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REDWOOD CITY, CA – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan to acquire all of the equity interests in the Metronode group of companies, an Australian data center business, in an all-cash transaction for A$1.035 billion, or approximately US$792 million. Metronode is a leading data center provider operating facilities throughout Australia, housing mission-critical internet and communications infrastructure for some of Australia’s largest corporations, government agencies, telecommunications and IT service providers. Metronode generated approximately A$60 million, or approximately US$46 million, of revenues in the 12 months ending September 30, 2017, with a margin profile accretive to the Equinix Asia-Pacific business. The acquisition agreement was signed on December 15, 2017, and the transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2018, subject to some closing conditions including regulatory approval.

The acquisition of Metronode will further strengthen the leadership position of Equinix in the Asia-Pacific region and support its ongoing global expansion. As a result of the transaction, Equinix will expand its national footprint by adding 10 data centers, strengthening its position in Sydney and Melbourne, and adding a presence in Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane, four new metros to the Equinix global platform. This will bring the company’s total International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center footprint in Australia to 15 data centers, further extending its global ecosystem coverage and enabling customers to deploy their infrastructure, applications and services closer to the edge.


Australia’s robust economy has seen 26 years of uninterrupted economic expansion, and has maintained an average GDP growth rate of 3.3 percent1, the highest rate among developed countries. Digitally enabled innovations are forecast to contribute between A$140–A$250 billion (approximately US$107–US$191 billion) to Australia’s GDP by 20252. The acquisition of Metronode will further extend Platform Equinix™, providing more businesses with the direct and secure connectivity they need as they increasingly shift to digital business models.

The acquisition will complement the growth strategy of Equinix in Australia by adding two data centers in Melbourne, three in greater Sydney (including one in Illawarra), two in Perth, and one in each of Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane. The acquired Metronode sites add approximately 20,000 square meters of gross colocation space to the Equinix footprint.

Metronode adds more than 80,000 square meters of land, 90 percent of which is owned, to the global portfolio of Equinix. Several of the acquired assets provide Equinix with the opportunity to build additional capacity and capture benefits of scale over time.

The acquisition will also enable Equinix to provide diverse second campus locations in its existing Sydney and Melbourne metros, providing customers with network-rich redundant options in these markets. In addition, these new campuses are hyperscale ready, enabling Equinix to support requirements from high-growth global cloud service providers.

Metronode’s Perth site on the west coast of Australia will house the landing station for the new Vocus Australia Singapore Cable. When combined with the existing submarine cable deployments in Sydney, Equinix will be positioned as a leading provider of access to intercontinental connectivity across the combined national footprint.

According to the Global Interconnection Index, Interconnection is becoming an essential building block of the digital economy. In Asia-Pacific, the Interconnection Bandwidth of the Government & Education sector is expected to see a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 69 percent from 2016 to 2020. The enhanced national footprint of Equinix in Australia creates an opportunity to expand on Metronode’s relationships with government agencies across the Australian market, including supporting the New South Wales Government with the provision of capacity in two data centers for the GovDC program.

Upon close, the acquisition will bring the total Asia-Pacific coverage of Equinix to 40 data centers, and will extend its global footprint to 200 data centers in 52 markets, providing customers with even more ways to securely deploy, directly connect and effectively scale their digital infrastructure with Platform Equinix.

J.P. Morgan served as the financial advisor of Equinix, and Allen & Overy acted as the external legal advisor of Equinix in connection with this transaction. Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan was advised by UBS and RBC Capital Markets.

About Equinix
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world’s leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most interconnected data centers. In 48 markets across five continents, Equinix is where companies come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies. Equinix.com.

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REDWOOD CITY, CA and LAS VEGAS, NV – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced an expansion of its collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) with the extension of direct, private connectivity to the AWS Direct Connect service to four additional Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers in North America and Europe. The move advances the Equinix and AWS collaboration that enables businesses to connect their owned and managed infrastructure directly to AWS via a private connection, which helps customers reduce costs, improve performance and achieve a more consistent network experience.

