strengths :

Continuous development plan: Ascenty constantly invests to broaden its infrastructure capacity. The company is building seven data centers in Brazil and three abroad. Since 2017, it has invested more than USD 30 million (BRL 150 million) to add 1,080 km (670 miles) of underground fiber network, connecting 22 cities across the states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Ascenty’s proprietary fiber network offers “last mile” data center connectivity and direct connection to underwater cables to ensure global coverage.

World-class data centers: All of Ascenty’s data centers strictly comply with global standards, including Tier III, TR3 TÜV Rheinland, SOC, ISO 27001, ISO 20000, PCI-DDS, ISO 14001, ISO 37001 and ISO 50001. All facilities are carrier-neutral. Ascenty’s Cloud Connect offers high-speed connectivity to AWS, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, IBM Cloud and Google Cloud Platform.

Advanced service levels: Ascenty offers up to 100% contracted availability and service execution response time. Ascenty Internet Connectivity Exchange (AICX) is a service platform that enables customers to help ISPs and corporate customers access content networks across their infrastructure, offering private and secure connections between content providers and customers.

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About Ascenty

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, is the largest data center and connectivity service provider in Latin America, currently featuring 27 data centers in operation and/or under construction in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, interconnected by 5,000 km of dedicated fiber-optic network. The company was established in 2010, building and operating world-class data centers to serve the world’s top technology and cloud service providers, in addition to clients from the financial, retail, manufacturing, health and service integration industries. To support its expansion, Ascenty relies on its shareholders – Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a Canadian asset management company, and Digital Realty, the world’s largest data center company, with 290 units located in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. To learn more about Ascenty, go tohttp://www.ascenty.com

About ISG

ISG (Information Services Group) (Nasdaq: III) is a leading global technology research and advisory firm. A trusted business partner to more than 700 clients, including more than 75 of the world’s top 100 enterprises, ISG is committed to helping corporations, public sector organizations, and service and technology providers achieve operational excellence and faster growth. The firm specializes in digital transformation services, including automation, cloud and data analytics; sourcing advisory; managed governance and risk services; telecommunication, strategy and operations design services; change management; market intelligence and technology research and analysis. Established in 2006 and based in Stamford, Connecticut, ISG employs more than 1,300 digital-ready professionals operating in more than 20 countries – a global team known for its innovative thinking, market influence, extensive technology and industry know-how, and world-class research and resources based on the industry’s most comprehensive marketplace data. Go to www.isg-one.com to learn more.

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Seaborn Provides High Capacity International Connectivity to Ascenty Data Centers in Brazil

Seaborn Networks (“Seaborn”), a leading developer-owner-operator of submarine fiber optic cable systems, and Ascenty, the largest data center and connectivity service provider in Latin America, announce today that Seaborn’s most reliable international fiber network is connecting Ascenty’s São Paulo and Vinhedo Data Centers in Brazil to the United States. 

“Our customers at São Paulo and Vinhedo Data Center campuses require low-latency, high-capacity interconnection between their data center operations and North America,” states Marcos Siqueira, Vice President of Operations at Ascenty. “Seaborn is providing our connectivity ecosystem. We are excited because we know that Seaborn offers us an IP transport network, and seamless and robust access to internet exchanges that are strategic for our customers who rely on international traffic.”

Ascenty is linked to Seaborn’s Seabras-1 submarine cable that offers a lower latency POP than any other current system, which is a competitive advantage for its customers. This partnership is connecting more than 350 customers in Ascenty’s data centers that serve content providers, e-commerce and public cloud processing companies, and corporations in the financial sectors.

“We recognize the critical need for enterprise services to have high capacity, resilient and low-latency connectivity. Our network was built with this in mind, providing high availability capacity to customers with ever-changing bandwidth needs,” comments Michel Marcelino, Senior Vice President and Head of Latin America of Seaborn. “Expanding our services to Ascenty’s Data Center campuses provides its customers access to our industry-leading IP network, offering consistent local and global connectivity via our subsea cable.”

About Seaborn

Seaborn addresses global communications needs across the Americas delivering wavelength, Ethernet private line and IP services. Unique among independent cable operators, Seaborn fully operates and maintains its submarine and terrestrial cable infrastructure. POPs, terrestrial backhaul, landing stations and subsea cable are all under Seaborn’s control. The Seaborn management team has designed, built, and operated more subsea cable systems than any other telecom management team including over 75 landing stations, 250 global POPs, and 250,000 km of subsea fiber optic cable. Visit www.seabornnetworks.com for more information or follow us on LinkedIn.

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About Ascenty

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, is the largest connectivity and data center service provider in Latin America, currently managing 27 data centers in operation and/or construction in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, interconnected by 5,000 km of proprietary fiber-optic network. The company was established in 2010 and builds and operates world-class data centers serving the world’s largest cloud and technology providers, as well as other customers in the finance, retail, industrial, healthcare and service industries. To support the company’s expansion, Ascenty is backed by its shareholders which include Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a Canadian asset management company and Digital Realty, the world’s largest data centers provider with 280 data centers located in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. To learn more about Ascenty, go to: http://www.ascenty.com

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Ascenty kicks off the construction of five more data centers in Brazil

In full-fledged expansion, the largest data center company in Latin America just announced the approval of a new credit facility of USD 925 million to expand its operations.

Ascenty, the largest provider of Data Center services in Latin America, announced the initiation of the construction of five new data centers, now totaling 27 units distributed across Brazil, Chile and Mexico.

