Equinix unveils 5G, edge data center lab at Dallas Infomart campus

July 1, 2020
The Equinix 5G and Edge Proof of Concept Center (POCC) will provide a 5G and edge 'sandbox' environment geared for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), cloud platforms, technology vendors and enterprises.

Equinix on June 24 announced the expansion of its Dallas Infomart Data Center campus with the opening of its $142 million International Business Exchange (IBX) data center and the launch of its 5G and Edge Proof of Concept Center (POCC).

Equinix says the facility expansion supports the growing demand for companies to accelerate their evolution from traditional to digital businesses by rapidly scaling their infrastructure, easily adopting hybrid multicloud architectures and interconnecting with strategic business partners within the Platform Equinix global ecosystem of nearly 10,000 customers.

The company notes that the Dallas region is a major communications hub for the southern United States, with a concentration of telecommunications companies. Many of these companies are part of the dense and diverse ecosystem of carriers, clouds and enterprises at Equinix's Dallas Infomart campus. This ecosystem makes Equinix Dallas an ideal location for companies seeking to test and validate new 5G and edge innovations, contends the company.

Per a company statement: "The Equinix 5G and Edge Proof of Concept Center (POCC) will provide a 5G and edge 'sandbox' environment, enabling Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), cloud platforms, technology vendors and enterprises to directly connect with the largest edge data center platform in order to test, demonstrate and accelerate complex 5G and edge deployment and interoperability scenarios."

Specifically, Equinix says its 5G and Edge POCC aims to: develop 5G and edge architectures that leverage ecosystems already resident at Equinix; explore hybrid multicloud interconnectivty scenarios between MNOs, public clouds and private infrastructures; develop multiparty business models, partnering strategies and go-to-market motions for the nascent 5G and edge market.

The DA11 IBX is the ninth data center for Equinix in the Dallas metro area, and the second building on the growing Dallas Infomart campus. It is a four-story, state-of-the-art data center designed to deliver both small- and large-capacity deployments.

The facility's modular construction incorporates Equinix's Flexible Data Center (FDC) principles, which leverage common design elements for space, power and cooling to reduce capital cost while ensuring long-term maintenance predictability. For Equinix customers, this approach supports delivery of the highest standards for uptime and availability while lowering operating risk and complexity. It will provide needed capacity for businesses seeking to architect hybrid multicloud infrastructures within a dense ecosystems of customers and partners.

The $142 million first phase of DA11 provides a capacity of 1,975 cabinets and colocation space of approximately 72,000 square feet. Upon completion of the planned future phases, the facility is expected to provide a total capacity of more than 3,850 cabinets and colocation space of more than 144,000 square feet.

The Dallas metro represents one of the largest enterprise and colocation markets in the Americas and includes nine Equinix IBX data centers, that house more than 135 network service provider. Directly connected to Equinix's Infomart Data Center, the fifth-most-dense interconnection hub in the United States, these colocation facilities provide proximity to banking, commerce, telecommunications, computer technology, energy, healthcare and medical research, transportation and logistics companies in the metro area.

Jon Lin, President of Americas, Equinix, commented, "We are seeing significant customer demand in Dallas as enterprises look to increase their business offerings through implementing IT infrastructures that are able to keep pace with the continually evolving digital landscape. We are thrilled to bring our ninth facility to the Dallas campus online in this increasingly important and growing market."

In the Americas, Equinix now operates more than 90 IBX data centers strategically located in Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Mexico and the United States. Globally, Platform Equinix is comprised of more than 210 IBX data centers across 56 markets and 26 countries, providing data center and interconnection services for more than 9,700 of the world's leading businesses. Learn more at www.Equinix.com.

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