Equinix Opens New Data Centers in Frankfurt and Dusseldorf; Announces Further German Expansion

February 11, 2010 by  

Web Hosting ToolsFOSTER CITY, CA – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, today announced the opening of new International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers in Frankfurt and Dusseldorf, together with plans to expand its existing Frankfurt-2 (FR2) center. The announcements come as Equinix continues its measured global development plan.

The phase I opening of the $30 million (€ 21 million) FR4 center, which is located in the southwestern region of Frankfurt, comprises 1,700 cabinet equivalents and 6,000 gross square meters (65,000 gross square feet) of data center space. The data center is being built out in multiple phases and, when complete, will total 12,000 square meters (130,000 square feet), with capacity for approximately 3,300 cabinet equivalents. Elsewhere, in the north of the city, the planned $18 million expansion of the FR2 IBX will add 2,500 square meters (27,000 square feet) of data center space, with capacity for approximately 660 cabinets. The FR2 IBX expansion will be completed in phases, between April and September 2010.

These expansions form part of Equinix’s wider strategy to increase data center capacity in Frankfurt, a major global trading hub where the company has seen significant growth in demand to participate in Equinix Financial eXchange. The Equinix Financial eXchange is a community of execution venues, buy and sell side firms and technology utilities that locate within Equinix data centers to optimize trading operations. Equinix now operates four data centers in Frankfurt, all of which are directly linked by redundant dark fiber, enabling all Frankfurt-based customers to interconnect as if they were in the same physical location.

“Equinix is seeing strong demand for colocation and interconnection services in Frankfurt, with significant growth coming from the city’s financial services industry,” said Eric Schwartz, president of Equinix in Europe. “Equinix’s Frankfurt IBX data centers are already a key destination for financial services firms wishing to improve their trading operations by directly connecting with their trading partners and utilizing low-latency links to other financial markets around the world. The new FR4 center, together with the planned expansion of FR2, will provide the capacity to grow this community even further.”

Equinix has also opened its new Dusseldorf-2 (DU2) IBX data center, adding 560 cabinets and 2,700 square meters (29,000 square feet) of gross data center space in Dusseldorf. Located southeast of the city, the new center will be tethered to Equinix’s original Dusseldorf IBX data center (DU1) through dark fiber links, enabling existing DU1 customers to seamlessly grow their data center operations.

This growth in German operations is part of Equinix’s $1.4 billion (€1.0billion) 2007-2010 global expansion plan.

“Demand for premier data center services continues to outpace supply across all major European metro regions,” continued Schwartz. “Equinix is focused on closing this gap between demand and supply and is committed to expanding its capacity, by both building new data centers and systematically upgrading existing ones.”

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 centers across 18 markets in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

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