Equinix, a global interconnection and data centre company, has announced the expansion of its Dallas Infomart Data Centre campus with the opening of a new US$142M International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre and the launch of its 5G and Edge Proof of Concept Centre (POCC). The move supports the growing demand for companies to accelerate their evolution from traditional to digital businesses by rapidly scaling their infrastructure, easily adopting hybrid multi-cloud architectures and interconnecting with strategic business partners within the Platform Equinix global ecosystem of nearly 10,000 customers.
The Dallas region is a major communications hub for the southern United States, with a concentration of telecommunications companies. Many of these companies are part of the dense and diverse ecosystem of carriers, clouds and enterprises at Equinix’s Dallas Infomart campus. This ecosystem makes Equinix Dallas an ideal location for companies seeking to test and validate new 5G and edge innovations. The Equinix 5G and Edge Proof of Concept Centre (POCC) will provide a 5G and edge ‘sandbox’ environment, enabling Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), cloud platforms, technology vendors and enterprises to directly connect with the largest edge data centre platform in order to test, demonstrate and accelerate complex 5G and edge deployment and interoperability scenarios. The Equinix 5G and Edge POCC aims to:
- Develop 5G and edge architectures that leverage ecosystems already resident at Equinix.
- Explore hybrid multi-cloud interconnectivty scenarios between MNOs, public clouds and private infrastructures.
- Develop multiparty business models, partnering strategies and go-to-market motions for the nascent 5G and edge market.
Jon Lin, President of Americas, Equinix, said: “We are seeing significant customer demand in Dallas as enterprises look to increase their business offerings through implementing IT infrastructures that are able to keep pace with the continually evolving digital landscape. We are thrilled to bring our ninth facility to the Dallas campus online in this increasingly important and growing market.”
The DA11 IBX is the ninth data centre for Equinix in the Dallas metro area and the second building on the growing Dallas Infomart campus. It is a four-story, state-of-the-art data centre designed to deliver both small- and large-capacity deployments. The innovative, modular construction incorporates Equinix’s Flexible Data Centre (FDC) principles, which leverage common design elements for space, power and cooling to reduce capital cost while ensuring long-term maintenance predictability. For Equinix customers, this approach supports delivery of the highest standards for uptime and availability while lowering operating risk and complexity. It will provide needed capacity for businesses seeking to architect hybrid multi-cloud infrastructures within a dense ecosystem of customers and partners.
Stefanie Williams, Analyst, 451 Research (part of S&P Global Market Intelligence) said: “Connectivity is becoming increasingly critical for the development of modern hybrid cloud and mobile environments, and Dallas is a key market in enabling companies to accelerate their 5G strategies and overall Digital Transformation journey. The Dallas multi-tenant data centre market remains among the top five in the US, and providers have benefitted from strong demand over the years. Dallas will most likely continue to see notable levels of demand, and with the opening of DA11, Equinix is positioning itself to meet demand for connectivity and interconnection to an ecosystem of carriers, network and cloud providers.”