Colocation and interconnection specialist Equinix continues its aggressive expansion of its global data center network. Today the company announced plans to build its fifth data center in Zurich (ZH5), and expand one of its facilities in Geneva.
Equinix said the investments will help meet increasing demand for network-dense, secure data centers in Switzerland. The expansion capital required for these projects is already reflected in the company’s 2012 guidance.
The ZH5 data center, located 6.5 km from Zurich city center, is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2012 and will provide approximately 420 cabinet equivalents. The site will provide approximately 6,670 square meters (72,000 square feet) of customer floor space and will be built to Gold LEED standards. The site will be integrated with Equinix’s Zurich campus via a fiber ring, offering direct connectivity to more than 75 carriers.
In Geneva, Equinix is adding 720 square meters (7,750 square feet) of new customer space to its GV2 data center. The first phase of GV2, which spread across 835 square meters, sold out in less than two years. The site is one of the highest-density-network locations in the French speaking part of Switzerland, with more than 40 connectivity providers. GV2 received ISO9001 certification for secure access procedures and ISO27001 certification for information security management systems.
Equinix said it is seeing strong demand from financial services firms, cloud providers and enterprises. Many major brand name customers, including SIX Swiss Exchange, are already invested in Zurich, as Switzerland continues to thrive as one of the world’s largest financial centers and plays a fundamental role throughout the European market.
“We continuously endeavour to expand our state-of-the art IBXs across the globe to ensure our customers have the infrastructure to grow at their own pace,” said Marco Dottarelli, Managing Director, Equinix Switzerland. “The expansion in Switzerland underlines Equinix’s leadership in the market in terms of connectivity, ecosystems and security.”