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Equinix invests US$70m in its eleventh data center in Tokyo

10 May 18

Equinix is investing $70 million in a new data center in Tokyo.

This comes soon after the interconnection and data center giant announced the expansion of its ECX Fabric inter-metro in Tokyo and Osaka.

Equinix's latest facility will be its largest International Business Exchange data center located in Tokyo, and will be known as TY11.

The US$70 million investment will go toward building the first phase of TY11, which is expected to open in the first quarter of 2019.

TY11 will provide a capacity of 1,000 cabinets in its first phase. Upon completion of the future phases, the facility is expected to provide a total capacity of 2,800 cabinets.

The new data center will enable users to connect to the multitude of domestic and international carriers available within these facilities, including key cloud service providers, such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure via Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric).

TY11 will be located in the Ariake district, which is close to key Tokyo 2020 Olympic Venues.

Located near an emergency evacuation area for the Koto district in the event of natural disasters, Equinix says customers will benefit from a high-level of security and operational excellence.

President of Equinix Asia-Pacific Samuel Lee comments: “This new facility in Japan will be the latest in a series of expansions across the Asia-Pacific region and highlights our ongoing commitment to enabling our customers to reach everywhere, interconnect everyone and integrate everything."

"Japan continues to be an important market for us, acting as a key hub for the cloud and financial services industries across the entire region."

Equinix North Asia's managing director, Kei Furuta, also comments: “Tokyo is one of the major financial centers in the Asia-Pacific region, and we have seen rapidly increasing demand for interconnection from customers in different sectors, as they seek access to multiple clouds and real-time data transfer across geographies."

Furuta adds, "With the addition of TY11 located in a hazard-free area, Equinix can provide our customers with consistent, reliable and high-performance infrastructure, supporting them to further accelerate their growth in Japan and meet the changing IT needs of today’s digital economy.”

Currently, Equinix has 40 IBX data centers in the Asia-Pacific region. Today, the Equinix total global footprint covers 200 IBX data centers across 52 markets.