Global interconnection and data center colocation company Equinix has announced the development of a new data center in Milan, Italy, due to open in Q1 2021. Known as Equinix ML5, this data center is expected to provide total capacity of more than 1,450 cabinet equivalents and colocation space of more than 45,000 square feet (4,200 square meters).
The Equinix ML5 data center is the fourth facility for Equinix in Italy. The $51 million first phase of Equinix ML5 is expected to provide a capacity of 500 cabinet equivalents and colocation space of approximately 15,000 square feet (1,400 square meters).
Equinix ML5, situated in North-West Milan, near Via Caldera, will provide customers with direct access to Equinix’s software-defined networking service, ECX Fabric. This enables virtual interconnections to some of the largest cloud providers in the world, such as: AWS, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Google Cloud Platform.
The new Equinix colocation data center is being built in line with global environmental standards. It will utilize 100% renewable energy and is designed to LEED Gold standard.
Automotive, Financial Services
“Italy is a key growth market for Equinix in EMEA, particularly in the areas of automotive and financial services,” said Judith Gardiner, Vice President, Growth and Emerging Markets, Equinix. “This expansion supports the increasing demands we’re seeing from companies in Italy and the wider region to accelerate their digital transformation – which has only accelerated in the wake of COVID-19. ML5 will play a key role in helping businesses thrive in the evolving digital economy, through the formation of an interconnected metro area where customers can seamlessly connect with strategic business partners in Italy and across the world.”
Equinix ‘IBX’ data centers in Milan support more than 160 companies, including major telecommunications carriers via Milan’s principle interconnection hubs. The sites also provide direct connections to the Milan Internet Exchange (MIX), TOP-IX and major telecommunications carriers.
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