Equinix recently announced launching its fifth International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Hong Kong in Q4 2017. The US $32 million facility, also known as HK5, is located at Tseung Kwan O, in close proximity to submarine landing stations and financial data center hubs.
This strategic placement of HK5 among growing data center cluster will help it meet interconnection demands from organizations in the financial services and others. It will provide customers with high security, compliance and operational excellence and comes with disaster preparedness and robust reliability.
Upon completion, the eight-storey HK5 with 48,000 square feet of colocation space will add 1,200 cabinets to the Equinix’s footprint in the city of Hong Kong. Equinix currently runs four data centers in Hong Kong and provides over 25,000 square meters of colocation space to its customers.
“With companies in Hong Kong rapidly embracing the multiple opportunities offered by the digital economy, the demand for interconnection continues to rise. Equinix has always offered the premium services and scale required by the city’s enterprises, including the many financial services firms that make up our customer portfolio. With the opening of HK5, we will continue to deliver the level of excellence and interconnection that industry regulators expect and which our customers demand,” said Alex Tam, Managing Director, Equinix Hong Kong.
HK5 will be linked to HK1, HK2 and HK3 through diverse path fiber connections to create a digital campus that will allow HK5 customers to get advantages from other Equinix IBXs. This will facilitate usage of HK5 as an ideal expansion or backup facility by other Equinix DC users.
HK5 will employ environment friendly features including optimized light control, granular temperature monitoring and cold aisle containment for high energy efficiency. Its environmental footprint will be low with annual average power usage efficiency at 1.45.
With the addition of this new facility, Equinix IBX data center count will rise to 30 in Asia Pacific and it will have a total of 180 IBX data centers covering 44 markets. It has also announced its plan of expansion in Asia -Pacific, including Hong kong, Tokyo, Melbourne, Sydney and Singapore.