The new facilities are Hortolândia 5 and 6, and Sumaré 3, 4 and 5, in the state of São Paulo, with energy capacity of approximately 25 MW each. Ascenty already has anchor clients contracted in each unit.

With a total capital investment of USD 250 million, the new data centers are being built in campuses where the company already operates. “Our strategy of building a data center campus is very positive, not only in terms of cost efficiencies and concentrating the workforce, but also in meeting our clients’ expansion needs at these sites,” said Marcos Siqueira, Ascenty’s VP of Operations.

The company continues to rely on equity investments from its shareholders; Digital Realty, the world’s largest data center network, with 280 data centers based in America, Europe, Asia and Oceania, and Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a Canadian asset management firm with solid experience in the Brazilian market.

Of the company’s new data centers, Hortolândia 5 and Sumaré 3 are expected to go live in the first half of 2022; Hortolândia 6 and Sumaré 4 in the 1st half of 2023; and Sumaré 5 in 2024.

New funding

Ascenty also announced a new credit facility of USD 925 million to accelerate its operations in Brazil.

This new capital is to be used to expand existing data centers and build new ones in the Brazilian market, besides expanding the proprietary fiber-optic network, which currently covers 5,000 km and interconnects all of the company’s data centers to the submarine cable stations in Praia Grande (SP), Fortaleza and Rio de Janeiro.

The new credit facility was arranged and led by Citibank, ING, Itaú, Natixis, and Scotia Bank, and it also included the following additional lenders: Banco do Brasil, BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole, Deutsche Bank, EDC and SMBC.

“The services for data center services in Brazil continues to grow rapidly and we are increasing our investments in the country to keep up with the robust demand” said Chris Torto, CEO of Ascenty.

About Ascenty

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, is the largest connectivity and data center service provider in Latin America, currently managing 27 data centers in operation and/or construction in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, interconnected by 5,000 km of proprietary fiber-optic network. The company was established in 2010 and builds and operates world-class data centers serving the world’s largest cloud and technology providers, as well as other customers in the finance, retail, industrial, healthcare and service industries. To support the company’s expansion, Ascenty is backed by its shareholders which include Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a Canadian asset management company and Digital Realty, the world’s largest data centers provider with 280 data centers located in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. To learn more about Ascenty, go to: http://www.ascenty.com

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TIER Classification: learn about its importance for Data Centers

What do you take into account when hiring a data center service for your business? If TIER Classification is at the top of your list, you can be sure it will be a great investment.

After all, interconnection between resources and digital environments is one of the requirements for companies seeking success. A robust and available data infrastructure which ensures information security and high performance is crucial.

However, the search for a data center provider that delivers that has to look beyond cost. The company must follow rigorous international standards, capable of validating and measuring its quality of service.

And this is exactly what TIER Classification provides, a label that lets your company know exactly what the provider can deliver. So, before investing in a data center, it’s essential to understand more about TIER Classification. This content covers everything on the topic. Ready to learn more?

TIER Classification: what is it?

TIER Classification is a type of certification that aims to validate the performance and reliability of data center infrastructures. It’s a system created more than 25 years ago and still being currently applied by the Uptime Institute.

The set of guidelines (ANSI/TIA/EIA-942) defines mechanical, electrical, architectural, and communication parameters for the optimal performance of data centers.

The TIER classification is independent of size, and rates aspects such as availability and performance to help companies direct their investments. Thus, once you know the TIER classification of providers, you can have a quick idea of what they can deliver — that is, whether or not they are able to meet your demands.

It’s worth mentioning that “tier” is a word with English origins, meaning “layer” or “level.” Thus, the TIER Classification has different levels of certification: TIER I, TIER II, TIER III, and TIER IV.

Uptime Institute lists some of the most critical points to be assessed:

Performance based: the project must meet the requirements of availability, redundancy, and fault tolerance.

Technology Neutral: the TIER Classification does not require or rely upon standard technologies, remaining open to innovation.

Supplier independence: there is no relationship or dependency between the institute and suppliers.

Flexible: the company is free to comply with local guidelines.

Life cycle: certification seeks to validate all data center requirements.

Certification: certification is independent, provided by expert engineers.

Naturally, the higher the TIER, the more robust the data center infrastructure.

How the TIER classification system works

Only the Uptime Institute can be consulted for a TIER Classification, and it is the only institution authorized to issue certificates. Therefore, there are very strict controls in place, based on international guidelines and standards.

There is no specific regulatory standard applicable to TIER Classification in Brazil, but the system is used together with some other regulations (such as NBR 5410, NBR 15247, NBR 27002, and NBR 11515).

TIER I

TIER I is the simplest of the Classification levels.

Here, the company is certified to operate servers that follow basic compliance criteria, with no redundant components. It has an air conditioning system, as well as electrical distribution subsystems.

At TIER I, the infrastructure has availability to process about 99.671% of applications. It faces up to 28.8 hours of downtime per year. In addition, it must be completely shut down annually once a year for preventive and corrective maintenance.

TIER II

TIER II automatically meets the above requirements.

It’s worth mentioning that this is a certificate that validates the presence of a partially redundant infrastructure. It’s more aimed at small businesses, whose infrastructure does not work beyond business hours — and does not need online support.

At TIER II, the annual availability is about 99.749%. Thus, there can be up to 22 hours of downtime each year.

TIER III

In addition to fulfilling all the requirements of the levels above, TIER III is totally redundant.

It’s the ideal choice for modern companies that operate at all times and need constant support for their technological tools and automation solutions. Tolerated downtime is only 1.6 hours each year, because its availability must be at 99.98%.

