Equinix opens third DC in Singapore


18 March 2015
Clement Goh of Equinix

Equinix has announced the opening of its third International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre in Singapore. Known as SG3, the new purpose-built, carrier-neutral facility is company’s largest in the Asia Pacific and serves to meet a growing demand for interconnected data centre facilities and managed services in the region.

“Over the years, we have seen our customers’ needs evolve to include greater demand for reliable, fast and scalable multi-cloud interconnection services in an environment that meets stringent security standards,” said Clement Goh, managing director, Equinix South Asia.” SG3 was built to meet that demand.”

Cloud and IT service providers account for a quarter of Equinix’s business and is the fastest growing segment for the company. Singapore is a key regional hub and a desired location for these companies as well as major multinational enterprises, said Equinix.

During the opening of SG3, the company also announced that Orange Carriers Singapore, a subsidiary of global communications solutions provider Orange Group, and Datapipe, a provider of managed hybrid IT solutions for the enterprise, have chosen to deploy in the new data centre as part of their global expansion. This allows Orange Carriers Singapore and Datapipe to connect to Equinix’s ecosystem of more than 1,000 networks globally, over 190 of which are directly accessible in Singapore, said Equinix.

Within Singapore, SG3 will interconnect with Equinix’s SG1 data centre through a dedicated fibre network, allowing customers to expand their business within the Equinix platform. Direct tethering to SG1 enables customers in SG3 to interconnect with low latency, as if they were in the same location, said Equinix.

SG3, which has been designed to meet the safety and data security guidelines of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, has a gross floor area of about 385,000 square feet. It can accommodate about 5,000 cabinets at full build, with 1,000 available in the first phase. The facility was recently presented with the Platinum Award under the Building and Construction Authority – Infocomm Development Authority Green Mark scheme for Data Centers. To minimise energy consumption, SG3 incorporates features such as motion-activated LED lights. A solar power system will also be implemented, the company said.

The $53 million investment in SG3 brings Equinix’s total investment in Singapore to over $300 million to date. “Equinix’s expansion in Singapore reinforces our position as the region’s leading data management and connectivity hub, to meet the growing demand for premium data centre services,” said Yeoh Keat Chuan, managing director of Singapore’s Economic Development Board.

The significant increase in data centre space by Equinix will enhance the country’s digital infrastructure and enable both local and international companies to build digital capabilities and pursue their digital transformation strategies out of Singapore, he added.