Bloom Energy has received a huge vote of confidence from one of the industry’s largest players. Equinix Inc., will install Bloom Energy Servers in 12 data centers in California, New York and Los Angeles.
Equinix is acquiring IO UK’s data center operating business in Slough, which comes with existing customers and space for an additional 3,000 cabinets of gear in one of the world’s busiest data center markets.
Amid the consolidation in the data center industry, Equinix and Digital Realty continue to grow through acquisition. We checked in with both companies to discuss the evolving data center market, and the road ahead.
Equinix data centers will house a system of lasers to beam data around the globe, using satellites to transfer data across space at high speeds. The technology is being deployed by Laser Light Communications, a new tenant for Equinix.
In a major deal between the industry’s two largest players, Digital Realty has agreed to acquire eight data centers being divested by Equinix as part of the colocation firm’s deal to buy Telecity Group.
Equinix will be using a new design for data center projects that come online in 2017, incorporating hot aisle containment and indirect evaporative cooling. The company says the new design will reduce energy and water use.
The use of Bloom Energy Server fuel cells powered by biogas at an Equinix Silicon Valley data center is a symbol of a much larger vision for an Internet powered by sustainable energy. For Equinix, 2015 has been a year of huge strides on the sustainability front.
With an unusual number of data center assets up for sale, investors and analysts say the likely buyers will be strategic acquirers seeking expansion, rather than private equity firms.