Equinix and GIC to expand xScale data centre programme
Equinix has today announced it is to add a US3.9nb expansion to the xScale data centre programme following agreements for additional facilities in partnership with Singapore’s wealth fund, GIC. Once completed, it is expected that the xScale portfolio will bring US$6.9bn across 32 facilities.
According to Equinix, the xScale data centres serve the unique core workload deployment needs of hyperscale companies, in cloud service providers. The Xscale portfolio plans to provide more than 600 megawatts of power capacity once constructed.
Talking about the programme and its partners, Charles Meyers, CEO of Equinix: “For years, the world's largest cloud service providers, including Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, have partnered with Equinix to leverage its global platform of more than 220 data centres to directly connect to their strategic business partners and customers. With our xScale program, these hyperscalers can continue to grow at Equinix while in close proximity to an ecosystem of 10,000 customers”.
“The joint venture arrangement of xScale enables these large deployments to be structured in an off-balance sheet model that aims to preserve capital for investment in our traditional retail data centre and digital infrastructure business and maintain our strategic and financial flexibility”.
The global outreach of the Xscale data centre programme
The 32 facilities part of the xScale data centre programme will be spread across three regions. These are:
- Europe: Dublin (three xScale data centres), Frankfurt (five xScale data centres), Helsinki (one xScale data centre), London (two xScale data centres), Madrid (two xScale data centres), Milan (one xScale data centre), Paris (four xScale data centres) and Warsaw (one xScale data centre)
- Asia-Pacific: Osaka (three xScale data centres) and Tokyo (three xScale data centres)
- Americas: Mexico City (one xScale data centre) and São Paulo (three xScale data centres)
- Three additional sites are expected to be announced at a future date
Talking about how Equinix plans to progress its hybrid and multi-cloud adoption, Jabez Tan, Head of Research, Structure Research, said: “By building upon the xScale portfolio, Equinix is well-positioned to further accelerate the adoption of hybrid and multi-cloud as the IT architecture of choice for today's businesses, while meeting hyperscalers' needs for operational reliability, global reach and interconnectivity to rich ecosystems that are critical to serving their customers worldwide”.
The xScale data centre programme is expected to be completed in several stages throughout 2021. Under the agreement, GIC will own an 80% equity stake in the venture, while Equinix will own the remaining 20%.
Microsoft hyperscale plans prompt Lab3 New Zealand launch
Lab3, an Australian cloud migration specialist, has announced it is launching in New Zealand after being prompted by a surge in demand for cloud services and Microsoft’s investment into hyperscale data centres.
The company, which was founded in 2017, has appointed David Boyes as Chief Executive Officer and Rich Anderson as Chief Operating Officer. According to Companies Office records, Boyes and Anderson each have a 10% share in Lab3’s New Zealand business. Commenting on cloud migration, Boyes said: “Across New Zealand, in government and every industry sector, organisations are looking to migrate to the cloud to modernise their technology environments.” He added that the Coronavirus pandemic was fuelling a “ need to tap into the power of data, facilitate remote work and meet public expectations of a virtual world.”
Chris Cook, Group CEO of Lab3 said the business was "first and foremost about client success" which drives the company’s product innovation and motivation to expand into New Zealand. “We look forward to working closely with Microsoft to deliver more for New Zealand clients,” he said.
Microsoft’s New Zealand hyperscale data centre investment plan
Microsoft’s investment into a hyperscale data centre region in New Zealand meant the resulting facilities will aim to provide several organisations with access to the security and scalability of a public cloud without sending data offshore.
Vanessa Sorenson, Managing Director of Microsoft New Zealand, said: “We’ve seen a tremendous acceleration in cloud migration over the past year as organisations have responded to global disruption and conversely, recognised the global opportunities a digital operation brings.
“Our research with IDC shows public cloud technologies are set to create 102,000 local jobs and add [NZ]$30 billion to the New Zealand economy over the next four years, so we’re delighted to welcome a partner of LAB3’s calibre to New Zealand, to help more organisations realise those gains even faster," she added.
Lab3’s clients include several fintech organisations, a global software vendor, Australian federal and state government agencies, and insurance and banking corporations. The company employs over 200 staff and has three advanced specialisations across migrations, Azure virtual desktop, and security.