Equinix (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, today announced the opening of the first phase of its third International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Atlanta.
The new $61 million Atlanta IBX data center, which is located in the Atlanta city center, will provide a total of 1,450 cabinet equivalents upon the completion of a second phase, already under construction, which is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2010. The new IBX data center is connected to Equinix's two existing IBX data centers in Atlanta, providing immediate access to almost 50 network providers.
Atlanta has the fourth largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the U.S., and more than 75 percent of the Fortune 1000 companies have a presence in the metropolitan area.
"Opening our newest IBX data center in Atlanta will enable us to meet existing demand from some of the largest enterprise and telecommunications companies in the world - many of which are existing Equinix customers looking to increase their capacity as they continue to build strategic business ecosystems in this important market," said Pete Ferris, president, Equinix North America. "Currently, we're seeing strong interest from our network customers. We're pleased to meet the market's need with the opening of another state-of-the-art International Business Exchange data center."
The first phase of the Atlanta IBX data center features 400 cabinet equivalents. The second and final phase, already under construction, will add approximately 1,050 cabinet equivalents when completed in the first quarter of 2011.