Equinix Opens New London Data Center

Equinix Inc. (EQIX) has completed the phase 1 build out of its London Slough (LD4) data center. The first customers moving into the new site include “a leading global financial services firm and one of the world’s top five providers of IT services,” according to Equinix. The Slough site is the largest of Equinix’s four data centers in London, with a first phase featuring 5,000 square meters (53,800 square feet) of technical space. Phase 2 of LD4 is scheduled to come online in summer 2008, adding an additional 53,800 square feet of data center space.

“The opening of the site represents a significant increase in our capacity and allows us to maintain our momentum in this important market,” said Russell Poole, General Manager – United Kingdom for Equinix. “We are able to meet increasing demand from organizations seeking to leverage Equinix’s secure and robust colocation facilities, as well as the multitude of carriers offering network services at Equinix.”

The Slough LD4 facility uses renewable energy sources from the Slough Heat & Power renewable energy station, which generates hot water and electricity for local businesses by burning wood chips and fiber cubes made from used paper and cardboard. The data center was built by IXEurope prior to its acquisition by Equinix for $55 million. In July IXEurope announced that it had increased the power available at LD4 from 8MVA to 24MVA in phased increases, allowing the provision of high power density data center space to customers. Equinix also recently expanded the power capacity at its London LD2 facility to allow it to make additional colocation space available.

The purchase of IXEurope gave Equinix an additional 14 data centers with 380,000 square feet of space throughout Europe, including centers in London, Zurich, Frankfurt, Munich, Paris, Dusseldorf and Geneva. The former IXEurope is now operating as Equinix UK Ltd.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

One Comment

  1. Paolo Gorgo

    This is also quite interesting (so far European press releases appear on the Equinix European site only as of "regional" interest): >>21 December 2007 Equinix selected as DE-CIX enabled site in Frankfurt Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the leading provider of network-neutral datacentres and Internet exchange services, today announced that it has partnered with DE-CIX, the main exchange point for Internet services between international Internet service providers in Germany, central and eastern Europe. DE-CIX, the second largest European Internet Exchange according to traffic volume, currently connects over 200 international Internet Service Providers. Equinix and DE-CIX are proud to announce that they reached an agreement where Equinix' Frankfurt2 facility will become a DE-CIX enabled site during the first quarter of 2008. The site will provide datacentre services to telecommunications operators, Internet network providers and Internet service providers. The facility covers high available datacentre space with secured and lasting power supplies, air-conditioning, security and fire protection for power-intensive high-density installations. "Equinix works with Internet providers and carriers around the world and we would like to welcome them to Frankfurt. This is a valuable addition to the telecommunications marketplace in Germany's Internet capital. A competitive data center market certainly helps to drive our business and we are glad to announce that Equinix's Frankfurt 2 facility will become a DE-CIX enabled site soon," says Harald Summa, Managing Director of DE-CIX. Harro Beusker, Managing Director of Equinix in Germany says: "To be DE-CIX enabled in Frankfurt is great news and confirms our position as the leading company in the Datacentre market in Germany. DE-CIX is for us a very important business partner for central and eastern Europe. We are proud to be providing our best in class services. It is a tribute to our reputation for world-class reliability and diversity." http://www.eu.equinix.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=243&cntnt01returnid=583