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Hidden beaches, colorful architecture, pristine reefs, and picturesqueplantations; located in the southwestern corner of the Caribbean, Curaçaohas it all. But it’s about to get more. Much more.The island continues to gain prominence as a hub of international financeand commerce. And Curaçao Technology Exchange (CTEX) is preparing tobe a key enabler of the region’s business boom.“We are building the first tier-IV data center complex in the region,” saysAnthony de Lima, CTEX chairman and CEO. “It will be the most advanced,purpose built, high- density technology services facility in the Caribbeanand Latin America.”Three catalysts have converged in CTEX’s favor: growth in Latin Americanemerging markets, advances in cloud computing, and an auspicious locale.More business, more technology needsBusiness activity in Central and South America has been on the rise forsome time. Caribbean nations, at the commercial crossroads betweenNorth America, Europe, and Latin America, are experiencing a similarbusiness surge.Despite this growth, there continues to be a lack of high-end technologyservices. Companies wanting to conduct business in the region have fewoptions for storing their data, accessing advanced technologies, andgetting top-notch support.Today, the Caribbean doesn’t have an Uptime Institute-certified tier-IVdata center. They exist in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, but many regionalcompanies are concerned with the privacy laws, strict regulations, and highcosts that come with them. Others are wary of utilizing South Americandata centers due to physical security and political instability.“Most companies doing business in the region use data centers in NorthAmerica or Europe,” de Lima explains. “But when you are moving dataand running applications across such distances, there are often bandwidthand latency problems, not to mention the high cost of labor and taxes.”An untapped island refugeCTEX was formed in Curaçao not by happenstance, but through carefulplanning and an exhaustive search. In the island paradise, de Lima and histeam found the perfect location for a tier-IV data center.“The island is situated outside the hurricane belt and major seismic zones,”de Lima says. “And the data center is being purpose-built for 100 percentreliability. It is 197 feet above sea level, and can withstand a Category 5hurricane and extensive seismic activity. Our clients don’t have to worryabout putting their data or technology operations in harm’s way.”Curaçao’s connectivity is also a significant benefit. Six redundant submarinecables link the island to the rest of the world, and more are currently beinginstalled; perfect for reliable, high-speed data transmissions.Part of the Dutch Kingdom, Curaçao is very friendly to internationalbusiness. The privatization laws are favorable, the taxes are low, there areno import duties on technology equipment, and the island offers uniquebenefits for expatriate employees. A multicultural populace that speaksEnglish, Spanish, Dutch, and Portuguese also makes the island an ideallocation for transnational commerce.“The location, connectivity, and laws make Curaçao one of the safestlocations in the world to house critical information assets,” says de Lima.Ideal location and growing business opportunity spawn the Caribbean’s firstand only tier-IV data center.Perspectives and SolutionsWorld-class technologyservices in paradise Cisco and Intel partnering in innovationCuraçao Technology ExchangeCEO Anthony de Lima aims tosupport the business boom ofan entire regionSpring 2013Unleashing IT