Equinix (EQIX.Q) is expanding its Dallas Infomart Data Center campus by opening a $142 million International Business Exchange (IBX), and launching its 5G and Edge Proof of Concept Center, according to a press release.
This is intended to meet the demand for companies looking to scale and digitize their operations through adopting hybrid multicloud architectures, and connecting with nearly 10,000 customers through the Platform Equinix ecosystem.
“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,” said Jon Lin, president of Americas, Equinix.
The Equinix 5G and Edge Proof of Concept Center provides an environment for users, including Mobile Network Operators (MNO) and technology vendors to test complex 5G and edge deployment scenarios. The aims of Equinix 5G and Edge POCC include development of 5G and Edge architectures that can use the systems already in operation at Equinix. Also, to explore hybrid multicloud interconnectivity scenarios between MNOs, and the development of alternative business models and strategies for the emerging 5G and edge market.
“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. 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,” said Stefanie Williams, an analyst for 451 Research, which is part of S&P Global Market Intelligence.
EQIX’s price remained flat on the news.