Equinix to launch 4 global IBXs and invest $4.5 billion

03 March 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe


Equinix is to open four International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres in four continents and invest more than $4.5 billion in Platform Equinix, its 2016 expansion plan reveals.

The launch of the data centres in Tokyo, Dallas, São Paulo and Sydney this year will create 4,000 new cabinets of capacity for global companies to better connect. It will also add nearly 200,000 square feet of new data centre space, bringing its global footprint to 14 million square feet.

The SP3 facility in São Paulo will double the company’s capacity in Brazil, the TY5 IBX in Tokyo represents its fifth centre in the city, and Equinix’s colocation space will be doubled in Sydney through the SY4 data centre, which will also have access to southern cross cable head, providing extensive network interconnection in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

“Global businesses are increasingly realising that interconnection is essential to deliver a rich, ubiquitous user experience, with the agility and actionable insight to enable new business models and enhanced productivity,” said Steve Smith, president and CEO of Equinix.

“Our focus on continually expanding our global interconnection platform means that wherever you grow, we’ll be there.”

Equinix announced it will also invest more than $4.5 billion in 2016 acquisitions and organic growth. The figure includes the $3.8 billion purchase price for TelecityGroup Europe, completed in January 2016. The company said the acquisition will add more than three million square feet of colocation space in 37 data centres, expanding its global interconnection platform to nearly 150 data centres by the end of 2016.