Global colocation and interconnection company Equinix has announced an expansion of its European data center presence with the development of a new data center in Warsaw, Poland. The opening of this colocation facility is planned for Q1 2020. The first phase of this new data center build, called Equinix WA3, will add 475 cabinets and more than 1,400m2 (15,200 sq. ft.) of colocation data center space. 

The Equinix WA3 data center would incorporate many of the latest standards in building innovation. For example, the facility will include a mist system for fire suppression.

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“Equinix WA3 will be a big milestone and aid in further establishing cloud data sovereignty in Poland,” said Robert Busz, Managing Director, Equinix Poland.

Equinix’s Warsaw data centers offer dense concentrations of telecommunications, cloud and IT services, and financial services companies. Equinix has over 350 customers in Warsaw today with more than 190 network service providers, and over 60 cloud service providers. This rich business ecosystem would provide the opportunity for businesses to directly connect with one another “in a secured environment with increased performance.”

“The Polish market has recently seen local enterprises and service providers turning more frequently to colocation services as they realize that maintaining mission-critical facilities is a complex and costly endeavor,” said Penny Jones, Research Director — MTDC & Managed Services Multi-Tenant Datacenter, 451 Research. “This additional investment in Warsaw shows Equinix’s commitment to its clientele to support growing demand for interconnected data centers to help enterprises expand their digital edge.”

With the Equinix WA3 data center, Polish businesses will have the ability to leverage other Equinix solutions including Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric) and Equinix SmartKey for security key encryption. WA3 will also offer access to Equinix’s Internet Exchange (formerly PLIX) which enables network operators, including ISPs and content providers, to “easily and effectively” exchange network traffic with over 180 peers.

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Equinix previously announced that it will invest $45 million over the next five years in a Product Development Center in Warsaw. Here, Equinix is planning to design advanced, customer-inspired, software-defined networking products and virtual IT infrastructure capabilities. The facility is also intended to perform data science-backed IT infrastructure research aimed at accelerating global digital business. The PDC in Warsaw is one of three Equinix innovation locations of its kind globally, in addition to Singapore and Silicon Valley.

“For our Polish customers and indeed the market generally, data sovereignty is both topical and a big concern for local organizations,” said Robert Busz, Managing Director, Equinix Poland. “WA3 will be a big milestone and aid in further establishing cloud data sovereignty in Poland. Through our interconnection platform, large footprint in WA3 and via ECX Fabric, we can offer a perfect local ecosystem for global cloud service providers.”

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