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Equinix plans to build second data centre in Geneva

Part of its $1.4 billion continuing expansion strategy

Equinix, a provider of global data centre services, has revealed plans to build a new 4,500 square meter (48,400 square foot) data centre in Geneva, Switzerland. The new GV2 International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre is part of Equinix’s continuing expansion strategy to meet growing global demand for data centre services and will be the company’s second data centre located in Geneva.

The company said that the new project more than doubles its data centre footprint in the region and is part of its $1.4 billion 2007-2010 expansion program for 15 out of the 18 markets in which it currently operates.

According to the company, the data centre will be built out in phases, with the first phase, scheduled to open in December 2009, adding 380 cabinets to Equinix’s capacity in the Swiss market. It will have a total capacity for 760 cabinets at full build out. Further phases will open during 2010 and will be timed to reflect market demand. The GV2 centre follows on from Equinix’s recently announced planned expansion in Zurich, with the addition of its ZH4 data centre.

The company added that the GV2 centre, which will be located west of the city centre, will build upon the range of services hosted at its existing Geneva data centre (GV1), which is a strategic location for telecom operators and internet access providers supplying Geneva-based corporations and banking organisations.

In addition to providing a centralised aggregation point for these networks to operate, the GV2 centre will offer colocation services and a variety of interconnection and peering services, including direct cross-connects between more than 30 networks. The GV2 centre will also directly connect to Equinix’s other Zurich and Geneva sites, making Equinix’s entire range of services available to all customers operating in the region.

Equinix’s GV1 centre is located 4.5 kilometers away from GV2, and comprises 3,600 square meters (38,600 square feet) of gross data centre space, providing carrier connectivity from the many network service providers located in this key market. This existing data centre offers a full range of colocation, interconnection, support, and monitoring services and is certified ISO9001.2000, the company said.