Equinix debuts 5G and Edge Proof of Concept Center as part of Dallas expansion

Equinix debuts 5G and Edge Proof of Concept Center as part of Dallas expansion

Equinix, Inc. has announced the expansion of its Dallas Infomart Data Center campus with the opening of a new $142M International Business Exchange (IBX) data center and the launch of its 5G and Edge Proof of Concept Center (POCC).

The global interconnection and data center company says these moves support the growing demand for companies to accelerate their evolution from traditional to digital businesses by rapidly scaling infrastructure, adopting hybrid multicloud architectures and interconnecting with strategic business partners within the Platform Equinix global ecosystem of nearly 10,000 customers.

The Equinix 5G and Edge POCC will provide a 5G and edge sandbox environment, enabling mobile network operators, cloud platforms, technology vendors and enterprises to connect directly with the largest edge data center platform in order to test, demonstrate and accelerate complex 5G and edge deployment and interoperability scenarios.

According to the company announcement, the Equinix 5G and Edge POCC aims to: develop 5G and edge architectures that leverage ecosystems already resident at Equinix, explore hybrid multicloud interconnectivty scenarios between MNOs, public clouds and private infrastructures and, develop multiparty business models, partnering strategies and go-to-market motions for the 5G and edge market.

The DA11 IBX is the ninth data center for Equinix in the Dallas metro area, and the second building on the growing Dallas Infomart campus. It is a four-story, state-of-the-art data center designed to deliver both small- and large-capacity deployments. The modular construction incorporates Equinix’s Flexible Data Center (FDC) principles, which leverage common design elements for space, power and cooling to reduce capital cost while ensuring long-term maintenance predictability.

The $142 million first phase of DA11 provides a capacity of 1,975 cabinets and colocation space of approximately 72,000 square feet. Upon completion of the planned future phases, the facility is expected to provide a total capacity of more than 3,850 cabinets and colocation space of more than 144,000 square feet.

“We are seeing significant customer demand in Dallas as enterprises look to increase their business offerings through implementing IT infrastructures that are able to keep pace with the continually evolving digital landscape,” says Jon Lin, President of Americas, Equinix. “We are thrilled to bring our ninth facility to the Dallas campus online in this increasingly important and growing market.”

“Connectivity is becoming increasingly critical for the development of modern hybrid cloud and mobile environments, and Dallas is a key market in enabling companies to accelerate their 5G strategies and overall digital transformation journey,” adds Stefanie Williams, Analyst, 451 Research (part of S&P Global Market Intelligence). “The Dallas multi-tenant data center market remains among the top five in the U.S., and providers have benefitted from strong demand over the years. Dallas will most likely continue to see notable levels of demand, and with the opening of DA11, Equinix is positioning itself to meet demand for connectivity and interconnection to an ecosystem of carriers, network and cloud providers.”

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