Equinix invests £61mn in Manchester data centre
Equinix, a leading data centre provider and digital infrastructure provider, has today announced plans to build a new International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre in Manchester.
The new facility, called MA5, will be located in Manchester’s Agecroft Commerce Park in Salford. It is Equinix’s fifth data centre in the Greater Manchester area and is scheduled to open in the second quarter of next year.
Russell Poole, Managing Director, UK, Equinix, said: “This new investment is a significant addition to our existing portfolio in the UK. The site will cater to the growing number of enterprises—both regionally and internationally—that require ultra-low-latency connectivity to remain competitive. MA5 forms part of a wider investment in the UK’s digital infrastructure, and further cements Britain’s position as one of the most important markets globally to do business.”
Lorraine Wilkinson, Vice President of Sales, UK, Equinix, noted: “With a rich industrial history, Manchester has long been one of the UK’s leading cities for business, catering to globally renowned companies and start-ups looking to grow and scale their operations. MA5 will provide high-speed connectivity to the North of England, facilitating the next generation of digital transformation within the region. The new site will bring Equinix’s total investment in Manchester to over £130mn, and £1bn+ in the UK’s digital infrastructure as a whole.”
MA5 has been designed for high-density deployments in support of digital transformation projects across industries. It will offer state-of-the-art colocation, interconnection and edge services, including Equinix Fabric, Equinix Internet Exchange and Network Edge nodes, making MA5 an attractive new interconnection hub and remote geo-redundant deployment location for London.
UK Science and Innovation Minister George Freeman, said: “The UK is one of the world’s most digitally advanced economies. Through government and industry working together, we are investing in new 5G and next-generation digital technologies to support UK businesses to build back better from the pandemic.
“Equinix’s new Manchester data centre will not only help to create well-paying jobs across Manchester and the wider North West, but will also make sure businesses have the digital technology needed to succeed and grow in global markets.”
- Equinix’s new flagship site in Manchester will offer premium colocation and interconnection services for customers. The Phase 1 build will provide 3,600 m2 colocation space. Upon completion of all planned phases, the full site is expected to provide 6,480 m2 of colocation space, with 2,000 cabinets. MA5 is due to have excellent connectivity to the MA1/MA4 Campus, MA3, and Equinix’s London and Dublin IBX and xScale™ sites.
- Equinix is a leader in data centre sustainability and has recently announced its global science-based targets, committing to reach climate-neutral by 2030. Equinix’s long-term goal of using 100% clean and renewable energy for its global platform has resulted in significant increases in renewable energy coverage globally. Equinix has continued to make advancements in the way it designs, builds and operates its data centres with high energy-efficiency standards achieved. MA5 will be designed with the aim to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified
- Equinix currently holds the DPP Committed to Sustainability mark. The accreditation is part of the DPP's Committed to Sustainability program, recognising commitment to continuous improvement in environmental sustainability practices. Findings from the Equinix 2020-21 Global Tech Trends Survey revealed almost 6 out of 10 (58%) respondents in the UK (53% globally) believe their customers want them to demonstrate the sustainability of their IT infrastructure.
Manchester is Europe’s second-largest creative, digital, and media hub
Manchester is Europe’s second-largest creative, digital and media hub, housing MediaCity UK—one of the world’s most advanced media centres and home to the BBC’s headquarters. The city has a fast-growing technology scene, noted for eCommerce, and an emerging start-up ecosystem.
It is also home to low-latency connectivity through network routes to the United States and has access to international subsea cables via Ireland and the West of England.