Equinix D.C. Data Center Expands Capital Presence
Equinix opened an eighth data center in the Washington, D.C., area, expanding its global footprint.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.