Huawei expands cloud presence in Latin America with new data center
Published 1 February 2021
Huawei has activated a second data center in Brazil, the AZ2, mainly as a backup center for cloud services offered from its other facility in the country.
Besides providing greater capacity, the redundancy facility is expected to attract customers concerned with the migration of critical workloads to the cloud, the company said in a statement.
“There is still a concern in the market that the service might occasionally falter, and this prevents companies from migrating their critical applications to the cloud. AZ2 brings more stability and increases the network’s delivery capacity in Brazil,” José Nilo (pictured), VP of cloud at Huawei Brasil, said in the release.
This is not Huawei’s first cloud presence in Latin America. Its cloud business arrived in Latin America in August 2019 with the activation of a datacenter in Chile, followed by data centers in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Peru.
In addition to the new facility Brazil, a second data center in Chile is expected to come online in coming weeks.
In a roadmap presentation last year, Duan Bin, director of Huawei Cloud LATAM, said the company has plans to reach all of Latin America, including Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Central America, and the Caribbean in 2021 and beyond.
The expansion in the region and concentration on cloud services can be seen as the company’s strategic move following international sanctions and resistance to its other businesses, TechWire Asia reported.
The manufacturer has faced hostility and suspicion from governments in the West following the Sino-US trade war, allegations of espionage, and alleged violation of trade sanctions. As a result, Australia and Czech Republic are just some of the countries that have banned the use of Huawei’s networks.
However, Latin America has been relatively friendly to Huawei’s technology. Besides the opening of several new data centers, it was reported this month that Brazil’s government will not seek to bar Huawei from upcoming 5G network auctions later this year. In addition, the company has secured major telecommunications contracts for the development of a 5G network, Latin America Tech reported.