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Equinix Opens Second Data Center in Geneva, Switzerland

March 18, 2010 by  

Web Hosting ToolsFOSTER CITY, CA & GENEVA – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq:EQIX), a provider of global data center services, today announced the opening of the first phase of its second International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center in Geneva, Switzerland. The purpose-built GV2 IBX data center, Equinix’s fifth in the country, will accommodate demand for premium colocation and data center services from both local and global corporations and banking organizations. The first phase adds 380 cabinets to Equinix’s data center capacity in Geneva and, when fully built out, will total 48,400 gross square feet (4,500 gross square meters) with capacity for 760 cabinet equivalents. The addition more than doubles Equinix’s footprint in the city, making it Equinix’s largest IBX in Switzerland. Further phases will open during 2010 and will be timed to reflect market demand.

Located west of Geneva’s city center, the new high specification GV2 IBX is conveniently located to transport and airport links and is already well-connected to both metro and regional networks, providing Equinix customers with a variety of options to access the data center. Customers in the Equinix GV2 IBX can access the Equinix GV1 IBX through diverse fiber paths from multiple providers, reaching more than 40 additional carriers and service providers which in turn offer network connectivity to the remainder of Switzerland and the rest of the world.


In addition to providing high-end services to corporations with operations in the city, the data center will also enable Equinix to continue the expansion of its interconnect business as Geneva is a key location between the Mediterranean fiber landing sites of Marseille, France and Palermo, Italy and the major metropolitan regions of Northern Europe. With 11 carriers, including Belgacom, Cablecom, Cogent, Global Crossing, Level 3, Naxoo, SIG, Sunrise, Via Numerica and Viatel/Viaphone, already extending their networks to the new data center, Equinix GV2 IBX is on track to become a major carrier hub for the region. In addition, the Equinix GV2 data center will also provide access to the CIXP Internet Exchange Point which is co-operated by Equinix and CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

“Geneva is a very strategic market for Equinix,” said Eric Schwartz, president of Equinix in Europe. “Not only is there growing local demand for high specification data center services – particularly from the city’s financial sector – the city’s location between Northern and Southern Europe means it is a key peering point for a increasing number of network operators. Our high specification, high capacity and network-rich GV2 data center more than doubles our capacity in Geneva, providing our existing and prospective customers with the space to support both their current and future data center operations.”

The GV2 IBX data center is part of Equinix’s $1.4 billion 2007-2010 global expansion plan. The company has also announced plans to open a fourth IBX data center in Zurich, expected to open in Q2 2010.

About Equinix
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq:EQIX) provides global data center services that ensure the vitality of the information-driven world. Global enterprises, content and financial companies, and network service providers rely upon Equinix’s insight and expertise to protect and connect their most valued information assets. Equinix operates 49 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centres across 18 markets in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

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