Equinix ups US access for Aussie customers

$689 acquisition of Switch & Data Facilities Company to provide greater performance and scale

Equinix has acquired Switch & Data Facilities Company in a $689 million deal that will see the data centre services provider expand its presence from six to 22 markets.

Equinix’s Australian customers doing business in North America can now enjoy greater performance and scale for their mission-critical applications and digital content as a result of the deal, according to Samuel Lee, president of Equinix Asia Pacific.

Lee said it was too soon to discuss the new products and services that would flow from the deal, but said Equinix would gain an additional 1 Million gross sq ft. of additional space and power of capacity in locations such as Atlanta, Denver, Miami, Seattle, and Toronto.

The deal will also allow customers of both companies to respond to the rapid growth of demand for online information which requires companies to store and distribute larger volumes of sensitive assets and applications at the network edge, near local population centres, Lee said.

“At the same time, the market compels companies to develop global aggregation and distribution strategies for their digital assets and applications,” he said. “The transaction is expected to give Equinix customers broader access to local markets for their network edge deployments, and Switch and Data customers a comprehensive solution to their global data centre needs.”

Earlier this month, Alcatel-Lucent and Equinix announced they had developed a program aimed at helping Ethernet carriers interconnect their networks.

In July Twitter was flooded with complaints about a power outage at Equinix's Sydney data centre which apparently knocked out data and network systems, including VoIP.

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