DC11, the latest addition to our Washington, D.C. metro area data center facilities, opened its doors on May 9 with much fanfare. This is an important site for Equinix and our customers – more than 90% of the world’s Internet traffic goes through this campus – so the addition of a 42,000-square-foot facility with room to grow gave us good reason to celebrate.
At the launch, Equinix Solution Architects were on hand to lead tours and answer questions for new customers as well as existing ones looking to expand. DC11, with its dim blue overhead lights and color-coded cabling systems, has a very Mission Impossible feel to it; tour guides led guests through the adjacent DC6 facility to demonstrate what an occupied Equinix facility looks like.
“It’s all about space and power,” explained Equinix sales engineer Tom Minogue as he pointed out the massive generators and cooling and fire-prevention features that every Equinix International Business Exchange TM (IBX®) features. “Well, space, power and cross connects.” In fact, there are more than 10,000 cross connects at our DC campus, creating a thriving ecosystem of business partners, content providers, networks, carriers and Internet service providers. Tours also included a look at the meeting rooms and relaxation spaces Equinix makes available to our customers – complete with showers, video games and vending machines that are essential when technicians are working on-site.
With its proximity to federal agency headquarters, security is a top priority at our DC campus: it takes five hand scans to get into a facility, and there are back-to-back man traps, industrial-strength perimeter fences, 24×7 guards and cameras everywhere.
In addition to touring the new facility, guests were treated to some true Virginian hospitality at the launch – southern-style cuisine featuring shrimp and grits and chicken waffles, a number of wine varietals from a local Virginia winemaker, and live music. NFL Hall of Famer and former Washington Redskins cornerback Darrell Green was on hand to make guests feel welcome.
The future looks bright for our Washington, DC campus. Customers are already prepping cages in DC11, which has enough space for 1,200 cabinets and is next to our existing data centers in Ashburn, VA. We’ve secured 40 acres of vacant land adjacent to DC11 that will allow for 1,800 cabinet equivalents in the future, so we can expand with our customers and continue to help them accelerate business performance. Our Washington, DC, IBXs are among the world’s most networked data centers – how could your business benefit from connecting there?