Equinix details 2016 growth plans with new data centres opening in Brazil, Australia, Japan, and the United States
Equinix is to open four new data centres around the world this year as part of an aggressive growth strategy in 2016.
The data centres will be located in Tokyo, Dallas, Sao Paulo, and Sydney, and come after Equinix’s giant acquisition of European competitor Telecity last year.
More than $4.5 billion (£3.2bn) is to be invested in acquisitions and growth this year, said Equinix. However, this figure does include the $3.8 billion (£2.7bn) cost of buying Telecity.
145 data centres
By the end of the year, and thanks to that acquisition, Equinix will have a fleet of 145 data centres worldwide.
The company’s November 2015 acquisition of Japan’s Bit-isle is also helping Equinix gain ground this year, as new markets are added to extend the scale and reach of its data centres.
Equinix said that the four data centres will come online “in the coming weeks and months”, and will add 4,000 new cabinets of capacity to Equinix’s armoury. The sites will add 200,000 square feet of new data centre space, which brings the company’s total global footprint to 14 million square feet.
The new Tokyo data centre, called TY5, will be located close to the already existing TY3 data centre in Tokyo’s financial district. Over in Dallas, the DA7 data centre will bring Equinix’s interconnectivity goal to the Southern US hub so critical for cloud heading south in Latin America Southern Cross Cable Head for connectivity across the Asia-Pacific region.
“Global businesses are increasingly realizing that interconnection is essential to deliver a rich, ubiquitous user experience, with the agility and actionable insight to enable new business models and enhanced productivity. This will be even more apparent as businesses locate their data closer to the edge to support the Internet of Things,” said Smith.