Equinix (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data centre services, today announced a strategic partnership agreement with Shanghai Data Solution Co (SDS), a leading systems integrator for network and communications services in Shanghai, P.R. China.
The partnership allows Equinix customers to enjoy a similar level of availability and reliability of colocation services in China through the SDS data centre, as they do within the 49 International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres operated by Equinix worldwide. The partnership provides Equinix with a strategic entry-way into one of the world's most sought-after and fastest-growing markets: China.
The newest SDS data centre is located in the Pudong area of Shanghai. Equinix performed multiple engineering audits and established that the centre meets the company's stringent availability requirements and facility standards to deliver colocation services. To ensure a premier customer experience and service quality, Equinix will provide ongoing operations support to the SDS team. In addition, Equinix plans to open a coordination and support function office in Shanghai in Q2 2010.
Shanghai is one of China's largest commerce and financial centres. With a population of more than 20 million people, the city is renowned for its sophisticated infrastructure and a large pool of English-speaking professionals. The city's foreign direct investment reached a record level in 2009- a total of US$10.5 billion in investments from overseas, up 4.5 percent on a year-on-year basis, according to the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce.
"Shanghai, home to a vast base of multinational corporations, is identified by Equinix customers as a top location for buying premium quality colocation services in China," said Samuel Lee, president of Equinix in Asia Pacific. "A large percentage of the SDS existing customer base consists of foreign telecom operators, financial institutions and multinational corporations. SDS's proven track record in supporting foreign customers and bilingual capabilities in both sales and operations functions make the company a natural choice as our data centre partner in Shanghai."
"Our Pudong data centre is one of the newest facilities in the Shanghai metro area. With our operating experience in China for more than 10 years, we are confident to provide unmatched services to Equinix customers for their colocation needs in China," said Dr. Jianfeng Zhang, general manager, Shanghai Data Solution.