Equinix, the global interconnection and data center company, announced its plans to further expand its footprint in Hong Kong. It will invest over $40 million to build the third phase of its second International Business Exchange (IBX) data center (HK2). Equinix will also build the ninth phase of its first data center (HK1).
The new facilities would meet strong demand from cloud and content and digital media (CDM) companies looking for data center and interconnection services in Hong Kong.
Located in the western part of Hong Kong, the third phase of HK2 will provide space for an additional 900 cabinets, bringing the total capacity of the data center to 2,350 cabinets. It is slated to open in Q4, 2015, in conjunction with the additional phase of HK1-IX, which will add 275 cabinets.
Equinix Hong Kong’s content and digital media customer base grew 16 percent year-over-year in 2014. Content companies such as ChinaCache, Casale Media and MediaMath are deploying with Equinix Hong Kong to access its network-dense ecosystem of more than 1,000 networks, carriers, mobile providers and internet service providers (ISPs), such as China Unicom.
Content companies are also deploying with Equinix to develop agile, hybrid cloud environments with access to multiple clouds including Microsoft Azure, AWS and Google Cloud Platform and networks via Equinix Cloud Exchange.
The expansion of Equinix’s footprint in Hong Kong is the latest in a series of expansions across Asia-Pacific to meet the rising demand for interconnection services. Most recently in March 2015, Equinix opened its third Singapore data center (SG3) and its first data center in Melbourne (ME1) in December 2014.
“With the strong momentum of cloud and content companies deploying in Hong Kong, as well as data center services demand from worldwide customers including many in China, it was a clear strategic business decision to expand our presence in Hong Kong,” said Alex Tam, managing director, Equinix Hong Kong. “The investment in HK1 and HK2 further positions Hong Kong as an important regional hub, not only for financial services firms but for cloud and content companies as well.”