Interconnection and colocation data center company, Equinix, has announced an expansion in Hong Kong with the opening of its fifth International Business Exchange (IBX®) data center, known as Equinix HK5.
Built in close proximity to financial data center hubs and subsea landing stations, the new $32 million Equinix facility is tailor-made to meet demand for interconnection from the city’s financial services firms and other industries. It is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Located in the heart of Hong Kong’s financial data center nexus of Tseung Kwan O, the eight-story data center facility is purpose-built, designed from the ground up to satisfy the stringent regulatory requirements imposed on financial services firms. With more than 48,000 square feet of colocation space, HK5 will add 1,200 cabinets to Equinix’s footprint in the city upon completion. Located in a brand-new building in an area specifically zoned for data center use, Equinix HK5 would offer “unique scalability, reliability and high-performance colocation and interconnection services.”
Equinix HK5 is connected to HK1, HK2 and HK3 via diverse path fiber connections, creating a digital campus that would allow customers residing in HK5 to reap the benefits of other Equinix IBXs in the city. This would also make HK5 an ideal backup and/or expansion location for customers already deploying in other Equinix Hong Kong data centers.
HK5 employs green features including granular temperature monitoring, cold aisle containment and optimized lighting control to deliver a high degree of energy efficiency. In line with the Equinix sustainability philosophy, the new data center would have a small environmental footprint, with an annual average PUE (power usage efficiency) as low as 1.45.
Apart from HK5, Equinix recently announced a series of expansions in Asia-Pacific, including Hong Kong, Melbourne, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. With the addition of HK5, Equinix will have 30 IBX data centers in Asia-Pacific, and its total global footprint will cover more than 180 IBX data centers across 44 markets.