Digital infrastructure company, Equinix, announced the opening of its 16th International Business Exchange data center, DC21, in the Washington, D.C. area. With DC21 and the opening of the DC15 data center earlier in 2020, the company has invested over $200 million in the area this year. The newest data centers are part of the company’s campus in Ashburn, which is also home to the one largest internet peering point in the world.
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The additional capacity will allow Equinix to respond to increasing demand within the rapidly growing enterprise, government, cloud, and financial services industries. The expansion also includes a Co-Innovation Facility, which allows digital infrastructure vendors to test, demonstrate, and evolve their products in collaboration with Equinix.
DC21 is a two-story data center designed to deliver small and large-capacity deployments. The construction incorporates Equinix’s Flexible Data Center principles, leveraging design elements for space, power, and cooling. DC21’s first phase will be a $95 million investment and will provide over 41,000 square feet of colocation space with an initial capacity of 925 cabinets. When fully-built, the facility is expected to provide a total capacity of 3,100 cabinet equivalents and colocation space of more than 124,000 square feet. Jon Lin, President, Americas, Equinix, said,
“D.C. continues to prosper as a key digital hub for businesses around the world despite the challenges faced with the COVID-19 pandemic. Our continued expansion in this important metro creates more opportunities for businesses to leverage Platform Equinix as the central component to their digital foundation while enabling them to grow and scale at software speed.”