Equinix spends $200m on Washington DC data centre expansions

Equinix spends $200m on Washington DC data centre expansions

17 November 2020 | Abigail Opiah

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Equinix (Nasdaq: EQIX) has announced further expansion in the Washington, D.C. area, opening its 16th International Business Exchange data centre, DC21.

With the addition of DC21, as well as the opening of the DC15 data centre earlier this year, Equinix has invested more than $200 million in the Washington, D.C. area in 2020.

The company said the new facilities strengthen Equinix’s position as a digital infrastructure and service provider in the Washington, D.C. metro area offering businesses.

Equinix’s newest Washington, D.C. data centres are part of the company’s data centre campus in Ashburn, Virginia.

The expansion of its Ashburn Campus will provide Equinix additional capacity to respond to accelerating customer demand within the growing enterprise, government, cloud and financial services industries.

“D.C. continues to prosper as a key digital hub for businesses around the world despite the challenges faced with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jon Lin, President, Americas, Equinix.

“Our continued expansion in this important metro creates more opportunities for businesses to leverage Platform Equinix as the central component to their digital foundation while enabling them to grow and scale at software speed.”

DC21 is a two-story data centre designed to deliver both small and large capacity deployments.

The $95 million first phase of DC21 will provide more than 41,000 sqf of colocation space, offering an initial capacity of 925 cabinets.

Upon completion of the planned future phases, DC21 is expected to provide total capacity of 3,100 cabinet equivalents and colocation space of more than 124,000 sqf.

The $111 million first phase of DC15 opened in Q2 2020 with an initial capacity of 1,600 cabinet equivalents and colocation space of approximately 23,000 square feet.

“Ashburn, in Loudon County just outside of Washington, D.C., is a central connectivity hub and critically important to the U.S. cloud and infrastructure story,” said Kelly Morgan, Research Director at 451 Research, part of S&P Global Market Intelligence.

“Enterprises that previously did not see a need to improve networks may now, as a result of the pandemic, be open to new approaches and ready to try network hubs.

“This is placing an increased focus on data centres that can offer direct connections to the cloud with private on-ramps.”