Intelligent CIO North America Issue 33 - Page 66


Equinix expands in Montreal with a $ 50 million investment

New data center adds strategic digital infrastructure capacity to support customer expansions in one of the fastest growing edge metros in the world .

As Montreal continues to expand its position as a world leader in industries such as Visual Effects ( VFX ), gaming , financial services and aerospace , Equinix announced a new stateof-the-art International Business Exchange ( IBX ) data center in the city .

Canada , so they can advance on their digital infrastructure and innovation journey at home and abroad ."
temperature boundaries with the globally accepted standards described by the American Society of Heating , Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers ( ASHRAE ) A1A . Optimizing cooling operations within these standards improves data center efficiency , which can result in a reduction in customers ' Scope 3
Known as MT2 , the new site is expected to open in the second half of 2023 , expanding Equinix ' s presence in Montreal and continuing the company ' s commitment to bring the full value of Platform Equinix and its portfolio of solutions to Canadian businesses .
Montreal is a key economic center in Canada with one of the largest concentrations of technology workforces in the country – with a thriving and innovative ecosystem known for its diversity , creativity and collaborative spirit .
Andrew Eppich , Managing Director , Equinix Canada , said : " Expanding our footprint in this metro will offer companies the bestin-class data center design with access to connectivity both globally and within
Equinix MT2 International Business Exchange ( IBX ) in Montreal , Canada
Montreal is also one of the fastest growing edge metros in the world , with its interconnection bandwidth forecasted to grow by a 46 % CAGR by 2025 , according to the Global Interconnections Index 2023 , a report published by Equinix .
The new facility will allow companies to directly connect to customers , partners and services across 50 + metros around the world through solutions like Equinix Fabric and Equinix Internet Exchange .
Customers can also leverage Equinix ' s digital services to build digital infrastructure securely and rapidly at software speed with automated bare metal and virtual network services to connect and consume network on demand .
MT2 is expected to be among the first cohort of data centers to support Equinix ' s efficiency commitment to sustainable aircooling practices by aligning the operating carbon emissions associated with their MT2 deployment .
Equinix was the first company in the data center industry to commit to becoming climate neutral globally across its Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030 .
The company also has committed to achieving 100 % renewable energy coverage across its global portfolio by 2030 .
Once open , the new site will expand Equinix ' s Canadian footprint to 16 highquality IBX data centers coast to coast and will provide customers a digital on-ramp to Equinix ' s global platform of more than 245 data centers .
It will add more than 37,000 square feet of colocation space and offer global connectivity to better serve Montreal-based organizations ' growing demand for digital infrastructure services . p
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