Equinix progresses in its pan-Indian expansion
The global interconnection company has recently agreed to a cash sum to acquire the Indian operations of GPX Global Systems. This acquisition will see the company expand into the Indian market, allowing global customers to access a fast developing market as well as the world’s fifth largest economy.
India is one of the most rapidly growing markets in the world and has experienced a significant digital revolution. In 2019, India became the fifth largest economy, overtaking the United Kingdom and France and the country also boasts the second largest internet consumption in the world.
According to the latest findings, India’s data centre market is believed to generate more than US$1 billion and grow at a rate of 12% until 2024.
All of this makes India a great market for Equinix to get involved with. The opportunities that accompany the adoption of 4G and 5G connectivity in the region will also prove beneficial to the new data centre facilities. Cloud service providers are also cropping up all over the area as India’s cloud market goes from strength to strength. This is due to the increasing demand for hybrid multi clouds as the country see’s an increase in the need for a mixture of on-site premises and cloud platforms.
The two Mumbai GPX data centres serve as the ideal location for Equinix’s growing customer base. They host many international and local companies and are key interconnecting sites for many different carriers, content providers and delivery networks. The high quality of these facilities has led to the company being dubbed as the “Equinix of India”.
The future of Equinix and its customers
By entering into the India market, Equinix is allowing its existing customers to become a part of the ever growing economy. They also have a desire to help local companies expand on their digital transformation through their 210 International Business ExchangeTM (IBX®) data centers. This will allow new, local companies to benefit from Equinix’s extensive business portfolio and allow them to connect to carriers and networks globally.
With the ever changing digital landscape and needs of the 21st century, this acquisition will allow Equinix to keep up with these demands whilst also allowing them to grow their business and global awareness.
This dedication to expanding their footprint has been reflected in many ways, such as the opening of sites in Melbourne and Singapore, as well as the company’s planned expansion to Canada and Mexico.
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.