Equinix brings online $34m Warsaw data centre



Poland's capital, Warsaw. Poland's capital, Warsaw.

WA3 will be operating at 100% renewable energy from wind and other measures deployed to safeguard the environment include adaptive control systems, cold/hot aisle containment, energy-efficient LED and motion-controlled lighting, high temperature chilled water set points and more.

Equinix (NASDAQ: EQIX) has opened its third International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre in the Polish capital, an investment of approximately US$34 million (€31 million).

In the first phase, the new WA3 data centre contains 475 cabinets and more than 1,400m2 of colocation space.

Once fully built out, Equinix said the facility will include more than 3,500m2 of colocation space, with capacity for approximately 1,200 cabinets.


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“The addition of WA3 enables local customers to leverage more Equinix solutions such as Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric whereby through software-defined direct connections, they gain access to the largest cloud providers in the world, such as: Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Google Cloud,” Equinix explained in a statement.

The new data center also offers access to the Equinix Internet Exchange (formerly Polish Internet Exchange (PLIX)).

One of the largest IXs in Eastern Europe, it allows network operators, content providers and enterprises across industries, to exchange internet traffic with almost 250 peers through its 460+ active ports.

The IX has now reached 1 Terabit per second of IP traffic – a feat of network planning, implementation and engineering.

Robert Busz, Managing Director of Equinix Poland, said: “By opening a new data centre in Warsaw, we are increasing the capacity of interconnection in Poland. We believe the ability to securely process huge amounts of data – as enabled by interconnection – builds competitiveness in the digital economy. The latest edition of our annual market study, the Global Interconnection Index Volume 3, confirms this.

“The independent survey we conducted alongside this report, shows four out of ten (39%) IT decision-makers in Poland and almost half (48%) in the world believe interconnection is the main factor enabling digital transformation.”

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