One detail is that TIER III infrastructures cannot be located beyond a 1-mile radius from airports.

TIER IV

TIER IV is the last classification (which also meets all previous requirements). Its main characteristic is robustness: it continues to operate even if its system or one of its elements fail.

In addition to redundancy, there must be several electrical systems and subsystems operating simultaneously. It’s fitting for multinational companies, with operations that require uninterrupted care.

An example of organizations that would be interested in this Tier are the large credit card operators.

Its availability must be 99.999%, and tolerated downtime is only 26 minutes each year.

Ascenty Data Centers: Tier III classification at your disposal

Throughout Latin America, not only in Brazil, companies are increasingly looking for reliable providers. In order to make sure that your data center investment will pay off, you need robust technology to ensure availability and quality.

That is why Ascenty has worked hard to earn its TIER III classification. That’s right: the infrastructure of Latin America’s largest data center company also meets the leading quality requirements.

According to the Uptime Institute, Ascenty offers 99.982% availability at its data centers.

However, internally, the company guarantees 100% for infrastructure. There are multiple and independent distribution paths to the IT equipment.

In addition, the IT equipment is dual-fed, compatible with the site topology. The construction quality of Ascenty’s data centers is impressive, as the company aims to stand out from its competitors.

The goal is to offer cutting-edge solutions, ensuring high levels of connectivity and interconnection. As a result, your business will grow supported by high-quality resources, tools and infrastructure.

Why not find out how Ascenty can help your company to establish the best data and connection infrastructure? Talk to one of our experts!

PCI DSS certification: why it’s important for the financial sector

Nowadays, protecting data is a must for any company. A necessity that becomes greater every day. In some areas such as the financial sector, this is even more relevant. After all, the data and information are sensitive and extremely important. To ensure this high level of protection is why PCI DSS Certification exists.

Are you familiar with this certification?

For the financial sector, it’s essential on several levels: it involves and aligns all those involved in the transit of banking data. In other words, every company that acts as an intermediary between consumers and their purchases, whether in person or online.

Today, the PCI DSS Certification is uniquely important around the world. How about understanding more about it, its requirements, and its importance? Keep reading!

PCI DSS Certification: what is it?

The PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry – Data Security Standard) Certification is an industry standard for securing credit card use. Thus, PCI DSS Certification is nothing more than an international guideline which aims to establish good practices and standardized rules for card transactions.

It’s a security standard that must be followed and submitted to audits from time to time. The PDI CSS Certification is applicable in both in person and digital payment situations.

This certification was developed by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council, a kind of association of giant operators (such as Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and other companies).

The aim is to assess security conditions and establish a minimally safe ground for your cards (and therefore your clients’ data) to be used.

What are the requirements for a company to obtain the PCI DSS certification?

The PCI DSS Certification has some predefined requirements to establish the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. There are 12 requirements, divided into 6 objectives. Check the table:

These requirements are applicable on a very broad scale within the financial industry. Thus, all companies involved in the processing of credit card data must follow these standards.

Want to know in which sectors these companies work? Take a look:

The latter are included because they can be involved in the process of transmitting, processing or storing a credit card number during business transactions. Therefore, for the correct credit card number processing to happen, these requirements must be followed!

The importance of having a PCI DSS certified partner

For e-commerce platforms, identifying a PCI DSS Certification is the first step towards looking for a good payment processor. This set of requirements constitutes a basic (and expected) layer of security that all commerce and stores rely on. It’s the minimum to ensure safe sales and tranquility for consumers.

If your company works in the financial sector, in any of the layers involved in such process, having PCI DSS certified partners is a great guarantee. However, the certification being popular doesn’t mean it’s always followed. And this can lead to a series of problems and suspicions.

In fact, Verizon’s “2020 Payment Security Report” study collected some alarming data. About only 27.8% of companies were able to maintain compliance with PCI DSS Certification guidelines in 2020. That’s a drop of 8.8% when compared to 2019.

In other words, a clear sign that many companies have yet to align themselves with current required security guidelines. This may express that, among other things, these companies are not following other guidelines, such as LGPD itself.

However, your company knows: with partners who are not committed to the safety of your data, it’s hard to grow and expand. So, when it comes to choosing a company, look for a PCI DSS Certified partner!

Ascenty, the largest data center company in Latin America, is PCI DSS certified!

With its wide infrastructure, it serves the big players of the financial market. The demand level is high and the need for security when each transaction is performed is extremely high. That is why the company invests in shielding, so that its clients can operate peacefully.

Want to know more about how Ascenty can help your company stand out and grow — with maximum security? Talk to one of our experts!

Ascenty and Ativy team up to expand Cloud Computing services

According to the ISG, the Brazilian Cloud Computing market grew by 30% in 2019, and the COVID-19 pandemic further sharpened this trend.

Ascenty – with 22 dedicated data centers in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, 17 in operation and five under construction –, and Ativy, a Brazilian Cloud Computing and information technology service company, have expanded their partnership to offer digital services at scale.

The Cloud Computing market is one of the fastest growing segments in recent years. To help support this growth, Ativy broadened its infrastructure with Ascenty to guarantee greater stability, robustness and scalability to its clients.

From now on, Ascenty’s infrastructure users can also acquire Ativy’s services to boost interconnection. This will ensure clients can continue their journey into the Cloud without any major concerns with system integrations, in addition to having infrastructure, big data and cyber security services at their disposal. On the other hand, Ativy clients will also be able to migrate to Ascenty’s data centers, which already features 22 dedicated units in Brazil, Chile and Mexico – 17 in operation and five under construction.

