Collapsing the Distance Between Brazil and Miami

Collapsing the Distance Between Brazil and Miami




Given its rapid economic growth and financial influence in Latin America, Brazil is one of the top commercial centers where international businesses are aiming to build a local presence. Yet because of its considerable distance from other key international hubs, establishing a physical presence in Brazil poses logistical challenges for many companies.

Customers in Equinix’s MI3 and RJ2 IBX® data centers can easily bridge the distance between the U.S. and Latin America: they now have their own digital express lane between Miami and Rio de Janeiro.

GlobeNet, an international wholesale provider of submarine capacity and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brazilian tecommunications company Oi, operates a 22,000 kilometer subsea cable system that connects New York and Miami with São Paolo. This dual ring-protected, fiber-optic cable system creates a low-latency connection between the Americas that GlobeNet says is the fastest IP traffic route between the U.S. and Brazil.

Earlier this year, Equinix announced that GlobeNet extended its undersea cable network into Equinix’s MI3 data center near Miami. And our newest data center in Rio, RJ2, is linked to the GlobeNet undersea cable’s landing point in São Paolo, creating a high-speed connection between Rio and Miami.

Such a connection benefits Equinix customers in key ways. The GlobeNet links Equinix sites between the two continents, while the fiber connections between Equinix’s data centers and GlobeNet enable companies to connect their operations in Miami to their data center installations in Brazil. Equinix customers colocated with us in Miami and Brazil can essentially link their transcontinental operations in the Americas with a high-speed circuit. To illustrate the benefits, a sports broadcasting network could stream FIFA World Cup video footage from Equinix RJ2 in Rio de Janeiro directly to editing crews in North America via Miami. Conversely, a cloud service provider with applications servers in MI3 could reach much of Latin America without having to establish additional distribution sites in Central or South America.

This remote distribution model delivers greater technological and operational simplicity by containing infrastructure in one location. Centralized distribution can also help relieve regulatory headaches for international companies by allowing them to keep regulated or high-value data in one country while still providing high-speed service to other countries.

Photo above courtesy of Alex G.


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