Global colocation data center and interconnection provider, Equinix, has announced it will bring the Equinix Internet Exchange to Helsinki, Finland, launching in Q1 2017. Equinix currently operates six data centers in Finland, all in the Helsinki metropolitan area.
Today, the Equinix Internet Exchange handles 5.6 terabits of peak traffic growing at over 35% per year, at 22 Internet Exchange Point (IXP) locations in 19 markets across APAC, North America and Europe. This service would lower overall IP transit costs and delivers enhanced end-to-end network performance, speed and reliability.
“The growth and rapid evolution of the digital economy demands ever-increasing levels of network performance and capacity,” said Eric Schwartz, president EMEA, Equinix. “Equinix will help address this challenge by opening the Equinix Internet Exchange in Helsinki, which will build on the success we’ve had developing Internet Exchanges in Zurich and Paris. This, combined with the power of Platform Equinix, will enable businesses in Finland to meet their global digital transformation objectives and optimize digital relationships.”
Equinix’s six data centers in Finland offer campus and metro-wide connectivity, providing customers with the full range of interconnection options – buying transit from an ISP, using Equinix Internet Exchange for public peering, or peering privately over cross connects – all without having to move equipment or changing data center facilities. Customers would be able to take advantage of cost savings and performance improvements by migrating large public peering partners to private network interconnection with the Equinix campus cross-connect system.
Equinix’s Helsinki data centers are also facilitating Internet connectivity growth locally by anchoring the new Cinia submarine cable system, C-Lion1, between Finland and Germany, providing a bridge between Russia, the Baltic countries, and network nodes in Central Europe.
According to Equinix, C-Lion1 has a capacity of 144 Tbps and a round trip rate of less than 20 milliseconds between Helsinki and Frankfurt. This would enable Equinix customers to take advantage of enhanced international capacity, network latency and performance.