Equinix will invest over $40 million to build the third phase of its second data center (HK2) in Hong Kong.
It will also build the ninth phase of its first data center (HK1) – to meet demand from cloud and content and digital media (CDM) companies for data center and interconnection services in Hong Kong.
HK2 is located in the western part of Hong Kong. The third phase of HK2 will provide space for an additional 900 cabinets, bringing the total capacity of the data center to 2,350 cabinets. It is slated to open in Q4, 2015, in conjunction with the additional phase of HK1-IX, which will add 275 cabinets.
Equinix Hong Kong’s content and digital media customer base grew 16 percent in 2014. Its content company customers include ChinaCache, Casale Media and MediaMath. They are deploying with Equinix Hong Kong to access its network ecosystem of more than 1,000 networks, carriers, mobile providers and internet service providers (ISPs), such as China Unicom.
Jesse Shang, senior vice president, China Unicom Hong Kong, said: “With our deployment in Equinix’s IBX data center in Hong Kong, we’ve been able to connect with thousands of companies and tap into new business opportunities across various industries, ranging from enterprises to service providers.”
Content companies are also deploying with Equinix to develop agile, hybrid cloud environments with access to multiple clouds including Microsoft Azure, AWS and Google Cloud Platform and networks via Equinix Cloud Exchange.
Cloud service providers such as Macroview, Microware, Netswitch, Nexusguard and OneAsia are also utilizing Equinix Hong Kong to connect with an ecosystem of over 6,300 customers and partners.
In March 2015, Equinix, as part of expanding in Asia Pacific, opened its third Singapore data center (SG3) and its first data center in Melbourne (ME1) in December 2014.
Alex Tam, managing director, Equinix Hong Kong, said: “With the strong momentum of cloud and content companies deploying in Hong Kong, as well as data center services demand from worldwide customers including many in China, it was a clear strategic business decision to expand our presence in Hong Kong.”