According to Tiago Garbim, Ativy’s founder and CEO, the company has been growing significantly in recent years, mainly due to the need for companies to adapt to the digital transformation trend and, more recently, driven by the offer of SAP Cloud services. The operation grew 137% in 2020 and the company expects to repeat this triple-digit performance this year: “It is time to speed things up. Companies must quickly adapt to our current reality,” he said. Established in 2012 in the city of Campinas, Ativy works with ERP systems in the cloud and serves more than 2,000 clients.

For Marcos Siqueira, VP of Operations at Ascenty, the partnership will allow Ascenty’s clients to rely on the best cloud migration services, especially for ERPs: “Ascenty is very clearly focused on offering the best Connectivity and Data Center infrastructure services to the market. Having companies like Ativy in our client base allows us to offer clients from both companies the possibility of doing business with specialized enterprises, easily integrating services and assuring the security and availability of applications.”

The partnership is also expected to follow the expansion of both companies in Latin America. Riding an exponential growth wave for the last decade in Brazil, Ascenty opened its first data center outside the country in 2020, in Chile, and is already building three other units in Chile and Mexico. Ativy also kicked off its internationalization process in the same year, beginning its operations in Mexico. For 2021, the planned strategy includes expanding to the entire Southern Cone as well as Europe: “We’ll be able to bring joint offers to these markets as well,” said Siqueira.

About Ascenty

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, is the largest data center and connectivity service provider in Latin America, currently featuring 22 units in operation and/or under construction in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, interconnected by 4,500 km of dedicated fiber optic network. The company was established in 2010 and works in building and operating world-class data centers, with robust structures and cutting-edge technology, serving cloud and general tech service providers, among other clients in the finance, retail and service integration segments, as well as other industries. To supports its expansion project, since 2018 Ascenty has been backed by strategic investment by Brookfield – one of the largest asset managers in Brazil in the infrastructure and private equity segments. And, with Digital Realty, the conglomerate adds even more expertise to performance by joining the world’s largest data center network, with more than 260 units across North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. To learn more about Ascenty, go to: http://www.ascenty.com

About Ativy

Ativy is a Brazilian company specialized in Cloud Computing and IT Outsourcing with 8 years of experience in the technology market. Offering custom solutions in cloud, cyber security, ERP and Outsourcing, Ativy is now heavily expanding its operations across Latin America and Europe, serving more than 15,000 users from the industrial, education, agriculture, and food & service industries. In the last three years, Ativy took the lead by offering a proprietary high-performance Cloud Computing platform hosted in TIERIII data centers. It is one of the main cloud providers in the Brazilian market, specialized in managing the entire IT environment, covering the entire infrastructure layer and support, offering solutions that add direct value to the client’s business.

To learn more about Ativy, go to www.ativy.com

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Ascenty invests BRL 150 million to bury its fiber optic network underground

The investment covers the regions of Campinas, Vinhedo, São Paulo, Praia Grande and Rio de Janeiro, covering a world-class network system in terms of resilience, availability, security and low latency

Ranked as the leader of the Colocation market in Latin America, with 22 dedicated data centers in Brazil, Chile and Mexico – 17 in operation and five under construction –, and a network stretching for 4,500 km, Ascenty continues to invest in the project to bury its fiber optic network to cover the regions of Campinas, São Paulo, Praia Grande and Rio de Janeiro.

The program kicked off in 2017 and expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2021 amasses investments in the order of BRL 150 million to cover all 1,080 km of underground network connecting 22 cities: Barueri; Campinas; Caieiras; Cajamar; Cubatão; Diadema; Hortolândia; Itupeva; Jundiaí; Louveira; Osasco; Paulínia; Praia Grande; Rio de Janeiro Capital; Santana de Parnaíba; Santos; São Bernardo do Campo; São Paulo Capital; São Vicente; Sumaré; Valinhos; and Vinhedo.

The project is part of Ascenty’s strategy to specialize in the segment of world-class data centers. The underground fiber optic network connects the company’s data centers to submarine cable stations, enabling connectivity excellence by mitigating communication latency, in addition to ensuring superior resilience and availability to Ascenty’s clients.

The underground network’s expansion also allows companies allocated across all of Ascenty’s data centers to integrate their businesses to the new NAP Brazil (Network Access Point), Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and major cloud providers, among several other companies. This opens up a new range of interconnection possibilities with services and content stored in the company’s data centers, which currently host  350 global clients operating in Latin America.

“We continue to heavily invest in the underground network between our data centers to ensure our clients, no matter where they’re hosted, have the possibility and peace-of-mind of knowing that they always have the best possible connections,” said Marcos Siqueira, Ascenty’s VP of Operations.

About Ascenty

Ascenty, a Digital Realty and Brookfield company, is the largest data center and connectivity service provider in Latin America, currently featuring 22 units in operation and/or under construction in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, interconnected by 4,500 km of dedicated fiber optic network. The company was established in 2010 and works in building and operating world-class data centers, with robust structures and cutting-edge technology, serving cloud and general tech service providers, among other clients in the finance, retail and service integration segments, as well as other industries. To supports its expansion project, since 2018 Ascenty has been backed by strategic investment by Brookfield – one of the largest asset managers in Brazil in the infrastructure and private equity segments. And, with Digital Realty, the conglomerate adds even more expertise to performance by joining the world’s largest data center network, with more than 260 units across North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. To learn more about Ascenty, go to: http://www.ascenty.com

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Ascenty spearheads the Colocation market in Latin America, according to Frost & Sullivan study

Resultados do estudo recente posicionam a empresa brasileira de data centers com aproximadamente um terço da participação no mercado latino-americano em capacidade total de energia e área de piso elevado

No Brasil, a companhia possui quase metade do market share em capacidade total de energia

A Ascenty, com 22 data centers próprios no Brasil, Chile e México, sendo 17 em operação e cinco em construção, é líder em capacidade total de energia e área de piso elevado no mercado de Colocation da América Latina. A conclusão é do estudo recente intitulado “Análise do Mercado Latino-Americano de Serviços de Data Centers – Previsão para 2024”, publicado em novembro pela Frost & Sullivan, consultoria de negócios especializada em análise de mercado, e licenciado pela Ascenty. Os países analisados no levantamento são Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colômbia, México e todos os demais países que compõem a América Latina.

