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Global colocation and interconnection provider Equinix has acquired three data centers from Axtel (BMV: AXTELCPO) in Mexico. Serving the Mexico City and Monterrey metro areas, these three data centers are acquired by Equinix for $175 million in an all-cash transaction. Equinix plans to offer its Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric in all three data centers.

The three data centers in Mexico will add approximately 115,000 square feet of colocation space to the Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data center portfolio. Given the power capacity of these three sites, this transaction would make Equinix one of the largest network-neutral data center operators in Mexico. Including current expansion projects, Equinix has invested more than $500 million in its Latin American operations including Brazil, Colombia and now Mexico.

This acquisition, when combined with the previous acquisitions of key traffic hubs in Dallas (Infomart) and Miami (NAP of the Americas), will further strengthen Equinix’s global platform by increasing interconnection between North, Central and South America.

Upon closing, Axtel will be a customer and a strategic marketing partner in Mexico, and Axtel will retain a small minority ownership position in the three sites.

“Digital transformation is forcing more businesses to evolve their IT infrastructure from centralized to distributed architectures. Customers are seeking new locations to keep their data in proximity to points of consumption and as a part of this evolution, our enterprise and service provider customers have a strong desire to interconnect at the digital edge in Mexico,” said Jon Lin, President, Americas, Equinix. “The three Axtel data centers that serve the Mexico City and Monterrey metros provide an optimal market entry for Equinix to bolster operations in the region and facilitate even greater interconnection within the Americas region and between the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe.”

Data Centers Mexico City

The two data centers that serve the Mexico City metro are strategically located in Querétaro. Both are carrier-neutral facilities with multiple diverse fiber entry points that include five network service providers currently operating within each data center.

The first facility in the Mexico City metro is a 110,000 gross-square-foot data center with 37,000 square feet of colocation space. It would be one of the first data centers in Latin America with an energy cogeneration system. It also features ICREA (International Computer Room Experts Association) certification.

The second facility in the Mexico City metro is currently an 80,000 gross-square-foot data center with 6,000 square feet of colocation space. This facility will provide Equinix with expansion opportunities of up to 60,000 square feet of colocation space.

Gateway U.S. – Mexico

Jon Lin
“Customers are seeking new locations to keep their data in proximity to points of consumption and as a part of this evolution, our enterprise and service provider customers have a strong desire to interconnect at the digital edge in Mexico,” said Jon Lin, President, Americas, Equinix.

The Monterrey area facility is a highly connected data center offering a key connectivity gateway between the U.S. and Mexico. It features 25,000 gross square feet of data center space with 12,500 square feet of colocation space. It is a carrier-neutral facility with 10 network service providers available onsite.

Approximately 40 Axtel employees and contractors, primarily in the operations functions of the acquired facilities, will become Equinix employees or contractors.

Equinix now operates more than 200 IBX data centers in 53 markets. Equinix plans to offer Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric) in all three data centers. ECX Fabric is an on-demand, SDN-enabled interconnection service that allows any business to connect between its own distributed infrastructure and any other company’s distributed infrastructure, including the world’s largest network service and cloud providers, on Platform Equinix.

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