Equinix to add data center, 5G Proof of Concept Center to Dallas Infomart campus

June 30, 2020
The 5G and Edge POCC will leverage Equinix’s data center and connectivity resources to create a 5G and edge "sandbox" environment, says the company.

Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQIX) says it will add a second International Business Exchange (IBX) data center, called DA11 to the Dallas Infomart Data Center campus it acquired in 2018 (see "Equinix completes $800 million Infomart Dallas acquisition"). The company also will establish a 5G and Edge Proof of Concept Center (POCC) at the site as part of a $142 million initiative.

DA11 will be Equinix’s ninth data center in the Dallas metro area. The first phase of its construction will provide a capacity of 1,975 cabinets and colocation space of approximately 72,000 square feet. The facility will be designed to offer more than 3,850 cabinets and colocation space of more than 144,000 square feet when fully built out.

The 5G and Edge POCC will leverage Equinix’s data center and connectivity resources to create a 5G and edge "sandbox" environment, says the company. It will enable mobile network operators (MNOs), cloud platforms, technology vendors, and enterprises to use Equinix resources to test, demonstrate, and accelerate 5G and edge deployment and interoperability. Such activities will include the exploration of hybrid multicloud interconnectivty scenarios among MNOs, public clouds, and private infrastructures, says Equinix. Business models and go-to-market strategies also could be developed and launched, the company adds.

"Connectivity is becoming increasingly critical for the development of modern hybrid cloud and mobile environments, and Dallas is a key market in enabling companies to accelerate their 5G strategies and overall digital transformation journey,” commented Stefanie Williams, Analyst, 451 Research (part of S&P Global Market Intelligence), via an Equinix press release. “The Dallas multi-tenant data center market remains among the top five in the U.S., and providers have benefitted from strong demand over the years. Dallas will most likely continue to see notable levels of demand, and with the opening of DA11, Equinix is positioning itself to meet demand for connectivity and interconnection to an ecosystem of carriers, network and cloud providers."

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