Global interconnection and data center company, Equinix, will open a new International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Dallas later this year. The new IBX, called DA7, will support growing demand for interconnection in the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area, one of Equinix’s most network-dense locations.
Equinix will invest approximately $20 million in the DA7 facility, which includes an intial phase of 300 cabinets with 800 additional cabinets expected by Q2 2016. At full build the site will have approximately 40,000 square feet of total colocation space and Equinix’s total Dallas footprint will exceed 214,000 square feet of colocation space across six data centers.
Four of Equinix’s existing five Dallas data centers are located within the Dallas Infomart, a 1.6M square foot building with multiple diverse fiber entry points into the building. With close proximity to the Infomart, DA7 will offer connectivity to 275+ customers including leading network and cloud service providers, as well as the Equinix Cloud Exchange.
A Fortune 100 global manufacturing company has committed to 200 cabinets or almost 1 MW of the initial phase of DA7 to support connectivity to Microsoft Azure via the Equinix Cloud Exchange. This deployment enables the customer to meet its changing IT needs by driving innovation in the cloud.
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“We have seen tremendous growth in the Dallas market and DA7 will give businesses increased flexibility to support their ever-changing IT needs,” said Karl Strohmeyer, president, Americas, Equinix. “This includes businesses who need greater flexibility due to business drivers such as the Internet of Things and big data.”
Equinix‘s Dallas data centers house over 100 network service providers, providing network choice and connectivity for 40+ cloud service providers and 30 content and digital media companies including Adobe, AOL, AT&T, China Telecom, Cisco Systems, Comcast, Cox Communications, Level 3 Communications, Sprint, Tata, TeliaSonera, Telefonica, Time Warner Cable, Walmart, XO Communications and Zayo.