Intelligent Data Centres Issue 23 | Page 59

Equinix ’ s new Singapore data centre to boost digital leaders of tomorrow

With Singapore continuing to thrive as a regional digital hub , Equinix is set to drive Digital Transformation with the opening of a new data centre in early 2021 .

Equinix is set to drive Digital

Transformation in the APAC region with the opening of a new data centre in Singapore . The company has announced the expansion of Platform Equinix with its fifth International Business Exchange ( IBX ) data centre in Singapore , to be named SG5 .
With an initial investment of US $ 144 million in the first phase , the purpose-built facility will meet growing demand for cloud connectivity for enterprises as they transform digitally . SG5 is scheduled to open in H1 2021 , providing an initial capacity of more than 1,300 cabinets in the first phase .
As cloud adoption is accelerating and growing in complexity , businesses increasingly rely on hybrid and multi-cloud ecosystems for agility and scalability . This is aligned with Singapore ’ s Smart Nation initiative , which is driving businesses in the country to rapidly undertake Digital Transformation to build resiliency and stay competitive in the digital economy .
Singapore ’ s advancement towards these goals is positioning the island city-state as a digital hub and gateway for the Asia-Pacific region . With this in mind , the addition of the SG5 IBX to Platform Equinix will provide essential digital infrastructure support and global connectivity that will enable enterprises to build and expand their cloud ecosystems to fast-track their digital advantage .
Jeremy Deutsch , President , Equinix Asia-Pacific , said : “ As the global economy and the Asia-Pacific region continue to grow , we see a strong demand for digital infrastructure to support business growth . This is especially evident in Singapore , which is proving to be a key hub for digital business in the region .
“ Traditional infrastructure is struggling to keep up with this digital demand , leading enterprises to explore hybrid and multi-cloud options to further their transformation . The SG5 IBX data centre aims to create more opportunities for enterprises in the region to build a strong digital foundation , enabling them to develop into the digital leaders of tomorrow .”
The first phase of SG5 will have a capacity of 1,300 cabinets and approximately 18,400 sqft ( 1,710m ²) of colocation space . At full buildout ,
the facility is targeted to provide approximately 5,000 cabinets , with a total colocation space of close to 129,000 sqft ( 12,000m ²).
Yee May Leong , Managing Director , Equinix South Asia , said : “ Singapore continues to thrive as a regional digital hub despite current pandemic and economic challenges . Today ’ s businesses demand a solid digital infrastructure to grow and scale , leveraging vital ecosystems and cloud services via Platform Equinix . We are catering to the needs and demands of our customers by expanding our local footprint to enable regional and global growth as Singapore continues its Smart Nation journey and enterprises pursue Digital Transformation .”
The new purpose-built , nine-story facility will be located at the Tanjong Kling data centre park . ◊
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