Equinix launches $142m Dallas data centre and 5G Proof Concept Centre
The moves support the growing demand for companies to accelerate their evolution from traditional to digital businesses by scaling their infrastructure.
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) has announced the expansion of its Dallas Infomart Data Centre campus with the opening of a new $142 million IBX data centre and the launch of its 5G and Edge Proof of Concept Centre (POCC).
The company said that the Dallas region is a major communications hub for the southern United States, with a concentration of telecommunications companies.
Many of these companies are part of the diverse ecosystem of carriers, clouds and enterprises at Equinix’s Dallas Infomart campus.
The $142 million first phase of DA11 provides a capacity of 1,975 cabinets and colocation space of approximately 72,000 sqf.
Upon completion of the planned future phases, the facility is expected to provide a total capacity of more than 3,850 cabinets and colocation space of more than 144,000 sqf.
“We are seeing significant customer demand in Dallas as enterprises look to increase their business offerings through implementing IT infrastructures that are able to keep pace with the continually evolving digital landscape,” said Jon Lin, President of Americas, Equinix.
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We are thrilled to bring our ninth facility to the Dallas campus online in this increasingly important and growing market.”
The Equinix 5G and Edge Proof of Concept Centre (POCC) is set to provide a 5G and edge “sandbox” environment, enabling Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), cloud platforms, technology vendors and enterprises to directly connect with an edge data centre platform in order to test, demonstrate and accelerate complex 5G and edge deployment and interoperability scenarios.
The DA11 IBX is the ninth data centre for Equinix in the Dallas metro area, and the second building on the growing Dallas Infomart campus.
In the Americas, Equinix operates more than 90 IBX data centres located in Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Mexico and the United States.
“Connectivity is becoming increasingly critical for the development of modern hybrid cloud and mobile environments, and Dallas is a key market in enabling companies to accelerate their 5G strategies and overall digital transformation journey,” said Stefanie Williams, Analyst, 451 Research (part of S&P Global Market Intelligence).
The Dallas multi-tenant data centre market remains among the top five in the US, and providers have benefitted from strong demand over the years.
“Dallas will most likely continue to see notable levels of demand, and with the opening of DA11, Equinix is positioning itself to meet demand for connectivity and interconnection to an ecosystem of carriers, network and cloud providers.”
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