SOUTHEAST ASIA BUILDING22 Jan 2019
Equinix invests $85 million to build fourth data centre in Singapore
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Singapore – Equinix, Inc., the global interconnection and data centre company, unveiled plans to expand Platform Equinix® with the construction of its fourth International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centre in Singapore, called SG4. The new facility will provide interconnection and premium data centre services to help businesses with their IT transformation and cloud adoption initiatives, while also supporting the digital infrastructure of Singapore. The new $85 million seven-storey data centre is scheduled to open in Q4 2019, offering an initial capacity of 1,400 cabinets in the first phase.

As an industry leader in Singapore, Equinix has deepened its investments to support the country's Smart Nation plan, reflecting the company's confidence in Singapore's future as a digital hub in Asia. According to the second volume of the Global Interconnection Index, a market study published by Equinix, Singapore's Interconnection Bandwidth capacity – a measurement of direct and private data exchange between businesses — is expected to more than quadruple by 2021, reaching 394 Tbps at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 47 percent.
With an initial investment of $85.3 million (S$116.6 million), the first phase of SG4 will provide more than 45,400 square feet (approximately 4,220 square metres) of co-location space, offering an initial capacity of 1,400 cabinets. The facility is planned to accommodate more than 4,000 cabinets at full build out, with a total co-location space of more than 132,180 square feet (approximately 12,280 square metres).

The new SG4 will be strategically situated at the East of Singapore in one of the country's five data center clusters — Tai Seng Industrial Estate — providing location diversity from the three existing Equinix IBX data centres in Singapore. 

Directly connected to the three existing Equinix IBX data centers in Singapore via low-latency dark fiber links, the new SG4 IBX will enable customers to securely interconnect with approximately 600 companies from different industries, including financial services, cloud services, biomedical sciences, IT, communications, media, physical sciences and engineering. This also includes a broad range of network services from more than 200 global networks and more than 150 cloud and IT service providers. Today, the three Equinix IBX data centers in Singapore comprise more than 445,000 square feet (41,400 square metres) of co-location space. In Q3 2018, Equinix announced the completion of an expansion of the SG3 IBX data centre in Singapore that nearly doubled the size of the facility.

As part of Equinix's commitment to its long-term goal of using 100 percent clean and renewable energy and lowering its carbon footprint for its global platform, the Equinix SG1 IBX data centre is BCA-IDA Green Mark certified, while the SG2 and SG3 IBX data centres have received the GoldPLUS and Platinum awards, respectively.