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China’s favorite e-commerce giant Alibaba is planning the launch of a cloud region in London, two years after entering the European market with a data center in Frankfurt.
The move was not highly publicized; the company merely updated its website to advertise the future availability zones in the UK and an unspecified ‘Launch Date,’ offering early bird plans and free services to its potential customers.
Among these are three types of elastic compute services from low to high performance web servers, as well as a database hosting service, ApsaraDB for RDS.
It is unclear whether the company is building its own data center in the UK, and the information on its site – promising two nines of availability, dual availability zones and other generic data center characteristics such as CCTV, fiber diversity and 24/7 on-site engineers – gives little clue as to where it could be leasing the space.
Equinix has completed the first of two construction phases on the fifth floor of NAP of the Americas, Miami’s big data center and interconnection hub that serves as the biggest gateway the world’s data traffic travels through to reach markets in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The phase, which cost Equinix $60 million to build, adds enough space for more than 1,000 cabinets and 4MW of UPS-backed power, bringing the facility’s total capacity to about 6,500 cabinets.
Source: DataCenter Knowledge
After a few months of planning and preparatory works the European consortium broke ground and started the construction works of building the prototype of one of the worlds most efficient data center. The project funded by EU’s innovation and research programme Horizon 2020 kicked-off in October 2017. The prototype facility will accommodate 500 kW of IT load and is expected to be up and running by the end of the year.
The sBoden Type Data Center ”One” is an experimental lab and demonstration site that combines technologies innovatively. The aim is to test and validate feasibility and usability of a highly energy efficient, environmental friendly prototype in real operation. Workload balancing, airflow effiency and modularity are in the focus of consortium members: data center engineering specialist H1 Systems, cooling manufacturer EcoCooling, research institutes Fraunhofer IOSB and SICS RISE North as well as data center site developers Boden Business Agency. The operational measurement and design optimization of the data center will provide templated information and analysis for facilities looking to redeploy the solution in their chosen location.
Northern Sweden’s data center hub Boden will be home to the 36 months research project that has a budget of approximately 3 million EUR. Construction works started with groundworks and connection of the utilities. The wooden structured Boden Type DC One will be installed by November 2018 and will be populated with IT equipment at the end of the year. For those that are willing to take part in the research experiment, limited colocation space is available.
Source: Boden Type DC
Equinix has won two subsea deployments (MAREA and BRUSA) that will extend from their landing in Virginia Beach to Equinix DC2 in Ashburn.
From the Press Release:
The two subsea cables will terminate in the U.S. directly into the MAREA and BRUSA cable landing station located in Virginia Beach, VA, and the capacity will extend the backhaul capacity into Equinix DC2 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center, representing the newest innovative design in subsea cable infrastructure.
MAREA and BRUSA subsea cable routes
MAREA and BRUSA subsea cable routes
Equinix global IBX data centers are ideal for extending the backhaul capacity of a subsea cable system directly into a high-density data center. This new architecture greatly simplifies network design, offers access to a dense, rich ecosystem of networks, clouds and IT service providers and allows easy access for customers. Leveraging the power of Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric™ (ECX Fabric™), Equinix customers will have direct access to the MAREA and BRUSA cable systems via a simple cross connect from any IBX data center. Read More - Press Release
NTT Communications has launched a new point of presence in Ireland, located at Equinix’s DB1 data centre in Dublin, marking its first PoP in the city.
The global carrier said its new PoP will allow it to offer high-quality global IP transit services to a number of companies which have set up European headquarters in the Irish city over the last few years.
NTT Com customers will be able to connect to its Global IP Network, which reaches over 190 countries and regions, through Equinix’s DB1 facility, which is one of the most densely connected IBX facilities in Ireland. The carrier said it will offer numerous capacity levels, including 100G ports, with direct connections to Amsterdam and London already confirmed. Read More on Capacity Media.
In 2017, Equinix opened AM4, an eight story datacenter constructed next to AM3 in Science Park. When fully built out AM4 will have 124,000 sq ft (11,500 sq m) of usable floor space.
Equinix's Ashburn campus consists of many buildings (table below) arranged in a campus environment. A simple cross-connect will reach any other building on the campus.
Equinix sells "Business Suites" at DC10. Business Suites are dedicated rooms rather than retail colocation racks and cages and are intended for deployments larger than 250 kVA.
Previously was a Telecity BuildingSource: Wikimedia.org, Bish~dewiki
Exterior view of the original Palo Alto Internet Exchange (PAIX) building
Sign describing that the SV8 location was also the first school in Palo Alto. Established in 1893.Source: Wikimapia
Equinix doesn't charge for everything. Equinix offers complimentary cabinet and rack screws in the San Jose data centerSource: Equinix
Equinix SV10 represents the newest state-of-the-art Equinix International Business Exchange [IBX] center. This client's 183,000 gsf building consists of a two-story, steel framed building with precast concrete, with 114,500 gsf of Data Hall space situated on two floors and supported by six emergency generators. The cooling system was through exterior IDEC units located in a 34,000 gsf, 2-level yard with the equipment situated both at grade and atop an elevated mechanical platform to provide direct air cooling into the Data Hall.Source: Paradigm Structural Engineers
Front Entrance of Equinix's MI1 site. Circa 2018Source: Equinix
This stacking plan shows the layout of CH1, CH2, and CH4 in the building. The Telx (now Digital Realty) Meet-Me-Room on the 2nd floor. Financial Exchanges such as BATS, CME, and ICE are also noted.Source: Equinix
Equinix's LD10 site was acquired from IO Data Centers in 2017.Source: Equinix
Diagram showing that Fiber Connect is available between Equinix facilities in New York and Northern New Jersey metrosSource: Equinix
Phase 1 of SG3 has 35,000 square feet of colocation spaceSource: Equinix
The SIX Swiss Financial Exchange Points of Presence are in Frankfurt Equinix FR2 and FR4 as well as in London in Interxion LON1 and Equinix LD4Source: SIX Group