Equinix announces $95M Ashburn data center expansion
Calif.-based digital infrastructure company opens first phase of 124,000-sq-ft data center
Redwood City, California-based digital infrastructure company Equinix Inc. has opened a new $95 million data center on its existing Ashburn campus, giving the company additional capacity.
The two-story data center is designed for both large and small deployments. The $95 million first phase includes more than 41,000 square feet of colocation space, which will total more than 124,000 square feet when the expansion is complete.
“D.C. continues to prosper as a key digital hub for businesses around the world despite the challenges faced with the COVID-19 pandemic,” Jon Lin, Equinix Americas president, said in a statement. “Our continued expansion in this important metro creates more opportunities for businesses to leverage Platform Equinix as the central component to their digital foundation while enabling them to grow and scale at software speed.”
Loudoun County’s Ashburn area is the primary data center hub of the world — with more than 70% of all internet traffic passing through it.
“Ashburn, in Loudon County just outside of Washington, D.C., is a central connectivity hub and critically important to the U.S. cloud and infrastructure story. Enterprises that previously did not see a need to improve networks may now, as a result of the pandemic, be open to new approaches and ready to try network hubs,” 451 Research Director Kelly Morgan said in a statement. “This is placing an increased focus on data centers that can offer direct connections to the cloud with private on-ramps.”
Equinix has more than 225 International Business Exchange data centers across 63 markets and 26 countries, providing service to more than 9,500 businesses.