Equinix to launch 32,000-sqf data centre in France

Equinix to launch 32,000-sqf data centre in France

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Equinix (Nasdaq: EQIX) will open its first data centre in Bordeaux, France, in Q3 2021.

With direct fibre links to Equinix's International Business Exchange sites in Paris, this new facility, named BX1, will provide global businesses and local authorities located in New Aquitaine with the ability to connect to the world's digital economy, via comprehensive digital ecosystems.

The BX1 data centre will be the first carrier-neutral data centre in Bordeaux and will offer customers resilient colocation and interconnection services, as well as the opportunity to benefit from the 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."

BX1 features a modular design that allows for multiple configurations and scaling of a common model across different footprints. The site is due to provide colocation space of approximately 32,000 sqf.

Equinix said the data centre is being built in line with global environmental standards and will contribute to a portfolio of some of the most energy-efficient data centres in the world.

The company recently joined European cloud infrastructure and data centre providers and European trade associations to form the Climate Neutral Data Centre Operator Pact and Self-Regulatory Initiative.

"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 centre 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 fibre links to our sites in Paris, companies deploying in BX1 will have direct and secure connections to a comprehensive digital ecosystem."

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