Na análise sobre os centros de processamento de dados para hospedagem de servidores empresariais na América Latina, em operação e construção, a Ascenty lidera com 30,1% de participação na capacidade total de energia da região, que foi de 1.050 MW no primeiro semestre de 2020. O consumo energético é um dos principais indicadores de aferição do uso de um data center.

Já no Brasil, que concentra 41,8% da capacidade total de energia da América Latina, com 438 MW, a participação de mercado da Ascenty é de 48,5%. Quanto à área de piso elevado, a Ascenty também lidera com folga. Suas instalações ocupam 38% dos 574 mil metros quadrados disponíveis em toda a América Latina.

Por fim, em relação aos data centers sendo erguidos entre 2020 e 2022, a Ascenty apresenta a maior expansão. Em três anos, a empresa irá concluir a construção de seis unidades que somam 125 MW, três no Brasil, um no Chile e dois no México.

“Temos cerca de um terço do mercado na América Latina com quatro países no foco atual de nossa estratégia de expansão: Brasil, Chile, México e estamos estudando nossa entrada na Colômbia”, afirma Chris Torto, CEO da Ascenty. “Nossa visão é a mesma de nossos clientes que desejam avançar para outros países, por isso fazemos investimentos constantes em equipe e tecnologia para expandir no sentido de sempre oferecer unidades próximas de empresas e usuários, a fim de manter a excelência na qualidade de conexão e menor latência do setor”.

Para conferir os dados do estudo recente sobre o mercado latino-americano de serviços de data centers, acesse https://conteudo.ascenty.com/infografico_frost_sullivan.

TW Solutions

TW Solutions is a Telecom company with a focus on voice and virtual PBX, Customer Hotlines, Call Centers and voice solutions for corporate customers.

Business challenge

The company faced the challenge of looking for a partner with Tier 3 certified infrastructure, as it was experiencing downtime issues and constant instability in the environment hosted at a competing data center. TW Solutions businesses cannot be down, so availability is a major strategic factor for the company.

Solution

We made a simple starting offer, Colocation with 25 Mbps of IP bandwidth. At first, our differential was the quick response by our sales team, we closed and signed the deal after one day of conversations, and we continued to delight with our activation, delivery and support.

Result

With the agreement, TW Solutions gained stability and confidence in its environment, which are passed along to its customers by extension. In 6 months, he visited the Data Center only once during activation and experienced no instability, which is why he will migrate their entire environment to Ascenty.

Testimonial

“What I like most about Ascenty is actually the entire set of benefits they offer. Easy access to activate smart hands services, easy-to-handle emergency activities and a structured process for visiting the data center, in addition to excellent service stability, of course – it has never been down since we acquired the service. These are the reasons why I am 100% satisfied with Ascenty’s services, including their sales support, design and technical implementation.

The first time I went to the Data Center, the receptionist took me to the door to our rack, this is a huge difference maker. I would definitely recommend Ascenty to colleagues. It is a very reliable company, committed to supporting its customers’ operations, and it values service stability and having an agile team that is always focused on the customer’s business, without any of the bureaucracy you usually find in the market.”

Lucas Lobo – Information Technology Coordinator

Vianet Telecom

As a Telecom operator and Provider of High Speed Internet, Voice and Fiber Optic TV Services, Cloud Solutions, Perimeter Security Systems and Technology for Smart Residential Communities, Vianet has a network covering more than 18 cities in the interior of São Paulo State, in addition to interconnection with several national and international carriers, allowing connectivity with any location in the Brazilian territory.

Business challenge

Due to its accelerated growth, Vianet Telecom started having issues with its internal infrastructure, and so it started looking for a data center to migrate its environment. The key requirement is that it should focus on the company’s core business: telecom solutions. Another challenge in this process was to migrate the entire operation without any downtime.

Solution

In order to ensure a successful migration, the solution was designed in partnership. At first, integrating the data center with different fiber routes to the old customer site, before migrating the environment to the data center.

The stability allowed us the opportunity to open up new possibilities, including with another unique advantage from Ascenty: our AICX service (Ascenty Internet Connectivity Exchange) for low-cost connectivity to service providers.

Result

After joining forces with Ascenty, Vianet has enjoyed very high availability in its network core and ease of connection, in addition to cost savings with IP traffic for large content providers.

Testimonial

“We opted for Ascenty because our planning to expand and increase the quality of our services included choosing a data center with the highest reliability, quality and security for installing our backbone equipment and the edge of our connectivity network that supports and feeds the internet, TV, telephone and other connectivity and cloud services we offer. We found Ascenty to be the ideal partner, in that it not only met, but exceeded all technical and contingency requirements defined in our scope.

