Equinix embarks on $39mn expansion in Finland
Global data centre leader Equinix, Inc has announced a significant expansion of its presence in the nordics. The company announced on Monday that it will invest €32mn ($38.86mn) to increase capacity at two of its international business exchange (IBX) data centres near the Finnish capital of Helsinki.
The new cash injection brings Equinix’s total investment in its Finnish data centre footprint to approximately €147mn.
The two facilities, and , will have their collective capacity boosted by 800 cabinets. Both IBX facilities have N+1 power and cooling redundancy and provide connectivity across Scandinavia, the Baltics and Russia. Equinix has seven IBX data centres in Finland, part of the company’s global footprint of more than 220 data centres across 63 major metro areas around the world.
The expansion of HE5 and HE7 is in response to strong growth exhibited by the Finnish and wider nordic market, driven both by the expansion of Industry 4.0 and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“The pace of digitisation worldwide, including in Finland, has greatly accelerated in the past few years. The COVID-19 pandemic has further contributed to this, with many digital transformation plans implemented more quickly than companies had originally anticipated was necessary,” commented Sami Holopainen, Equinix’s Managing Director for Finland.
He added that, “Customer demand in Finland continues to grow, which is why we are investing in additional capacity to further support the technological developments of companies operating here. As an important part of Equinix’s global platform, we are well equipped to help our customers in their digitisation efforts”.
Judith Gardiner, Equinix’s Vice President of Growth and Emerging Markets, commented: “Finland is an excellent location for Equinix. The cool Nordic climate is a tremendous asset in reducing the need for cooling power, and its connectivity to other markets, particularly Eastern Europe, very much supports digital business options.
“In the near future, Finland will also have the shortest latency route between Europe and Asia-Pacific, when the Arctic Connect Cable project, led by the Cinia Alliance, is complete. Meanwhile, the expansion of HE5 and HE7 is a part of an ongoing growth strategy in the region.”
NKG1 opens BDx Nanjing data centre campus
Big Data Exchange (BDx), a pan-Asian data centre company has launched its Nanjing data centre campus in China with the opening of its first facility, NKG1. The company said they “celebrated” the launch of the campus, located in the Yangtze River Delta, one of the nation's richest regions and its largest import and export base.
Following its certificate of completion from the Urban and Rural Construction Bureau of Jiangning District in Nanjing City, the NKG1 campus is “now serving customers”. Construction on the Nanjing campus began in February last year.
"We worked through the challenges of completing a major construction project during the peak of the pandemic because customers were anticipating this launch to support an unprecedented surge of growth and capacity requirements”, said Bill Gao, EVP & Chief Executive Officer of BDx Greater China.
"The launch of NKG1 enables BDx to have new world-class data centre infrastructure in China. It also lays a solid foundation for BDx to provide OTTs, financial services institutions, and Fortune 500 MNC customers with high reliability, high redundancy, and low latency solutions”, he added.
What does the NKG1 data centre include?
According to BDx, the NKG1 facility is the first data centre in the city to earn the Uptime Institute Tier III Certification of Design Documents and offers 4MW of IT power for colocation. NKG1 is powered by two separate 10-kilovolt feeders from two substations that aim to provide the NKG campus with 60MVA of total power sanctioned from the grid.
During COVID-19, BDx says that its design and construction team focused on safety to ensure that the project was completed safely and without incident. This enabled the company to add critical capacity to this region and respond to the accelerated shift to digital environments that caused a surge in demand for data center services. “Research shows that demand hasn't dropped as the economy reopens”, BDx said.
The launch of NKG2
Due to rising demand in China’s data centre market, BDx plans to launch the second phase of its Nanjing campus, NKG2, by the end of this year. “NKG2 is designed to be minimally manned and almost lights-out — a reigning philosophy across BDx's data center cluster. In addition, its highly automated features make for a more sustainable data center environment”, the company said.