Equinix Announces $163M Investment in Tenth Paris Data Center


Equinix has opened a new data center in Paris, France. The planned data center, Equinix PA10, which will be part of Equinix’s Saint-Denis complex, represents the tenth Equinix data center in Paris over the course of 20 years. Multiple sustainability best practices will be incorporated into the new $163 million data center in Paris, including heat recovery technology that will be directly connected to the city’s Saint-Denis metropolitan heating network.

Equinix PA10’s first phase is expected to provide 3,775 m2 of colocation space and 1,525 capacity cabinets. The entire facility is scheduled to create 5,775 m2 of colocation space with 2,250 cabinets once all planned phases are completed.

PA10 is planning a number of sustainability measures, including a heat recovery technology project that would collect energy from client equipment and send it to the city’s heating network, which will then heat the community swimming pool.

The new site’s rooftop will be home to a 430-square-meter greenhouse where fruit and vegetables will be cultivated. Using a water recovery system and just irrigating the planted regions, a hydroponic system tries to minimize water use. The greenhouse at the data center’s rooftop will also utilize the heat recovery technology in place at PA10. In addition to lowering waste heat emissions, the rooftop garden will help store rainwater and minimize the quantity of water diverted to the sewer.

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“For a long time, the digital revolution has been seen as the cause of change in society. Its importance during the pandemic is an illustration of this: not only did it allow us to continue to work, learn, or be entertained, but it was also essential for economic recovery,” said Régis Castagné, Managing Director for France at Equinix. “At Equinix, we’re working to support this shift, spearheading innovations to address the environmental impact of digital. Indeed, it has become a societal issue that requires, among other things, increased dialogue between industry and local authorities to hasten progress in this area.”

Global Climate Neutrality by 2030

Equinix’s data centers in Paris would benefit from a high degree of carrier connection because of their strategic position in Paris. Many underwater cable networks in the Mediterranean terminate at the metro, connecting providers to Europe from Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific.

Equinix is committed to delivering long-term digital infrastructure and has set science-based aims to achieve global climate neutrality by 2030. The new PA10 data center is being constructed in accordance with international environmental standards, with the goal of earning LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Equinix PA10 aims to use 100 percent renewable energy and implement several sustainability efforts in accordance with ISO 50001, a widely used international standard for energy efficiency.

“In support of the Choose France initiative, today’s investment and expansion serves to bolster the country’s digital infrastructure capabilities, providing local and multi-national corporations with a foundational source of differentiation and the global platform needed to thrive in today’s digital economy,” said Charles Meyers, President and CEO at Equinix.