Expansion and investment is the name of the game for Equinix’s plans for 2019.
The colocation giant has revealed it will be opening 12 new International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres and expanding 23 existing facilities this year – in total equating to an expected sum of US$1.73 – 1.92 billion of non-recurring capital expenditure.
By providing significantly more capacity in 2019, Equinix hopes to enable companies to deploy their IT infrastructure and services at the digital edge in more than 50 metros across the globe.
In the U.S. and EMEA, IBX data centres that are opening in 2019 are PA8 in Paris, SO2 in Sofia, HE7 in Helsinki, LD7 in London, WA3 in Warsaw, and HH1 in Hamburg.
“As digital transformation is reshaping virtually every industry across the globe, companies are thinking differently about how they interact with every element of their supply chain, and a clear architecture of choice is emerging – one that is cloud-first, distributed and hybrid,” says Equinix CEO Charles Meyers.
“To achieve this, their architecture needs to be deployed at the digital edge, where Equinix resides and continues to expand its unmatched global reach with the investments we are making in 2019 and beyond.”
In addition to the 12 new IBX openings in 2019, Equinix expansions of existing IBX data centres include 23 projects that will open in 2019 in the Amsterdam, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Frankfurt (three expansion projects), Hong Kong (three expansion projects), London (four expansion projects), Madrid, New York, Osaka, Paris, Perth, Seattle, Stockholm and Zurich (two expansion projects) metros.
“In Asia-Pacific, businesses are evolving rapidly as they constantly pursue greater growth and efficiency in a technology-advancing world,” says Equinix Asia Pacific president Samuel Lee.
“We are excited that there will be more digital flags planted in Asia-Pacific markets to help increase out unrivaled global reach, which will accelerate the time-to-value for the investments that businesses are making in their digital transformation journeys.”
Equinix has shared its commitment to operating data centres with high energy efficiency standards, and has a long-term goal of using 100 percent clean and renewable energy for the company’s global platform. The company currently operates 202 IBX data centres in 24 countries and 52 metros across 22.2 million gross square feet of data centre space.