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Mar 30 2010   2:17PM GMT

Data center colo/IBX Equinix opens its 50th, yes 50th, data center

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Equinix's LD5 data centerData center colocation and International Business Exchange (IBX) provider Equinix has opened its 50th data center, an almost 300,000-square-foot facility in London. It was only 10 years ago that Equinix opened its first data center. Now it’s on its 50th. That is some growth.

The new data center, coined LD5, sits on the same campus as another Equinix data center called LD4, which is at 90% occupancy. The two are connected with more than 1,000 dark fiber links. The new facility will be built in phases, with the initial stage delivering about 75,000 square feet of data center space. It has energy efficiency features such as fresh air cooling for its UPS and plant equipment, along with variable speed secondary chilled water pumps and high-efficiency fans in the CRAC units. During cooler months, outside air can also be used to cool the data center itself.

Once built out, LD5 will also be Equinix’s largest facility in the U.K. and its second-largest in Europe, according to Russell Poole, Equinix’s U.K. general manager. Its anchor tenant at LD5 would be T-Systems, which is the outsourcing division of Deutsche Telekom.

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