Global colocation and interconnection provider Equinix has announced plans to develop a new International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Salford, Manchester, United Kingdom. Manchester, being the UK’s second-largest city, is strategically located at the crossroads of the UK’s robust ‘figure-of-eight’ fibre-optic network. The new Equinix IBX, dubbed MA5, will be Equinix’s fifth colocation data center in the Greater Manchester area. It will open in Q2 2022.
Manchester is one of Europe’s largest creative, digital, and media hubs. It houses MediaCity UK, one of the world’s most sophisticated media centers as well as the headquarters of the BBC. The city would boast a burgeoning technological environment, which is known for its ecommerce, as well as a burgeoning start-up ecosystem. Low-latency connectivity to the United States is available via network pathways, and it has access to international subsea cables via Ireland and the West of England.
“With a rich industrial history, Manchester has long been one of the UK’s leading cities for business, catering to globally renowned companies and start-ups looking to grow and scale their operations,” said Lorraine Wilkinson, Vice President of Sales, UK, Equinix. “MA5 will provide high-speed connectivity to the North of England, facilitating the next generation of digital transformation within the region. The new site will bring Equinix’s total investment in Manchester to over £130 million, and more than £1 billion in the UK’s digital infrastructure as a whole.”
3,600 Square Meters of Colocation Space
The first phase of construction of this new data center in Manchester will provide 3,600 square meters of colocation space. The entire site is intended to provide 6,480 m2 of colocation space with 2,000 cabinets if all scheduled phases are completed. MA5 is expected to have good connection to the MA1/MA4 Campus, MA3, and Equinix’s IBX and xScale locations in London and Dublin.
Equinix’s new MA5 data center was created for high-density deployments in support of digital transformation programs across a wide range of sectors. MA5 will provide “cutting-edge” colocation, interconnection, and edge services, such as Equinix Fabric, Equinix Internet Exchange, and Network Edge nodes, making it a desirable new interconnection hub and remote geo-redundant deployment option for London.
“This new investment is a significant addition to our existing portfolio in the UK,” said Russell Poole, Managing Director, UK, Equinix. “The site will cater to the growing number of enterprises – both regionally and internationally – that require ultra-low-latency connectivity to remain competitive. MA5 forms part of a wider investment in the UK’s digital infrastructure, and further cements Britain’s position as one of the most important markets globally to do business.”