Global data center colocation and interconnection provider Equinix has planned to open its first data center in Bordeaux, France, in Q3 2021. With direct fiber links to Equinix’s International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Paris, this new colocation facility – named BX1 – features a modular design and is due to provide colocation space of approximately 32,000 square feet (3,000 square meters).
The Equinix BX1 colocation facility is being built in line with global environmental standards and would contribute to a portfolio of some of the most energy-efficient data centers in the world. The BX1 data center is due to utilize 100% renewable energy, with a decoupled energy platform supporting multiple power sources.
“The development of BX1 is part of our ongoing commitment to the French market, further supporting the growth of the local digital economy and digital transformation strategies,” said Régis Castagné, Managing Director, France, Equinix. “It is an exciting project, bringing the first edge computing-led data center to the area, and also providing a connectivity hub for the AMITIE cable. By locating in Bordeaux, we are hoping to make the New Aquitaine region a model for innovation, addressing technological issues and capturing the opportunities of digital business. With fiber links to our sites in Paris, companies deploying in BX1 will have direct and secure connections to a comprehensive digital ecosystem.”
Equinix Data Centers in Paris
As a connectivity hub, Equinix BX1 would offer colocation clients secured and resilient colocation and interconnection services, as well as the opportunity to benefit from the company’s comprehensive digital ecosystems housed in Equinix’s Paris sites, via Equinix Fabric.
“The addition of the new Bordeaux metro is another strategic expansion of Platform Equinix, further supporting our more than 10,000 customers worldwide,” said Eugene Bergen Henegouwen, President, EMEA, Equinix. “The Bordeaux hub will serve as one of the key connectivity points to Paris with its rich wide-ranging digital ecosystems. BX1 aims to greatly increase international expansion opportunities for French companies, whilst providing a major connectivity hub from and to the French and global digital economy.”