And we couldn’t be any happier with our choice. We consider it to be one of the most relevant strategic decisions when it comes to improving our network. We were able to raise the quality and reliability of our services through our partnership with Ascenty, and it’s been all compliments on their service so far. The quality of their infrastructure and the professionals who work there are major differentiators. It’s for all the reasons that we have already recommended Ascenty for companies looking for a high-level partner who will help them grow, while ensuring that their services meet the highest standards.”

Marcelo Szeer – Planning Director.

Fabio Trimarco |DIRECTOR OF COMPLIANCE AND QUALITY

Fábio has a BS in Computer Science, an MBA in IT Governance, and an undergraduate extension in Business Compliance from PUC. The executive has a background in IT, with extensive experience in various sectors, in multinational companies such as General Motors, EDSHP Enterprise and PromonLogicalis.

He spearheads the Compliance and Quality area, focusing on ethics, conduct, as well as Quality, implementing and managing standards and certifications such as such as ISOs 9001 quality management, 14001 environmental management, 20000-1 IT service management, 27001\27701 information security management, 37001\37301 anti-bribery management, 45001 occupational health and safety management, 50001 energy management, PCI DSS, SOC, UPTIME TIER III, and TÜV TR3 (TIA942).

João Walter | EXECUTIVE MANAGER OF PRODUCTS SERVICES

João has more than 15 years of experience in the Data Center and Telecommunication market, working in major corporations of the industry. He joined Ascenty in 2013 to bolster the Solutions Architecture Team. The executive took on new challenges over the years and currently leads the Solutions Architecture and Products teams.

Arturo Wheeler | REGIONAL DATA CENTER DIRECTOR

Arturo has over 30 years’ experience leading highly effective teams in mission-critical IT functions in globalized environments for Mexico and Latin America. He developed his career mainly in the financial sector with Citibank, where he was responsible for several operation and engineering functions in Telecommunications and Data Centers. The executive was also part of Americas regional leadership teams for the bank, where he was responsible for establishing operating models and local, regional, and global team transitions through which operational efficiencies, service improvements, and cost reductions were achieved.

Arturo joined Ascenty in late 2021 as Regional Director for Mexico in order to strategically direct, plan and oversee Ascenty’s operation and expansion in the country.

Pedro Gutiérrez | EXECUTIVE MANAGER, LATAM

Pedro has an undergraduate degree in Civil Electrical Engineering, and a graduate degree in Energy Engineering. He has been in the telecom infrastructure industry for 20 years and joined Ascenty in 2019. He currently supports the Data Center operations management.

He has led operation and maintenance teams at a Data Center in Chile, as well as performing improvements for facility certification.

Marcos Alves | EXECUTIVE MANAGER, DATA CENTER OPERATIONS

Marcos has 17 years’ experience in the Data Center market, and has worked for companies such as Impsat, where he operated Data Centers, and TIVIT, where he spent 14 years and rose to Senior Infrastructure Executive. He was responsible for Cabling Operation, Asset Management, Hardware Support and all expansions of the company’s Data Centers, offices and warehouses.

He has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Mauá Engineering School and an MBA in Business Management from FIA. At Ascenty since 2021, he works in the operational management of Data Centers.

Ana Letícia Caressato | EXECUTIVE MANAGER, HUMAN RESOURCES

Ana Letícia has an undergraduate degree in Psychology, an MBA in People Management, and a graduate degree in Organizational Coaching. She has worked in HR for over 15 years, for companies in the agribusiness and pharmaceutical segments. She is completing 10 years at Ascenty.

Her varied responsibilities include all HR subsystems such as: training and development, recruitment and selection, payroll, and strategic organizational issues.

Jéssica Braga | EXECUTIVE MARKETING MANAGER

Jéssica has over 15 years’ experience working in marketing and communication roles for large companies. She was responsible for leading the entire process of positioning Ascenty in the market, from its entry as a startup to today as a leader in the segment.

She has an undergraduate degree in Social Communication, and a graduate degree and an MBA in marketing from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV).

Adriana Castelli | EXECUTIVE FINANCE MANAGER

Adriana has 30 years’ experience in Accounting, Financial Planning and Treasury. She has worked for large groups such as Vicunha, DuPont, and Vivax SA, a cable TV and broadband internet provider, where she worked for 8 years from the company’s inception to its IPO.
At Ascenty, she has worked in LATAM Treasury management since 2011, focusing on cash flow management, financing and derivative operations.
She holds a degree in Accounting with specialization in Corporate Finance from Fundação Getúlio Vargas.

Gustavo Sousa | CFO

Gustavo has held executive positions at large Brazilian companies, such as CEO and CFO/DRI at Cielo,  

CFO/DRI at Klabin, CEO and CFO/DRI at CPFL Renováveis, Controller, Treasury, Investor Relations and Tax Officer at Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional and Controllership Officer at Banco do Brasil. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, a Master’s degree in Economic Business Management from the University of Brasília, an MBA in Financial Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas and a degree in Business Administration from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte.

At Ascenty, he has been CFO since August 2022.

Rodrigo Hunnicutt | EXECUTIVE MANAGER, CONSTRUTION

Rodrigo has worked at Ascenty since 2018, and helped deploy the first “Built to Suit” data center infrastructure projects built on Ascenty’s own land.

He oversaw construction of several data centers in Brazil and Mexico. He has extensive experience in project design, planning, management, and construction. He earned a degree in Architecture in 1991 and has an MBA in “Technology and Management in Building Production” from USP Politécnica.

José Roberto | EXECUTIVE LOGISTICS MANAGER

José Roberto has extensive experience in administration and logistics. For 20 years, he was in charge of logistics management at Goodyear Brazil, integrating the management team responsible for the storage and shipping of all domestic and international production.

