Equinix, a global interconnection and data centre company, has announced the development of a new data centre in Warsaw, opening in Q1 2020.
Known as WA3, the new International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre will offer state-of-the-art colocation, as well as a host of advanced interconnection services.
By bringing this capacity to market, Equinix is helping Polish businesses to advance their business digitisation and cloud transformation initiatives, as well as enabling global businesses to expand their digital operations in Poland.
Modern organisations are working hard to transform the way they create value in a digital world. Digital disruption is causing IP traffic to explode worldwide, accelerating the need for connectivity. Companies can extend network infrastructure to the Edge and enhance workload performance by shortening the distance between digital services and users.
By providing this increased capacity in Warsaw, Equinix will expand its role in advancing the digital economy, in which businesses are demanding increasing levels of interconnection to accelerate business performance.
With a greater metropolitan area of 3.1 million people, Warsaw is the eighth most populous capital city in the European Union; Eastern Europe’s second largest economy; and a significant centre of research and development, business process outsourcing and information technology outsourcing for international companies.
The new investment in WA3 is one of many new builds in Equinix’s growing global platform – Platform Equinix – which consists of more than 200 data centres and enables connectivity to customers and partners across digital supply chains.
Equinix’s Warsaw data centres offer dense concentrations of telecommunications, cloud and IT services, and financial services companies. Equinix has over 350 customers in Warsaw today with more than 190 network service providers and over 60 cloud service providers. This rich business ecosystem provides the opportunity for businesses to directly connect with one another in a secure environment with increased performance.
The first phase of WA3 will add 475 cabinets and more than 1,400m2 (15,200 ft.2) of colocation data centre space. The WA3 data centre will incorporate many of the latest standards in building innovation. For example, the facility will include a mist system for fire suppression.
Equinix is helping Polish businesses to advance their business digitisation and cloud transformation. With the WA3 IBX, Polish businesses will have the ability to leverage other Equinix solutions including Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric) and Equinix SmartKey for security key encryption. WA3 will also offer access to Equinix’s Internet Exchange (formerly PLIX) which enables network operators, including ISPs and content providers, to easily and effectively exchange network traffic with over 180 peers.
Equinix previously announced that it will invest US$45 million over the next five years in a Product Development Centre in Warsaw to design advanced, customer-inspired, software-defined networking products; develop virtual IT infrastructure capabilities; and perform data science-backed IT infrastructure research aimed at accelerating global digital business. The PDC in Warsaw is one of three Equinix innovation locations of its kind globally, in addition to Singapore and Silicon Valley.
Robert Busz, Managing Director, Equinix Poland, said: “For our Polish customers and indeed the market generally, data sovereignty is both topical and a big concern for local organisations. WA3 will be a big milestone and aid in further establishing cloud data sovereignty in Poland. Through our interconnection platform, large footprint in WA3 and via ECX Fabric, we can offer a perfect local ecosystem for global cloud service providers.”