Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQIX), a leading provider of global data centre services, today announced that it is constructing a fourth International Business Exchangeâ¢ (IBX) data centre in the Paris metropolitan area. The new data centre (PA4), scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2012, will further extend Platform Equinix in Europe to meet strong demand for premium interconnection and colocation services in Paris and across the region.
The location of PA4, near the centre of Paris, will be highly attractive to customers, particularly as future data centre developments are expected to face long lead-times to secure power in and around the city. Equinix has experienced sustained growth for its data centre services in Paris, with the first phase of its PA3 IBX centre, which opened in April 2010, now effectively full, and the second phase, due to open in the second quarter of 2011, expected to be full by the time the new PA4 centre opens. Equinix customers are already recognising PA4âs strategic importance in their long-term data centre plans, with 20 percent of the space available in the first phase already sold.
âParis is a growing market for Equinix due to its strategic location in the world economy and the superior performance of our data centre design and operations. We continue to invest in Paris, and across Europe, to keep pace with the strong demand weâve seen in this market,â said Eric Schwartz, President, Europe, at Equinix. âThe new Paris IBX is an important addition that will support our growing base of network, financial, content, enterprise, and cloud and IT services customers and will further extend our leadership position in the European market.â
As with the other IBXs in Paris, PA4 will benefit from a high level of carrier connectivity combined with the Equinix Carrier Ethernet Exchange and Equinix Internet Exchange, making PA4 an ideal place to procure competitive bandwidth costs and optimise network performance. It will be built out in phases, eventually adding a total of more than 11,000 square meters of space and more than 4,500 cabinet equivalents, positioning Equinix to be the leading data centre provider in the French market. The first phase of the project, which will provide more than 1,500 cabinet equivalents when complete, is expected to cost approximately $145 million (the majority of which will be used to purchase the site and support the development of all three phases), with much of the investment occurring in 2012. The facility will be built using the latest energy efficient technologies and meet ISO9001 certification.