Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data centre services, has announced the opening of DC6, its sixth International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The new IBX data centre offers 1,750 cabinets to the telecommunications, enterprise, cloud and IT, and content companies that are either headquartered or have a significant presence in the area. Adding the DC6 IBX data centre to the existing campus of data centres will enable Equinix to strengthen its peering, cross connect and traffic exchange services, and help its customers extend their market reach.
The Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, which serves as the eastern hub of Internet traffic exchange in the United States, is an important metropolitan area for Equinix and its customers. In addition to being the site of the first Equinix IBX data centre (DC1), the six IBX data centres in the metro area serve more than 500 customers and feature the largest peering centre in North America, which also functions as one of only three GRX (GPRS Roaming Exchange) peering sites in the world. The metro area also serves as the #2 hub (narrowly behind Silicon Valley) for Equinix cloud computing and IT customers looking to optimise the performance of their infrastructure, platform, software-as-a-service, systems integration and managed service solutions.
Current and prospective customers have access to more than 180 networks in the carrier-neutral DC6 IBX data centre. Presently, Equinix Washington, D.C. metro customers, including rich ecosystems for network and content services providers, cloud and IT services, and enterprise and the federal government, quickly and efficiently exchange critical business data with their strategic partners. This business exchange capability decreases operating expenses, improves reliability and creates unique monetisation opportunities.
âAs the economy continues to globalise, the Washington, D.C. metro area increases in strategic importance,â said Peter Ferris, president, Equinix North America. âThe region serves as the main hub for inbound and outbound traffic and is a crucial component of any global expansion plan. Adding DC6 to our roster of IBX data centres will greatly strengthen our leadership position in the area and will help us better serve our expanding ecosystem of global companies.â