Equinix invests $79 mn to open sixth London data center

Equinix has invested $79 million to open its sixth London data center, LD6, in Slough.

Recently, Equinix opened data centers in New York, Melbourne, Singapore and Toronto.

Leveraging Equinix’s cloud and network service providers — Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud — customers can deploy data networks and services.

Russell Poole, managing director, Equinix UK, said: “LD6 is one of the most technically advanced data centers in the UK. It has been designed to ensure that we can continue to provide colocation for our current and future customers.”

The Equinix London Slough campus houses LINX, one of the world’s largest Internet Exchanges and serves as a virtual financial center housing over 170 financial services companies, with a quarter of European equities trades originating inside Equinix.

Equinix has invested more than $7.5 billion over the last 16 years.


LD6 will have 236,000 square feet (8,000 square meters) space the initial phase and adds capacity for 1,385 cabinets with the ability to add another 1,385 cabinets in phase two.

Once phase two is complete, the Equinix London Slough campus will provide more than 388,000 square feet (36,000 square meters) of net premium colocation space interconnected by more than 1,000 diverse dark fiber links, increasing scale and resilience.

The London Slough campus is one of the busiest network nodes in the UK, and offers latency in the region of 30 milliseconds to New York and 4 milliseconds to Frankfurt.

Matt Stagg, senior manager, Network Strategy, EE, said: “In 2017, 4G will be predominately a video distribution network – globally, a billion gigabytes will go across mobile networks each month. Strategically, we need to have a data center provider, to connect to the top video providers.”

Baburajan K
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