Equinix has tapped industry veteran Jim Smith as its new Managing Director – Hyperscale, a sign that the colocation provider sees a significant opportunity in its expansion into hyperscale data center construction.
Equinix is the world’s largest colocation provider, with 190 data centers in 48 cities. Their size has allowed them to innovate at various levels of data center design, from the layout of the physical center to the software-defined networking (SDN) installed on their servers. Their Equinix Cloud Exchange (ECX) provides premium connectivity to cloud networks across the world.
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The acquisition of the Dallas Infomart for $800 million is a strategic win for Equinix. The transaction also changes the game for the remainder of the Infomart portfolio, offering a clearer value proposition to acquirers and investors.
Equinix CEO Steve Smith has resigned suddenly after “exercising poor judgment with respect to an employee matter,” the company said today.
Equinix goes all-in on software-defined networking (SDN), expanding its Equinix Cloud Exchange SDN services to its entire global platform. The move allows Equinix customers to provision services through an online portal and pay based on usage.
In Northern Virginia’s “Data Center Alley,” the appetite for cloud capacity is clearly seen in a recent burst of data center leasing, facility openings and land deals.
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.