Equinix Launches Green-Focused Colocation Data Center in Germany

By Luke Bellos, Editor, TMCnet  |  October 01, 2021

Digital infrastructure company Equinix revealed today it has officially opened the FR8 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center, located in Frankfurt, Germany.

The new building was designed with a keen focus on sustainability and efficiency, following Equinix’s (News - Alert) recent commitment to achieve climate-neutral business operations by the end of the decade. The $103 million, 4,800 m² colocation space includes a greened facade and roof, and runs entirely on 100% renewable energy.

 "Direct access to clouds, partners and digital services is essential for businesses to survive in the digital economy.” commented Eugene Bergen Henegouwen (News - Alert), President, EMEA, Equinix “With the new FR8 data center, we are again expanding our presence at the strategically important Frankfurt campus, offering our customers additional capacity and interconnection options that will allow them to implement their digitization on the foundation of a highly efficient infrastructure. We expect the sustainability measures taken in this context will make a valuable contribution to achieving climate neutrality by 2030."

Outside of the physical aspects of this new addition, the investment will allow customers to take advantage of a wide range of advanced  colocation services for a cost-effective approach for digital activity. For example, the Equinix Fabric™ service allows enterprise customers to connect to leading cloud network service providers with increased flexibility. Customers can also take advantage of the Network Edge solution to modernize networks virtually.

"By colocating in data centers, customers can save on their own hardware, reduce operating costs and improve the energy efficiency of their digital infrastructure," added Jennifer Ruch, Sustainability Director, Equinix. "On a global scale, Equinix aims to continuously optimize its data center design and invest in energy efficiency upgrades and new technologies to further reduce CO2 emissions. “

Edited by Maurice Nagle
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