IXcellerate begins construction on 200MW campus in Moscow
The campus will comprise several data centres, the first of which, Moscow Five, will come online in Q3 of this year, with an initial deployed capacity of 4MW and Tier III certification from the Uptime Institute. In early 2022, a further 8MW will be brought online. Upon completion, the campus will have a total capacity of 200MW, making it the largest data centre campus in Russia to date.
“We are proud to announce the largest expansion step in IXcellerate history – it underlines our commitment to helping the next generation of Russia’s tech entrepreneurs alongside the country’s accelerating public sector digitalisation,” commented IXcellerate’s chairman and CEO, Guy Wilner.
"We believe this next step in our growth will allow both enterprises and federal bodies to further harness technology to help create a greener future. In tandem with sustainability, data sovereignty is a major issue across the planet and our datacentres allow companies to fully comply with privacy and localisation laws whilst also providing the fastest, lowest latency access possible to Russia’s over 100 million Internet users. Ten years of experience, powerful infrastructure, investor support and the trust of our many Russian and international clients and partners give us grounds to be confident that our main goal – to become the best datacentre operator in Russia – will be achieved."
In a with Data Centre Magazine, WIlner explained that, over the course of its 10 year history, IXcellerate - which has its headquarters in London - has “come from being the outsider, the foreign incomer, to being the number two data centre player in the whole of the Russian Federation.”
IXcellerate’s move to the number two position in the Russian market was announced in November of last year, and reportedly due to the company’s opening of its second data centre, Moscow Two, a 1480 rack facility located at the company’s flagship campus in the north of Moscow, which brought the company’s rack capacity to 3315 racks.
Only native russian data centre operator DataLine offers more, with a capacity of 11,497 racks. If IXcellerate’s build out of the new campus continues as planned, it could go a long way towards closing that gap. IXcellerate’s new south Moscow campus plans to offer approximately 20,000 rack spaces upon full build out, putting it well ahead of DataLine and potentially moving the company into the position of Russia’s largest data centre operator.
Beyond Moscow, IXcellerate reportedly has plans to expand into St Petersburg, with Wilner telling that "it is likely IXcellerate will open St. Petersburg at some point and also look east during 2022/23 as there are over a dozen cities with a population over a million in Russia."
Equinix: Digital leaders expect changes to working patterns
A global report released by Equinix has revealed that digital leaders expect long-term changes to the way people work.
As part of the report, the data infrastructure company surveyed 2,600 IT decision-makers from several different businesses spanning 26 countries in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions. The study also highlighted the biggest technology trends affecting global businesses and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted digital infrastructure plans.
Talking about companies’ expansion strategies, Claire Macland, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Equinix, said: “Many companies are now investing more in their digital infrastructure to enable them to embrace a hybrid working model and thrive in the new world of work we all find ourselves in.
“Despite headwinds in many sectors, many organizations are continuing to expand physically and virtually into new markets and regions around the world”, she said.
The report drew the following conclusions:
- 64% of the 2,600 digital leaders surveyed believed there will be “long-term changes to both how and where people will work in the future.
- 57% of global companies intend to expand into new regions despite the effects of the pandemic
- 51% of businesses worldwide say they have rearchitected their IT infrastructure so that it can meet the demands of remote and hybrid working. Digital transformation has also been accelerated due to an increase in businesses’ technology budgets.
How might digital transformation be affected post-pandemic?
COVID-19 has demanded that companies make several changes to the way that they operate, including digital transformation. According to the study, 47% of those surveyed reported that they have accelerated their digital transformation plans because of the Coronavirus pandemic. A further 42% of organisations said their budgets have increased to keep up with the growth of digital transformation.
Another change in adapting to the pandemic was to businesses’ IT strategies with six in 10 companies saying that it has been revised in response to the situation. 58% said they are looking to invest in technology to “improve agility’ post-COVID.
When asked about their priorities for their digital strategy, 80% of respondents said that digitising their infrastructure was of utmost importance, while 57% viewed interconnection as a ‘key facilitator’ of digital transformation.
"This increasing focus on digitization and expansion is one of the reasons why Equinix has continued to invest in its own growth. We completed 16 new expansions in 2020—our most active build year ever—and expect to continue to evolve Platform Equinix to support our customers as they continue on their digital transformation journey”, said Claire Macland.
Potential concerns disperse over expansion plans being halted by COVID-19
The study has also revealed that organisations’ previous concerns that the pandemic will negatively affect their business expansion plans have been lessened.
57% of businesses have said that they “still have plans” to expand into new regions and of that percentage, nearly two-thirds (63%) plan to do so virtually instead of investing in physical IT infrastructure.
The full Equinix report can be found here.