Oct 6, 2020

Equinix and Omantel launch new data centre in Muscat

Data Centres
Networking
Telecoms
Harry Menear
2 min
The 23,600 square foot facility is Equinix’s first data centre in Oman
The 23,600 square foot facility is Equinix’s first data centre in Oman...

Equinix and Omani telecom operator Omantel have opened a new data centre in the city of Muscat. Announced on Monday, the new facility is Equinix’s first in Oman, a country experiencing significant IT infrastructure growth and increasing digitisation across its economy. 

It is Equinix’s fourth data centre in the Middle Eastern region. 

"As IP traffic growth continues to accelerate, it is more important than ever that the IP peering community has a scalable, reliable and globally consistent Internet Exchange solution in all markets where they want to peer traffic,” commented Kamel Al-Tawil, managing director for MENA, Equinix in a statement. 

“Oman is strategically positioned between Asia, Africa and Europe, and with our partnership with Omantel, we intend to create a hub that will allow drivers of internet traffic to efficiently peer, and expand operations across the world".

The new facility, Equinix MC1, spans 23,600 square feet of colocation space and is home to 725 cabinets providing the first world-class, carrier-neutral hub in Oman, according to the company. When fully built out, MC1 will have a total capacity of more than 2,150 colocation cabinets. 

The facility is directly connected to Omantel’s undersea cable network, which reaches over 50 countries via a network of 20 undersea cables and seven landing stations - six in Oman itself and one in Marseille, France. 

Sohail Qadir, vice president of Omantel’s wholesale unit, said: "Omantel provides cable landings and connectivity to more than 120 cities across the world… Additionally, Omantel is an investor in AAE-1 consortium—one of the largest and newest high-capacity connections between Asia, Africa and Europe. And through this partnership with Equinix, we believe we are well-positioned now to provide the current and future needs of carriers, content providers, and cloud providers". 

Equinix and Omantel’s partnership began in 2018, with the goal of delivering data centre and interconnection services to customers in the Gulf. Customers will also have access to Equinix’s other regional data centres for dual access to content providers. 

"Today, data centre infrastructure sits at the heart of global ICT and enables all of us to enjoy the cloud-based apps and services we use every day. The new IBX in Oman represents a significant step forward for Oman and the Middle Eastern ICT markets,” said Talal Al Mamari, CEO of Omantel. 

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Jun 22, 2021

Cologix invests in hybrid cloud connectivity across Canada 

Cologix
Interconnection
hyperscale
colocation
2 min
In response to rapid interconnection growth, Canadian data centre operator Cologix is investing in two facilities in Vancouver and Toronto. 

Canadian and US data centre operator Cologix is investing in two data centres in Canada, in response to “record growth in interconnection in Canada,” reportedly due to “accelerated customer demand to access clouds, software, networks and other key stakeholders at the edge.” 

In order to meet this increased demand for interconnection to support public and hybrid cloud services, Cologix has invested an undisclosed sum to acquire an interconnection facility from Zayo Group Holdings in Vancouver, and add a further 10 MW of IT capacity to its existing hyperscale facility in Toronto. 

Cologix's CEO, Bill Fathers, noted that “We continue to invest in deep connectivity and scale in Canada in response to accelerated demand for cloud deployments at the network edge,” adding that Cologix currently hosts 75% of Canada’s direct cloud onramps in its data centres, as well as providing its customers “access to thousands of miles of dark fiber routes in the provinces of British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario.” 

Fathers also emphasised the fact that “This site acquisition in the heart of downtown Vancouver, where data centre space is in short supply, fits into Cologix's interconnection growth strategy by continuing to expand our Canadian footprint to support edge cloud traffic growth."

Located in downtown Vancouver, the new site purchased from Zayo Group Holdings is located at 175 West Cordova Street. The site comprises more than 65,000 square feet of real estate, and Cologix plans to begin expanding the facility immediately, adding an additional 4.2 MW of capacity in the coming year. 

Cologix’s Toronto data centre TOR4, is connected to an extensive dark fibre network which adjoins it to the company’s largest data centre in the city, TOR1. The newly announced expansion will add a further 10 MW of capacity to the site, as well as expand its total floorspace by approximately 50,000 square feet. 

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