Global colocation data center company and interconnection provider Equinix has planned to open its second Bulgarian International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Q1 2019. The $19 million data center in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia will provide approximately 350 data center cabinets in the first phase of build out with the opportunity to add 1,100 cabinets in subsequent phases.
The SO2 data center will provide a secured colocation data center environment for local businesses and multinationals looking to expand into Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Additionally, Equinix SO2 will have direct connectivity to the Bulgarian Internet Exchange (BIX).
“SuperHosting.BG offers hosting services to more than 200,000 websites,” said Lyubomir Rusanov, CEO, SuperHosting.BG. “The quality and continuity of services are of great importance to us. In order to guarantee them, we have been trusting Equinix Bulgaria and using their reliable colocation services for over seven years now. The opening of their second data center will help us meet the growing demands of our clients in Bulgaria, as well as abroad.”
Bulgaria is a strategic location for Equinix within the Balkans with access to the EU, Turkey and the Caucasus. The SO2 IBX data center in Sofia will be the second Equinix data center in the capital which is already home to 100+ companies including cloud service providers, network service providers, enterprises and content and digital media companies.
“Data center colocation provides a powerful level of direct interconnection and empowers enterprises to react in real time, adapt quickly to change and leverage digital ecosystems to create new value and growth,” said Eric Schwartz, President of Equinix EMEA. “The new SO2 data center in Sofia will provide local businesses and multinationals with the latest interconnection options to accelerate business performance and support their IT transformation initiatives.”
100% Green Energy
Equinix SO2 will use 100 percent green energy, a practice that Equinix’s original data center in Sofia – SO1 – has leveraged since 2016. Equinix announced in 2015 its commitment to 100 percent clean and renewable energy for its entire global footprint.
“The VMWare office in Sofia is the main R&D and innovation hub of the company in the EMEA region and is among the top three key strategic development centers for VMware worldwide,” said Diana Stefanova, Managing Director EMEA R&D Site and Strategic Business Development integrated solutions, VMware. “Therefore, the reliability of services in Sofia is critical for the VMWare Bulgaria R&D business operations. At the same time the VMWare Bulgaria R&D business operations needed to scale the business and find a prominent partner in Eastern Europe that could meet these needs. By leveraging Equinix’s global interconnection platform with 99.9999% uptime, we’ve been able to not only reach new markets, but also accelerate our business performance.”