Equinix to open $34m data centre in Warsaw

Equinix to open $34m data centre in Warsaw

07 November 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Equinix has today announced that it is developing a new data centre in Warsaw, Poland.

Due to open in Q1 2020, the new WA3 International Business Exchange (IBX) facility will offer both colocation as well as interconnection services to the area.

The new site is set to help Polish businesses to advance their business digitisation and cloud transformation initiatives, as well as enabling global businesses to expand their digital operations.

"For our Polish customers and indeed the market generally, data sovereignty is both topical and a big concern for local organisations,” said Robert Busz (pictured), managing director, Equinix Poland. “WA3 will be a big milestone and aid in further establishing cloud data sovereignty in Poland. Through our interconnection platform, large footprint in WA3 and via ECX Fabric, we can offer a perfect local ecosystem for global cloud service providers."

With the WA3 IBX, Polish businesses will have the ability to use other Equinix solutions including Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric and Equinix SmartKey for security key encryption. WA3 will also offer access to Equinix's Internet Exchange (formerly PLIX) which enables network operators, including ISPs and content providers, to easily and effectively exchange network traffic with over 180 peers.

"The Polish market has recently seen local enterprises and service providers turning more frequently to colocation services as they realise that maintaining mission-critical facilities is a complex and costly endeavour,” added Penny Jones, research director of MTDC & managed services multi-tenant data centre, 451 Research. “This additional investment in Warsaw shows Equinix's commitment to its clientele to support growing demand for interconnected data centres to help enterprises expand their digital edge."

Equinix previously announced that it will invest $45 million over the next five years in a product development centre in Warsaw to design software-defined networking products; develop virtual IT infrastructure capabilities; and perform data science-backed IT infrastructure research aimed at accelerating global digital business. The PDC in Warsaw is one of three global Equinix innovation locations, in addition to Singapore and Silicon Valley.