Equinix, global colocation and interconnection provider with data centers available in 48 markets across five continents, has announced the opening of its newest International Business Exchange (IBX) data center at its Ashburn campus in Virginia.
The first phase this new Equinix data center named DC12 will add 1,500 cabinets and more than 57,800 gross square feet of colocation data center space, and provides campus cross-connectivity. At full build, the new data center will provide capacity for approximately 3,000 cabinets. With the addition of DC12, Equinix now operates 14 IBX data centers in the Washington, D.C. area.
Part of the Equinix Ashburn campus in Northern Virginia, one of the most network-dense Equinix locations worldwide and a strategic communications hub for the eastern United States, customers can choose from a broad range of network services from more than 200 providers as well as the leading cloud platforms. This includes AWS Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Oracle Cloud and others (through the Equinix Cloud Exchange and direct connect services).
“The Equinix Ashburn campus features one of the highest densities of networks and cloud providers within our global platform of IBX data centers,” said Karl Strohmeyer, President, Americas, Equinix. “Interconnection opportunities for enterprises and government agencies across the Washington, D.C. metro are immense and will enable customers to accelerate their digital transformation.”
$1 Billion Investment
Since its founding, Equinix has invested nearly $1 billion to build and expand its presence in the Washington, D.C. metro area, which is one of the world’s largest concentration of data centers. Equinix has purchased four additional parcels of land spanning 34.5 acres for future expansion as needed.
In addition to its Washington, D.C. area data centers, Equinix also operates a data center campus in Culpeper, VA, that was acquired earlier this year from Verizons. This campus is strategically located at a 60 miles distance from Washington, D.C.
“Northern Virginia is the largest data center market in the U.S. and attracts data center tenants from around the world that require interconnection to an extensive ecosystem of cloud and network providers,” said Kelly Morgan, Research Vice President, Services, 451 Research. “We believe the region will continue to see rapid growth as data centers race to provide capacity for fast-growing cloud service providers and the digital businesses that seek to connect to these clouds. Equinix’s Ashburn campus embodies the kind of facility that is able to provide interconnection opportunities to businesses that need to improve their overall performance. The Equinix Washington, D.C. data centers are examples of how interconnection is evolving to help companies accelerate their digital transformation.”