Equinix invests $200mn in Washington DC area infrastructure
Leading data centre operator Equinix opened another international business exchange (IBX) data centre this week. Located in Loudoun County, Virginia, the facility is the latest in a series of infrastructure projects that Equinix is pursuing in Ashburn’s ‘Data Centre Alley’.
The new facility, DC21, is Equinix’s 16th IBX data centre in the Washington DC area, and its construction brings the company’s total investment in the area’s data centre infrastructure to more than $200mn in 2020 alone.
“Ashburn, in Loudon County just outside of Washington, DC, is a central connectivity hub and critically important to the US cloud and infrastructure story,” commented , adding that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced many operators and enterprises to recognise the need for digitalisation, something which the new facility will help support.
She added: “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 centers that can offer direct connections to the cloud with private on-ramps.”
Equinix’s new Ashburn data centre is built across two storeys, with an emphasis on modular construction techniques that will allow the company to quickly and easily scale capacity up or down to meet consumer demand. Incorporating Equinix’s Flexible Data Centre principles, DC21 utilises common design elements for space, power and cooling to reduce capital costs while ensuring long-term maintenance predictability.
The first phase of construction, which was completed and brought online this week, represents a $95mn investment, and provides over 41,000 square feet of colocation space with an initial capacity of 925 cabinets. Over the course of subsequent phases, the facility is expected to reach a total capacity of 3,100 cabinets spread across more than 124,000 square feet of colocation space.
Earlier this year, Equinix also opened DC15, a $111mn, 1,600 cabinet, hyper-dense data centre in the nearby area.
Along with its Washington DC area expansions, Equinix has also continued to grow outside the US, opening its first IBX data centre in Oman earlier this year. The company currently operates more than 225 IBX data centers across 63 markets and 26 countries.
, commented: “DC continues to prosper as a key digital hub for businesses around the world despite the challenges faced with the COVID-19 pandemic. 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."
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.