Equinix has been named Frost & Sullivan's 2016 Asia Pacific ICT Award for Data Center Service Provider of the Year at a ceremony last week. The company believes this is because of its revenue growth that is leading the market, commitment to service expansion, and commitment to sustainability.
"Equinix is delighted to be the recipient of this award from Frost & Sullivan. It is a true acknowledgement that our continued investment and growth in the region is having a real impact on our customers. It also highlights the central role Equinix is playing in advancing the digital economy in the interconnected era and accelerating growth for vendors and end-users," says Samuel Lee, president, Equinix Asia-Pacific.
The Data Center Service Provider of the Year award used four criteria to analyse entrants, including revenues and revenue growth, regional presence, initiatives and achievements, regional and global footprint and commitment to innovation. Equinix states that the award also recognises the company's 'exemplary' performance over the last year.
"As the leading global interconnection and data center provider, Equinix continues to invest in the development of solutions such as Cloud Exchange and Data Hub, enabling its wide customer base to better serve the changing needs of businesses across the Asia Pacific region.
"The expansion of its data center footprint in Singapore, Australia and Tokyo, as well as the recent acquisitions of Telecity and Bit-isle, will provide customers and cloud service providers in the region with private, direct connection and access to Equinix Cloud Exchange. Equinix has continued to push forward to become the leader in Interconnection," says Winnie Wong, Research Analyst, Digital Transformation – Cloud and Data Center, Asia Pacific, Frost & Sullivan.
The Asia-Pacific region is an important region for Equinix, particularly for Interconnection Oriented Architecture (IOA) services that data center facilities must provides for financial services, IT, Cloud and enterprises demand, the company says.
Equinix has 28 data centers in the Asia Pacific region, including Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan and Singapore. These centers total over 108,000 square meters of colocation space, serve more than 1450 customers, 350 networks, and 540 cloud and IT service providers.
Earlier this year, Equinix announced the opening of TY5, its $43 million IBX data center situated in Tokyo. The center supports financial firms, cloud providers and other organisations that are turning to data center colocation and interconnection services in the Tokyo district.
Equinix plans to open four more IBX data centers in Tokyo, Sydney, Dallas and São Paulo this year, in an effort to serve more global organisations.
Equinix also says that it is committed to energy-efficient and sustainable solutions, which include indirect evaporative coolers at its ME1 center in Melbourne, as well as a solar energy system that support non-essential systems at its SG3 center in Singapore.
The company says its work has paid off, after being awarded the Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Data Center Green Innovation Leadership Award in both 2014 and 2015.