Equinix opens second data center in Geneva, Switzerland

. March 17, 2010 . 0 Comments

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of globaldata center services, today announced the opening of the first phase of itssecond International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center in Geneva, Switzerland. The purpose-builtGV2 IBX data center, Equinix’s fifth in the country, will accommodate demandfor premium colocation and data center services from both local and globalcorporations and banking organizations. The first phase adds 380 cabinets toEquinix’s data center capacity in Geneva and, when fully built out, will total 48,400gross square feet (4,500 gross square meters) with capacity for 760 cabinetequivalents. The addition more than doubles Equinix’s footprint in the city,making it Equinix’s largest IBX in Switzerland. Further phases will open during2010 and will be timed to reflect market demand.

Locatedwest of Geneva’s city center, the new high specification GV2 IBX isconveniently located to transport and airport links and is alreadywell-connected to both metro and regional networks, providing Equinix customerswith a variety of options to access the data center. Customers in the EquinixGV2 IBX can access the Equinix GV1 IBX through diverse fiber paths frommultiple providers, reaching more than 40 additional carriers and serviceproviders which in turn offer network connectivity to the remainder ofSwitzerland and the rest of the world.
Inaddition to providing high-end services to corporations with operations in thecity, the data center will also enable Equinix to continue the expansion of itsinterconnect business as Geneva is a key location between the Mediterraneanfiber landing sites of Marseille, France and Palermo, Italy and the major metropolitanregions of Northern Europe. With 11 carriers, including 022 Télégenève SA –naxoo, Belgacom ICS (International Carrier Services), Cablecom, Cogent, GlobalCrossing, Level 3 Communications, SIG, Sunrise, Via Numerica and VTLWaveNet – partof the Viatel Group, already extending their networks to the new data center,Equinix GV2 IBX is on track to become a major carrier hub for the region. Inaddition, the Equinix GV2 data center will also provide access to the CIXP (CERNInternet Exchange Point) which is co-operated by Equinix and CERN, the EuropeanOrganization for Nuclear Research.
“Geneva isa very strategic market for Equinix,” said Eric Schwartz, president of Equinixin Europe. “Not only is there growing local demand for high specification data centerservices – particularly from the city’s financial sector – the city’s locationbetween Northern and Southern Europe means it is a key peering point for a increasingnumber of network operators. Our high specification, high capacity and network-richGV2 data center more than doubles our capacity in Geneva, providing our existingand prospective customers with the space to support both their current andfuture data center operations.”
The GV2 IBXdata center is part of Equinix’s $1.4 billion 2007-2010 global expansion plan. Thecompany has also announced plans to open a fourth IBX data center in Zurich,expected to open in Q2 2010.

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