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Equinix invests $115.49m to build fourth Singapore data centre

The seven-storey data centre is scheduled to open in Q4 2019.

Global data centre company Equinix unveiled its plans to expand its platform with the construction of its fourth international business exchange (IBX) data centre in Singapore dubbed SG4 with an initial investment of $115.89m (US$85.3m), an announcement revealed.

The seven-storey data centre will offer an initial capacity of 1,400 cabinets across 45,400 sqft in the first phase before accommodating more than 4,000 cabinets at full build out with a total colocation space of approximately 132,180 sqft. The development is scheduled to open in Q4 2019, the firm stated.

According to the announcement, SG4 will be located at the East of Singapore in the Tai Seng Industrial Estate which is one of the country’s five data centre clusters. The facility will be owned by Mapletree Industrial Trust (MIT), the firm revealed.

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“Singapore is a crucial hub for many organisations in the region, generating skyrocketing demand for cloud and interconnection services,” Equinix Asia-Pacific’s president Samuel Lee said in a statement. “With interconnection accelerating across the Asia Pacific region, the new SG4 IBX data centre will create more opportunities for businesses, both locally and regionally, to interconnect with their customers, partners and stakeholders to achieve digital success.”

SG4 will provide software-defined interconnection through the Equinix cloud exchange fabric (ECX Fabric) to more than 1,300 businesses including some of the largest cloud service providers (CSPs) such as Alibaba Cloud, Google Cloud Platform and Tencent Cloud, the firm added. Customers will be able to use ECX Fabric’s portal to find and connect to companies and ecosystems at Equinix on demand, the firm explained.

“This includes on demand connectivity to ECX Fabric customers globally and in the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, Hong Kong and Japan,” the firm highlighted.

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The three existing Equinix IBX data centres in Singapore comprises of more than 445,00 sqft of colocation space. The firm announced in Q3 2018 that the expansion of its SG3 IBX data centre had been completed which nearly doubled the size of the facility.

Equinix’s platform spans 200 IBX data centres across 52 markets and 24 countries providing data centre and interconnection services for more than 9,000 businesses worldwide. 

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