Equinix, Inc. (EQIX) today announced the opening of its fourth data center in the Los Angeles area, a 177,000 square foot International Business Exchange (IBX) facility that will eventually house 3,000 cabinets. The $95 million first phase of the LA4 data center will support 800 cabinets, helping the colocation and interconnection specialist meet demand from companies in the entertainment and digital media sectors.
The new LA4 facility is located near Equinix’s existing LA3 center in El Segundo, and is linked to that building and Equinix’s two downtown Los Angeles centers through the IBXLink service, which provides redundant fiber links that enable customers to connect to each other across the four centers as if they were located in the same building.
Los Angeles is a strong market for entertainment and digital media customers, who are focused on strong network performance to deliver content to their end users. Equinix specializes in data center peering, allows two providers exchanging large volumes of traffic to save money by connecting directly, rather than routing traffic across their paid Internet connections.
The new El Segundo facility is part of Equinix’s 2009 expansion program, which will increase the company’s data center footprint in 10 out of 18 markets in which it currently operates. By the end of 2009, the company will have invested over $1 billion in expansions since the start of 2007.