Equinix to Invest $109M in D.C. Data Center Campus

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor Equinix Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, has announced plans to invest $109 million into its data center operation in the Washington, D.C., area. Projects include a new International Business Exchange data [...]

Equinix Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, has announced plans to invest $109 million into its data center operation in the Washington, D.C., area. Projects include a new International Business Exchange data center and phase two of its existing DC10 data center for Business Suites.

The new data center will be called DC11 and will be located on Equinix’s Ashburn Campus, adjacent to the DC6 data center. The center will accommodate 1,200 cabinets, with capacity for an additional 1,800 cabinets in future phases. DC11 will support growing demand for Platform Equinix in the D.C. metropolitan area. The first phase is expected to cost $88 million.

DC11 will total approximately 232,000 gross square feet. Approximately 42,800 square feet of customer floor space will be built in the first phase. DC11 is expected to open in early 2013.

Phase two of DC10 will add to the company’s first Business Suites site in North America. Phase one totals 15,456 square feet and will open next month. Phase two will cost $21 million and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter.

The Washington, D.C., metropolitan area is important for Equinix. Charles Meyers, president of the Americas, stated in a press release that “with the DC10 expansion and the addition of DC11, we are positioned to better serve our growing ecosystem of global customers, while further strengthening our leadership position in this important market.”

Based in Redwood City, Calif., Equinix currently operates 98 data centers across 38 major metropolitan areas in 12 countries in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and South America. It was founded in 1998 and went public on Aug. 11, 2000.