Equinix invests US$74 million in fourth data centre in Singapore

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Equinix has announced the opening of the company’s fourth International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Singapore, known as SG4. With an initial investment of US$74 million, the new facility aims to support Singapore’s Smart Nation development as the country anchors itself as a global business and connectivity hub.

Singapore has emerged as the third most robust data center market globally. Equinix projects that Singapore’s interconnection bandwidth – a measurement of direct and private data exchange between businesses – is expected to double by 2022, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 47%.

Among the early customers of SG4, Tata Consultancy Service (TCS) leverages Platform Equinix to expand TCS Enterprise Cloud Platform into the Asia-Pacific region.

Located in Tai Seng – one of Singapore’s five data center clusters – SG4 IBX’s first phase has more than 45,400 square feet (4,220 square meters) of colocation space, offering an initial capacity of 1,400 cabinets. The facility will accommodate more than 4,000 cabinets at full build out, with a total colocation space of more than 132,180 square feet (approximately 12,280 square meters).

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 more than 695 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 210 global networks and more than 190 cloud and IT service providers.

The SG4 IBX also provides a wide range of interconnection solutions, including Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric (ECX Fabric), an on-demand, SDN-enabled interconnection service that allows any business to connect between its own distributed infrastructure and any other company’s distributed infrastructure. ECX Fabric provides on-ramp access to cloud service providers in Singapore including Alibaba, AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Oracle, as well as many local providers.

As part of a strategic partnership between Tata Consultancy Service and Equinix, the fully operational SG4 IBX will see TCS make its largest deployment in Asia-Pacific for TCS Enterprise cloud. By tapping on the interconnection-oriented architecture of Platform Equinix – including Cross Connect, Metro Connect, ECX Fabric and Equinix Connect, TCS will be able to provide private and hybrid cloud services to their customers in the region and globally.

Currently, the global footprint of Platform Equinix spans more than 200 IBX data centers across 55 markets and 25 countries, providing data center and interconnection services for more than 9,700 of the world’s leading businesses. In Asia-Pacific, Equinix has 46 IBX data centers across key countries including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan and Singapore.

Satishchandra Doreswamy , VP & Global Head, Cloud Infrastructure Unit, TCS, said: “TCS has been helping customers accelerate their digital transformation journeys using our Enterprise Cloud Platform as a flexible, hybrid cloud infrastructure layer that will support their future growth. We have been able to offer ECP to customers across the world, including in Asia Pacific, leveraging our strategic partnership with Equinix. We believe that the new SG4 will further strengthen our ability to provide a future-proof cloud to customers in Singapore and across the region.”