He then took over as head of the administrative and logistics units at Vivax, a cable TV and broadband internet provider, since the company’s start-up.

At Ascenty, he has been in charge of the logistics and administrative units since the company’s inception.

José Roberto has an undergraduate in business administration and a graduate degree in business management from Centro Salesiano Universitário de São Paulo (UNISAL).

Stéfano Barbosa | EXECUTIVE FP&A MANAGER

Stéfano has 10 years’ experience in accounting, finance and planning. He has an undergraduate in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Texas Christian University and a graduate degree in Business Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas.

He began his career at Ernst & Young auditing domestic and publicly traded companies. After some time, he turned his focus to the FP&A area at Kemin, a U.S. company with operations in more than 90 countries, where he was responsible for South American companies over a period of 2 years.

He started in theFP&A unit at Ascenty in 2018 and partook in the company’s growth and expansion in recent years.

Quality Management|ISO 9001

Focusing on the excellence of services delivered, quality management ensures to clients and suppliers a standardization based on a set of technical standards outlining a quality management model. To ensure superior efficiency, a documentation management process was implemented to reach specific quality goals, creating processes and procedures to boost efficiency and quality in our staff’s activities.

The benefits of the ISO 9001 extend across multiple business areas. Evidently, market expansion and visibility is one of the most sought after, but it is important to remember that “Quality” applies to all meanings, both professionally and personally.

Benefits

  • waste reduction;
  • identification of problems in processes;
  • customer loyalty;
  • greater internal organization

Cloud Vendor Lock In: what is it and how to avoid it?

This is an undisputed truth: cloud  computing has taken the market by storm. Its benefits are, besides offering financial relief to companies, a way to boost their business performance. More security and agility in the digital world. However, some providers may deviate from this path and offer a service that the client, i.e. your company, cannot escape — Cloud Vendor Lock In.

Therefore, it’s important that organizations study and prepare to avoid being trapped in a contract.

At times when flexibility – something that Multicloud offers – is key to being competitive, it’s essential that your company understands everything about the subject, avoiding possible great losses in the case of a service migration.

In this content, we will explore a bit more about Cloud Vendor Lock In, its drawbacks, how to avoid it, and also an incredible tip on how to take advantage of an entire cloud infrastructure without the risk of a Cloud Vendor Lock In.

Learn more ahead!

Cloud Vendor Lock In: what is it?


Today, the SaaS (Software as a Service) market is huge. According to a Gartner study, this segment alone is expected to be worth more than US$151 billion by 2022. As Sid Nag, VP of Research at Gartner, states in the study, “at this point, adopting cloud computing is par for the course.”

That means that if any company is not already on the cloud, it must be in a hurry to migrate to it.

The problem is that, in some cases, the promise of freedom and flexibility for your company to grow in a scalable and organic manner is not fulfilled. And so, some providers started to “lock” their clients into contractual clauses and development requirements that prevented them from migrating to another server.

Imagine the following scenario:

Company A hired SaaS from Provider X. Upon reaching a certain period of its journey, Company A identified the need to migrate its operation (or part of it) to Provider Y, which better fits its demands.

However, due to contractual impediments — which make this operation expensive and technically complex — Company A is helpless and unable to migrate its workload.

That is Cloud Vendor Lock In.

Besides SaaS, it can occur when contracting PaaS (Platform as a Service), in which the client develops its own applications — and that can represent another impediment for migration.

For these providers, Cloud Vendor Lock In can be justified as a way to retain clients in their solution environment. However, the practice does not take into account the clients’ own need to make their operations more flexible and improve deliveries. Sometimes, a provider’s capacity does not meet the client’s needs.

Therefore, once a provider has implemented the Cloud Vendor Lock In, performing necessary migrations becomes very costly for the client.

Besides the financial impact, these restrictions also hinder future migrations and integration of applications — due to the development characteristics of each PaaS.

How to avoid Cloud Vendor Lock In 

So, how can this problem be solved? The good news is that Cloud Vendor Lock In is not an industry standard. It can be avoided, even if it requires some commitment to studying certain issues.

To make it easier, we have listed some key considerations. Ready to escape Cloud Vendor Lock In? Check below:

Escape Cloud Vendor Lock In at all costs


Sounds obvious, right? Nevertheless, it’s the first step of the journey.

Check your provider’s flexibility: can you move your app to other clouds, or migrate the service from another provider, if necessary? If not, does the provider set conditions under which this is possible (such as faults)?

Also, if you need to build apps that require complex customization, make sure you have a backup plan. Even better, if you can afford it, is to have an alternative cloud to run your code as a backup.

Get to know the different PaaS


One alternative is to split the risk. That is, use resources from multiple PaaS providers.

If they are not dependent on a single cloud to deliver their applications and businesses, you can set out to explore the options of the PaaS you control.

This requires some genuine interest, so ask your providers questions and try to understand how the PaaS runs and how your risk management is set up (especially in the case of a large centralizing cloud).

Ask questions about redundancy and the system architecture


Try to fully understand your software architecture and system redundancy with the help of your cloud provider. This comprehension will give you more autonomy when negotiating with the provider.

A good look at the architecture diagrams of the cloud environment can provide in-depth information about system reliability — and whether or not it’s possible to escape Cloud Vendor Lock In.

Ascenty ACCX: a powerful ally against Cloud Vendor Lock In


Ascenty’s ACCX, part of Cloud Connect, is a turnkey solution for companies searching for this exact flexibility between service providers and cloud platforms.

