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Equinix continues expansion with announcement of site in D.C.

Fri 27 Oct 2017

Equinix is continuing its run of unfettered expansion with the announcement of another International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre near Washington D.C.

The new facility, from the California-based interconnection and data centre firm, will be called DC12 and is costing Equinix $98.5 million (approx. £75 million). The site will be located in its existing Ashburn, Virginia campus.

The first phase of construction will provide 1500 more cabinets and 57,800 sq. foot of space. Once fully built, it will be able to hold twice as many cabinets. With this build, Equinix will operate 14 IBX data centres in the D.C. area, which it states will support growing demand for interconnection capacity from enterprise businesses and government agencies.

Ashburn is a major centre for data centres in the U.S., and Equinix calls its campus there a ‘major communications gateway to Europe.’ It also notes that it is the largest internet peering point in North America.

The new facility will give access to a mix of global networks, cloud providers, digital content companies and social media platforms. Equinix highlights the continuing importance of interconnection, stating that the facility will give enterprise and government customers the ability to quickly share critical operational data with customers and partners.

The facility will feature a flexible data centre layout, providing capacity for multi-cloud deployments as well as interconnection. Customers will be able to choose network services from more than 200 providers, as well as major cloud players, such as AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, and Oracle.

The D.C. metro area is home to the world’s largest concentration of data centres and Equinix has invested nearly $1 billion there. The firm has already bought 34.5 acres of land in the area for potential future expansion.

Equinix Americas president, Karl Strohmeyer, said: “The Equinix Ashburn campus features one of the highest densities of networks and cloud providers within our global platform of IBX data centres. Interconnection opportunities for enterprises and government agencies across the Washington, D.C. metro are immense and will enable customers to accelerate their digital transformation.”

Kelly Morgan, research VP at 451 Research, commented: “Northern Virginia is the largest data centre market in the U.S. and attracts data centre tenants from around the world that require interconnection to an extensive ecosystem of cloud and network providers. We believe the region will continue to see rapid growth.”

Equinix has recently announced a number of new builds, acquisitions and expansion plans, such as the purchase of an Istanbul site, an Iberian data centre firm, and the introduction of further interconnection points for Oracle Cloud around the world.


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