Equinix (Nasdaq: EQIX) has announced the opening of MU4, a new International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Aschheim, Germany, near Munich. The development of the new MU4 colocation data center intends to help local businesses’ rising digital demands, notably in the automotive, industrial, financial, and healthcare sectors.
The first phase of MU4 includes over 825 cabinets of capacity and over 2,250 square meters of colocation space. Equinix has spent approximately $1.6 billion in Germany and has invested $90 million in the new facility. As part of a global network of over 235 data centers in 65 countries, the firm maintains 12 colocation data centers in Munich, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, and Hamburg.
The expansion in in the Munich area enables Equinix customers to benefit from the company’s extensive global ecosystem with colocation and interconnection services as well as partner and services opportunities, which include the software-defined Equinix Fabric service, allowing businesses to connect to major cloud and network providers rapidly and flexibly.
“We provide companies in Munich with the most dynamic digital infrastructure platform available, and want it to be as climate-friendly as feasible,” said Jens-Peter Feidner, Managing Director for Germany at Equinix. “As the first operator in the industry to commit to science-based climate targets, we continuously explore and invest in new climate friendly technologies to further reduce emissions and save resources. On a local level, we are committed to working with operators, political decision-makers, and energy providers to target the long-term challenges of sustainable digitization to the benefit of the surrounding community. This includes design aspects such as the use of greened facades as well as potential measures supporting the energy transition like the use of waste heat.”
Sustainable Development, Renewable Energy
Equinix’s worldwide sustainability policy, which aims for climate-neutral operations by 2030, is reflected in the new MU4 colocation data center. MU4 will have a green façade and a partially planted roof, similar to other new Equinix buildings in Germany. The flora would provide extra natural insulation and cooling while also blending the structure with the surrounding environment.
Furthermore, an Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES) system will be installed during the data center’s next development phase. This would allow thermal energy to be stored and recovered, as well as improve cooling efficiency and reduce the site’s carbon impact. The data center will be fueled entirely by renewable energy obtained through a green power certificate from Mainova, a local supplier. In addition to these steps, Equinix is looking into the possibility of selling waste heat from the MU4 colocation data center to third parties in the future.
“As one of Europe’s major automotive, manufacturing and tech hubs, Munich is home to some of the world’s most innovative businesses,” said Eugene Bergen Henegouwen, President, EMEA, Equinix. “This makes it a key strategic location for us to invest and grow in. We are proud to start the year with the continued expansion of our German data center footprint, and look forward to supporting more businesses in Munich as they accelerate their transformation with a powerful and sustainable digital infrastructure.”