Cloud Vendor Lock In: o que é e como evitá-lo?

Ascenty Cloud Connectivity Exchange is a solution that integrates different distributed data environments in several public clouds (AWS, Oracle Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and IBM Cloud) to a single platform, integrated with your data network (IP/MPLS).

It’s an ecosystem that integrates the environment of multiple layer-3 public clouds into your infrastructure.

This way, you have full integration potential of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS solutions. With ACCX, clients reallocate their workload to the public cloud that best meets their demand according to their strategy, besides creating an easier network integration with their private structure.

The platform enables interconnection between Cloud Providers, guaranteeing simplified migration or simply ensuring that through low latency interconnection there can be interdependencies between applications and clouds, so you have gains in time, in availability and can take advantage of full interoperability of different public clouds at a fair price.

Cloud Vendor Lock In can be an issue for your company. Therefore, it’s ideal to choose a partnership that eliminates these risks, enabling the free use of the cloud resources that your business requires.

So, talk to Ascenty and understand how ACCX can serve your organization today!

9 cybersecurity tips for companies adopting remote work

Remote work, which seemed distant to some companies before the Covid-19 pandemic, is now part of the daily life of many. What was supposed to be an emergency solution will likely have a lasting impact on how people work. This is what a study by professor André Miceli, ofFundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), points out, concluding that the format should grow about 30% when activities return to normal. In this scenario, in which online operations are increasingly present, one of the actions that should be prioritized is the cybersecurity of systems and applications.

To have an idea of the current dimension of cybercrimes, data from Fortinet Threat Intelligence Latin America show that, in the month of March alone, when the coronavirus pandemic led to social isolation mandates, there were approximately 600 new phishing campaigns per day in most countries. The attacks occur through malicious links, which lead the user to provide personal data on fake pages or download files through illegal software. The goal is to control devices and steal information.

This situation is aggravated by professionals working remotely using their home networks. But that’s not where the problems end. There are several other types of virtual attacks that can compromise operations and cause millions in losses for companies. Therefore, it’s essential to protect yourself.

Cybersecurity: 9 valuable tips for enterprise information security

As mentioned above, organizations can suffer from numerous cyber attacks that are facilitated by remote work, such as spyware, ransomware, hijack, and DDoS. Thinking of helping to ensure the security of their data and applications, we have compiled a list of 9 things you should do to promote cybersecurity both now and in the future :

1. Creating policies and raising employee awareness

The first steps to guarantee that information security measures are successful are to establish clear policies and make employees aware of the importance of following them. In addition, you need to continuously train the teams about the threats that can hinder processes and what precautions to take to protect themselves from each of them, as well as to clearly and directly show how harmful cyber threats can be for employees and company.

2. Investing in cryptography

Cryptography solutions for e-mails and files can significantly help with cybersecurity. The benefit is that their implementation is simplified and does not depend on high investments by companies. For those who don’t know, the practice refers to building and analyzing protocols that prevent malicious users from reading private messages.

3. Installing a VPN

Installing a Virtual Private Network (VPN) which, as the name implies, creates communication networks between computers and devices with restricted access, is also a good strategy for protecting data during remote work. To do that, you can use the infrastructure that already exists in operating systems or open solutions.

4. Using authentication solutions

The two-factor or two-step authentication consists of the user entering a password, followed by a code provided through SMS, tokens, or other resources. Because the codes change constantly, cybercriminals cannot gain access to systems and data.

5. Installing good antivirus software

While working from home, many employees use their own computer and other devices to work. Therefore, they should be encouraged to install antivirus software as well as monitor antivirus updates and new subscriptions to ensure that their systems are operating properly.

Although these systems do not guarantee absolute protection against cybercrime, they already prevent a good deal of attacks, and may even notify you of the presence of suspicious activities such as malware, trojan viruses, worms, and possible changes to the registry and file system of operating systems, for example.

6. Implementing tracking software

Another situation that can compromise the cybersecurity of organizations is the loss or theft of devices provided to employees. To avoid this type of situation, installing tracking tools that locate each device and delete the data remotely is advisable.

7. Creating backups

Even with remote work, maintaining the backup routine (safety copies) to minimize unforeseen events is important. An interesting alternative for companies is to invest in hiring cloud data centers, which ensure efficiency and protection and facilitate remote access to their data.

8. Keeping systems and software up-to-date

Another action that must be taken to promote cybersecurity in companies is to keep operating systems and software up to date. This is because many updates already bring security improvements, as well as new tools and functionalities that can make the corporate day-to-day easier.

9. Watch out for criminals posing as colleagues

Individuals working at home should be extra careful about cybercriminals who may pose as co-workers. They may take advantage of employees, access the professional network of contacts and thus request details about the operation or confidential data, negatively affecting the company, both in terms of business continuity and financial loss.

It’s also worth noting that, along with the practices that optimize the organization’s cybersecurity, preserving the physical integrity of machines and devices used for work is necessary. To this end, professionals should always keep the equipment stored in safe places, even when indoors.

Even though at this moment the contact between people is restricted, minimizing the movement of strangers at home can avoid damage that could take time or cost the company.

Moreover, it’s important that the IT teams take human error into account when implementing cybersecurity solutions. The reason is that, no matter how much training helps in assertive conduct, one is never completely free from criminal acts.

With these measures, your organization can enjoy all the conveniences of remote work, while at the same time having the necessary protection of data and applications.

So, do you like our tips? Want to know more about how we can help your company to increase the level of cybersecurity? Get in touch with one of our consultants.

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