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Equinix plans major expansion of global data centre operations

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Global data centre operator Equinix is planning to open 12 new data centres and expand 23 of its existing IBX data centres this year — including opening its fourth in Melbourne and eighth in Sydney — as part of an expected US$1.730 billion to US$1.920 billion capital expenditure program for 2019.

Announcing its Q1 2019 earnings on Thursday, Equinix said that by providing new capacity in 2019, it was continuing to extend its platform, further enabling companies to deploy their IT infrastructure and services at the “digital edge in more than 50 metros across the globe”.

The company says that in addition to the 12 new IBX openings in 2019, expansions of existing IBX data centres include 23 projects that will open in 2019 in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Frankfurt (three expansion projects), Hong Kong (three expansion projects), London (four expansion projects), Madrid, New York, Osaka, Paris, Perth, Seattle, Stockholm and Zurich (two expansion projects) metros.

Equinix lists new IBX data centres that will open in 2019 and, where applicable, will be directly connected to other Equinix IBX data centres within each metro via fibre links between the sites:

  • Asia-Pacific
    • Shanghai – In February 2019, Equinix opened its fifth IBX in Shanghai. Located in the Pudong Free-Trade Zone, the SH6 IBX data centre is the largest Equinix facility in Shanghai and is a hub for the trading and financial services sectors.
    • Tokyo – To support the growing demand for increased levels of interconnection from the cloud, network and financial services sectors, Equinix will open its eleventh and largest IBX in Tokyo, TY11.
    • Melbourne – Equinix will open its fourth IBX in Melbourne, ME2, as announced on March 11, 2019. Equinix Melbourne IBX data centres offer strong network and cloud connectivity as well as direct access to the Victoria Internet Exchange. In addition, Equinix Melbourne data centres allow Equinix customers to be located in the second- largest economy in Australia.
    • Seoul – South Korea is one of the top 15 largest economies in the world and one of the most vibrant digital economies globally – with high bandwidth and advanced applications driving many of its industries. To support this high-growth market, Equinix will open its first IBX in South Korea, SL1, as announced on January 14, 2019.
    • Sydney – Equinix will open its eighth IBX in Sydney, SY5, as announced on February 25, 2019. SY5 will be Equinix’s largest IBX in Australia.
    • Singapore – Equinix will open its fourth IBX in Singapore, SG4, as announced on January 7, 2019. SG4 will be strategically situated at the East of Singapore in one of the country's five data centre clusters—Tai Seng Industrial Estate—providing location diversity from the three existing Equinix IBX data centres in Singapore.

In the US and EMEA, IBX data centres opening in 2019 are PA8 in Paris, SO2 in Sofia, HE7 in Helsinki, LD7 in London, WA3 in Warsaw and HH1 in Hamburg.

Samuel Lee, president, Equinix Asia-Pacific said, “In Asia-Pacific, businesses are evolving rapidly as they constantly pursue greater growth and efficiency in a technology-advancing world.

”We are excited that there will be more digital flags planted in Asia-Pacific markets to help increase out unrivaled global reach, which will accelerate the time-to-value for the investments that businesses are making in their digital transformation journeys.”

“As digital transformation is reshaping virtually every industry across the globe, companies are thinking differently about how they interact with every element of their supply chain, and a clear architecture of choice is emerging – one that is cloud-first, distributed and hybrid,” said Charles Meyers, chief executive, Equinix.

“To achieve this, their architecture needs to be deployed at the digital edge, where Equinix resides and continues to expand its unmatched global reach with the investments we are making in 2019 and beyond.”

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