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Equinix to open five new data centres worldwide

Fri 6 Mar 2015

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California-based Equinix, Inc. has announced that it will add five new International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres worldwide, augmenting its current inventory by 10%. The new centres will be in New York, Singapore, London, Melbourne and Toronto.

The new data centres will bring the total number operated by Equinix to over 100, with 4,200 new cabinets part of the $227mn (£150mn) investment. Additional floorspace will be augmented by more than 1 million feet.

Equinix president and CEO Steve Smith said in the statement: “Equinix is the global interconnection platform for the world’s leading businesses. Our rich history of interconnection, built over the last 16 years, makes us the ideal place for business to connect, and we believe that these five new data centers will provide even more ways for global businesses to innovate.”

The London-New York network route alone constitutes the second-highest internet traffic route in the world, with peak traffic of 1.82TBps. According to telecom metrics company TeleGeography, Inc., London, Singapore and New York are situated in the top 12 metros worldwide for ‘peak international traffic’.

TeleGeography’s senior analyst Greg Bryan also says in the release “In today’s digital economy, the demand placed on interconnectivity has reached a new high. In a world where cloud dominates IT strategies and enterprise business models are interdependent, interconnection is a make-or-break proposition.”

The new London data centre will be located at Slough, as a ‘virtual financial sector’. Toronto will house a state-of-the-art data centre installation a mile from existing TR1, and connected to it via Equinix’s Metro Connect and carrier-furnished fibre. The Melbourne ME1 installation will represent Equinix’s entrance into the Australian market. In New York the NY6 data centre will be in Secaucus, on the doorstep of one of the world’s most important trading-data exchanges. The Singapore data centre will be the largest of Equinix’s IBX offerings in the Asia-Pacific market – and in the area of highest network concentration.

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