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Equinix launches third data center and expands second facility in Singapore

Zafar Anjum | April 18, 2013
With a proposed investment of US$50–US$55M, the first phase will provide 1,000 cabinets

Equinix will expand the company's footprint in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region with development of a third International Business Exchange (IBX) and expand its second data centre, the data centre company announced today.

Equinix has commissioned Mapletree Industrial Trust to develop the new Singapore IBX, known as SG3, the company announced at a groundbreaking ceremony today morning.

SG3 is scheduled to open in the second half of 2014 and will provide approximately 385,000 square feet of gross floor area and 5,000 cabinets over multiple phases. With a proposed investment of US$50-US$55 million, the first phase will provide 1,000 cabinets, the company said in a statement.

At the same time, Equinix is investing US$55 million in the fifth phase of its second Singapore IBX data center. The fifth phase of the expansion, which is expected to be available end of 2013, will provide 920 additional cabinets, bringing the total number of cabinets at this IBX data center to 4,176.

SG3 will be located in close proximity to Equinix's existing SG1 data center, which is located at one-north, the company said.

SG3 and SG1 data centers will be interconnected through a dedicated fiber network and will be compliant with guidelines introduced by the Monetary Authority of Singapore in July 2012.

According to Equinix, the SG3 will have many deployed green features such as motion-activated LED lights, electrically commutated fans, an automated system that reduces a motor's speed and power, as well as a cold aisle containment infrastructure that supports higher power density installations for more efficient cooling. Recycled NEWater is also used for cooling purposes, an energy-saving process that is aligned with the Singapore Government's green initiatives. Additionally, a solar power system will be implemented, a feature unique to SG3.


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