Equinix seeks global expansion with new data centres in UK and Australia

Green IT

by Kate Heslop| 23 January 2014

The investments will see the construction of data centres and new campus acquisitions in Slough and Melbourne.

Equinix, an interconnection and data center company, has announced that it will build a new data centre called LD6 in its London Slough campus in response to high demand from customers in the financial services, content, cloud and enterprise segments. It also plans to invest approximately $60m in a new data centre in Melbourne.

The new LD6 data centre in Slough will provide total capacity of approximately 8,000 square meters. With $79 million of capital expenditures invested, the first phase is scheduled to open in the first half of 2015 and will provide initial capacity of 1,385 cabinets.

Russell Poole, managing director, Equinix UK said: "LD6 is a hugely exciting project; the facility will be the most advanced data center in the UK. We are committed to providing not just continuity but also continuous improvement for our current and future customers; this latest addition to our thriving campus will also set new standards in efficiency and sustainability."

The new data centre in Melbourne, called ME1, will provide a capacity of 1,500 cabinets and will have a specially built 105,000 square foot building to house the data centre. The data centre will aim to meet the high demand for premium data centre services in Australia.

Tony Simonsen, MD, Equinix Australia commented on ME1: "We continue to see a surge in demand for data center and interconnection services in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region and the addition of ME1 will aid enterprises looking to gain proximity to customers and partners and to improve application performance for employees and end-users in Australia."

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