Last week Equinix announced that we will open 12 new International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers and expand 23 existing IBX data centers in 2019. We've already opened the doors to facilities in Paris and Shanghai, with locations opening soon in Helsinki, Sofia, London, Tokyo, Melbourne, Seoul, Warsaw, Hamburg, Sydney, and Singapore.
Equinix is establishing a new Innovation Research team, led by Dr. April Hood-Wink, to focus on advancing sustainable IT system design based on biomimicry principles. In one of their first projects, Equinix’s Innovation Research team is partnering with LaGrand University – known for their groundbreaking research into inter-tree communications – to test a new nature-inspired offering.
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In Sydney we’re preparing for the launch of our eighth data center, named SY5 – a US$160 million (approximately A$224 million) investment for Equinix. In Perth, we’ve spent almost US$10 million (A$15 million) to expand our PE2 data center over the past year, while today in Melbourne we announced the development of ME2, an initial investment of US$84 million (approximately A$117 million).
The LA IBX data centers are also the home of global subsea cable landing stations (CLSs) that interconnect metros worldwide over high-speed submarine cable systems to carry massive amounts of content and digital media (CDM) traffic between globally distributed filming locations and production and post-production partners.
Seventeen years, seven Sydney-based International Business ExchangeTM (IBX®) centers, and 45,000 square meters later, we’re preparing for the launch of our eighth data center in Sydney, named SY5 – a US$160 million (approximately A$224 million) investment for Equinix. It’s worth reflecting on how we got here and how things have changed thanks to our interconnection-led growth strategy.
Following hot on the heels of our expansion plan for our fourth International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center in Singapore - SG4, I am thrilled to share some more exciting news. We are entering into a whole new market - South Korea - with a new IBX data center in Seoul, scheduled to open in Q3 2019.
Today, we are announcing the purchase of a new facility in Hamburg (HH1) that will enable us to serve the digital business needs of businesses in the northern part of the country. This will expand our reach to a number of new customers - including many multinationals - in Germany’s already thriving financial services, manufacturing, transportation, gaming, healthcare and retail industries.
SG4, a new facility scheduled to open in Q4 2019, will provide interconnection and premium data center services to help businesses with their IT transformation and cloud adoption initiatives. It will help support the digital infrastructure of Singapore as the government strives to transform the country into a connected society via a variety of initiatives.
While Equinix has a remarkable track record of innovation, customer-centricity, operational excellence and 63 consecutive quarters of growth, we – like any company with ambition in a disruptive age – will need to continuously strive to evolve.