Data center company Equinix has announced it is expanding its Rio de Janeiro data center known as RJ2 International Business Exchange (IBX). This new phase of expansion is scheduled to open in Q3 of this year. Equinix invested $24M to open the RJ2 data center in September 2013, and will invest an additional $17M in this new phase.
Located in the northern area of Rio de Janeiro, colocation facility RJ2 is home to the densest concentration of the country’s largest network carriers and currently more than 1,500 companies are colocated in Equinix’s facilities in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janiero. The new phase will increase capacity by 310 cabinets for a total of 630 cabinets.
This new phased build out of RJ2 is one of many expansions in Equinix’s growing global platform of more than 100 colocation facilities. Earlier this month Equinix announced that it is boosting interconnection capacity by opening new data centers in five major markets including London, Melbourne, New York, Singapore and Toronto.
Many companies that are already customers in other regions are looking to move into the Brazil market utilizing our global platform – Platform Equinix,” said Eduardo Carvalho, managing director, Equinix Brazil. “As a result, we are accelerating local investments in order to meet this international and regional demand. We already have 72 customers installed in the 320 cabinets of the first phase. The expansion will nearly double capacity and we expect to keep up with this accelerated pace.”