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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.
Headquarters: Redwood City, CA
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Equinix plans a dramatic expansion of its xScale hyperscale data center program. Backed by a new $3.9 billion joint venture with GIC, Equinix will expand its global xScale operation to 32 data centers and more than, 600 megawatts of capacity.
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Equinix has introduced a new data center design for edge computing, which uses factory-built modules to add capacity in smaller increments. The new design is being deployed for the first time in a new facility in Bordeaux, France.