Inside the Equinix NY4 Financial Trading Hub

Of all the facilities in “Platform Equinix,” the NY4 data center in Secaucus, New Jersey is the busiest. More than 450 customers conduct business within the 340,000 square foot facility, which houses infrastructure for major financial exchanges. These exchanges serve as “magnet” customers, attracting an ecosystem of brokerages, investment banks, hedge funds and firms specializing in high-frequency trading (HFT).

The facility was built in 2000 as an eyeglass factory, which later was closed. Equinix, a colocation provider that already operated its NY2 data center down the street, bought the building in 2006 and opened the first phase of NY4 in November 2007. The data center was built out in three phases, with each 96,000 square foot data hall support infrastructure. A fiber ring connects NY4 with Equinix’s two other facilities in Secaucus, NY2 and NY5.

Data Center Knowledge recently got a look inside NY4. With this photo tour, we take you inside the massive building for a closer look at its infrastructure:


The long main corridor of the Equinix NY4 data center in Secaucus is lined by cages on both sides, with fiber running between the cages and cabinets via the yellow overhead cabling trays. (Photo: Equinix)


The 40-feet ceiling provides plenty of space for the multiple tiers of cabling trays that populate the upper area of an Equinix data center, which includes separate trays for cross-connects, carrier fiber and power cabling. (Photo: Rich Miller)


Equinix uses a slab rather than a raised floor, with cooling provided via an overhead duct system. Large air handlers can move 70,000 cubic feet of air per minute into the overhead ducts, which then branch into these vertical diffusers that descend and drop the cold air into the data hall at a height of about 12 feet. (Photo: Rich Miller)


Each Equinix data center features at least five levels of access security, using a combination of keycards, a “man trap” corridor, biometrics (like the hand geometry reader shown above) and security at the cage and cabinet level. (Photo: Equinix)

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