Colocation provider Equinix has opened the second phase of its latest London (LD5) International Business Exchange data center, adding space for 1,400 additional cabinets in the busy London metropolitan area, the company said today. The expansion adds 4,00 square meters (43,000 square feet ) of space at LD5, a 225,000 square foot facility in Slough. It is the second of four phases at the data center, which is projected to have total capacity of 5,600 cabinets upon completion.
“London is one of the largest and fastest growing data center markets in the world and the opening of LD5′s second phase underlines our commitment to support our customers’ growth,” said Russell Poole, managing director, Equinix UK, said. “At the moment, this growth in demand is particularly strong from financial services firms and cloud service providers.”
The LD5 facility was first opened in April 2010 and is built on the same campus as Equinix’s existing LD4 IBX data center. The two facilities are connected by more than 1,000 diverse dark fiber links, enabling customers from across the campus to easily grow their operations and directly exchange business information.
“The launch of the second phase of LD5 has enabled us to strengthen our relationship with Equinix and allows us to expand our footprint with them within the LD4/LD5 campus,” said Tom Murphy, senior manager of data center’s infrastructure for T-Systems, Deutsche Telekom’s outsourcing division. “We have worked with Equinix for a number of years now, with installations in several of Equinix’s IBX data centers throughout Europe. The global reach and consistently high level of service fits well with our corporate strategy.”