Infotech Lead America: Equinix, an interconnection and data center company, plans to expand its footprint in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region by developing a third International Business Exchange (IBX).
Equinix has commissioned Mapletree Industrial Trust, an industrial real estate investment trust listed in Singapore, to develop the new Singapore IBX, known as SG3.
SG3 is scheduled to open in the second half of 2014. SG3 will provide approximately 385,000 square feet of gross floor area with 5,000 cabinets over multiple phases. The first phase will provide 1,000 cabinets, with a proposed investment of $50–$55 million.
Equinix is investing $55 million in the fifth phase of its second Singapore IBX data center, which is expected to be available end of 2013. The data center will provide 920 additional cabinets, bringing the total number of cabinets at this IBX data center to 4,176.
SG3 will be located near Equinix’s existing SG1 data center and both centers will be interconnected through a dedicated fiber network so that customers in SG1 can expand their business within the Equinix platform. Customers in SG3 will be able to interconnect as if they were in the same location due to direct tethering to SG1.
SG3 ensures compliance with guidelines introduced by the Monetary Authority of Singapore in July 2012. It will feature Business Suites for existing and new customers in Singapore who require larger footprints.
Equinix aims to minimize energy consumption at these energy-intensive facilities, using motion-activated LED lights, electrically commutated fans, an automated system that reduces a motor’s speed and power, as well as a cold aisle containment infrastructure that supports higher power density installations for more efficient cooling. Recycled NEWater is also used for cooling purposes. A solar power system will also be implemented.
In related news, Seaborn Networks, a developer and operator of the first direct Sao Paulo — US cable system (Seabras-1) is establishing its first Brazil gateway in Equinix’s International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Equinix’s facility in Sao Paulo (SP2) provides data center services to customers in Latin America. The center facilitates critical overseas connectivity to the financial and commercial center of the United States.