Equinix, a global interconnection and data center company, announced the opening of its new Washington, D.C., data center known as DC11 at a major ceremony earlier this month.
The new data center at the Equinix campus in Ashburn, Va., adds to existing data center property on the site and makes the Ashburn campus the largest Equinix data center campus in the world and plays a significant role in the company's expanding global footprint, Raouf Abdel, regional operating chief for the Americas at Equinix, told eWEEK.
Abdel said the new DC11 data center provides access to the largest Internet exchange point in North America in terms traffic with more than 400G bps at peak traffic, and provides access to more than 200 networks, 140 cloud and IT service providers, and 100 content and digital media companies. It also offers connectivity to an ecosystem with more than 10,000 cross connects to existing customers and partners, and compliance with key federal regulations and industry standards such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and PCI.
The DC11 project represents about $79 million in capital expenditure, Abdel said, noting that the investment in the D.C. area is another indication of the growing demand for data center facilities.
The Washington, D.C., area plays a key role as a strategic hub for traffic exchange across the Eastern U.S. and as a communications gateway to Europe. To support growing network traffic in this area, Equinix opened its latest addition to its International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers, DC11. The DC11 data center is the eighth facility in the Washington, D.C., area since Equinix first established a presence here in 1999.
Abdel said Washington is an attractive area for data centers for several reasons, including its growing population with more than 5.8 million residents in the metro region. It also is a communications hub for the heavily populated U.S. East Coast and European markets, and has a high concentration of IT, telecommunications, biotechnology, federal government and international organizations in the area, he said.
"What differentiates us is the nature of being global with a depth and breadth and footprint," Abdel said. "We have a highly networked set of data centers that connect with each other. Embedded within our data centers is the ability to have customers connect with each other and transact like they couldn't otherwise."
DC11 adds more than 42,000 square feet for customer co-location, with 1,200 cabinets. Equinix has also secured 40 acres of land adjacent to DC10 that will allow for future expansion. In addition, DC11 offers state-of-the-art security, including perimeter fencing around the entire campus, guard house with controlled parking entry, man-trap entry, biometric hand-reader access, 24/7 guards and recorded CCTV monitors throughout the facilities, Abdel said.
Moreover, DC11 meets Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative mandates for efficiency. Customers who deploy networks here can receive certification and accreditation for a number of federal compliance frameworks, such as those mandated by the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and the Department of Defense's Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process.