Effective immediately, AWS Direct Connect will be available to customers in Equinix IBX data centers in Helsinki, Madrid, Manchester and Toronto, bringing the total number of Equinix metros offering AWS Direct Connect to 21, globally. Customers can connect to AWS Direct Connect at all available speeds via Equinix Cloud Exchange™ (ECX), cross connects or Equinix-provided metro connectivity options. Additionally, with the recently announced AWS Direct Connect Gateway, Equinix customers can also access multiple AWS regions with a single conection to AWS Direct Connect.


In addition to the four new markets announced today, Equinix offers AWS Direct Connect in the Amsterdam, Chicago, Dallas, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, London, Munich, New York, Osaka, São Paulo, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw and Washington, D.C. metro areas.
Direct connection to AWS inside Equinix IBX data centers is ideal for specific enterprise use cases, such as:

  • Securing and accelerating data flows: Applications such as business intelligence, pattern recognition and data visualization require heavy compute and low-latency connectivity to large data sets. Equinix Data Hub™ and Cloud Exchange can help enterprises control data movement and placement by enabling private, secure and fast connectivity between private data storage devices and AWS compute nodes, maintaining data residency and accelerating access between storage and compute resources.
  • Interconnecting to hybrid cloud and business ecosystems: Direct connection to AWS via the Equinix Cloud Exchange offers enterprises access to networks, IaaS, PaaS and SaaS providers and connectivity to thousands of other business ecosystems.
  • Direct and private connectivity to strategic cloud providers that avoids the public internet is a growing business practice for leading companies. According to the Global Interconnection Index, a market study published recently by Equinix, the capacity for private data exchange between enterprises and cloud providers is forecast to grow at 160 percent CAGR between now and 2020.
  • Equinix will showcase its cloud interconnection services at AWS re:Invent, Booth #2213, at The Venetian Hotel.

About Equinix
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world’s leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most interconnected data centers. In 48 markets across five continents, Equinix is where companies come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies. www.equinix.com.

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REDWOOD CITY, CA – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced the opening of its newest International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center at its Ashburn campus in Virginia. Named DC12, the $98.5M facility supports the growing demand for interconnection capacity to enable enterprises and government agencies to address new opportunities in the digital economy. The first phase of DC12 will add 1,500 cabinets and more than 57,800 gross square feet of data center space, and provides campus cross-connectivity. At full build, the facility will provide capacity for approximately 3,000 cabinets. With the addition of DC12, Equinix now operates 14 IBX data centers in the Washington, D.C. area.

The Ashburn campus is a major communications gateway to Europe and the largest internet peering point in North America. The DC12 IBX data center offers access to a dense mix of top global networks, cloud service providers, digital content companies and social media platforms, offering enterprise and government agency customers the ability to interconnect with partners and customers to quickly and efficiently exchange critical operational data.


Since its founding, Equinix has invested nearly $1 billion to build and expand its presence in the Washington, D.C. metro area, which is the world’s largest concentration of data centers. Equinix has purchased four additional parcels of land spanning 34.5 acres for future expansion as needed.

The addition of DC12, which features a flexible data center layout, provides capacity to meet the growing need for interconnection, multi-cloud deployments, and connectivity to network and content services. It is part of the Equinix Ashburn campus in Northern Virginia, one of the most network-dense Equinix locations worldwide and a strategic communications hub for the eastern United States. Customers can choose from a broad range of network services from more than 200 providers as well as the leading cloud platforms including AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Oracle Cloud and others through the Equinix Cloud Exchange™ and direct connect services.

In addition to its Washington, D.C. area data centers, Equinix also operates a data center campus in Culpeper, VA, that was acquired earlier this year from Verizon. Strategically located 60 miles from Washington, D.C., the Culpeper campus is another ideal location for government agencies seeking interconnection to key partners within one of the most secure and technologically sophisticated data center campuses in the eastern U.S. Designed to meet the highest government standards, these IBX data centers accelerate Equinix relationships in the government sector, complementing the Ashburn campus and strengthening Equinix as a platform of choice for government services and service providers.

The Global Interconnection Index, a market study published recently by Equinix, found the U.S. to be the largest and most advanced region for private traffic exchange, with the Ashburn area hosting the largest concentration of network participants and becoming a hotbed for most of the world’s internet traffic. The Washington, D.C. metro area also represents one of the four largest interconnection metros in North America, and is forecasted to see Interconnection Bandwidth growth of 39% annually, to 323 Tbps by 2020.

Equinix has a long-term goal of using 100 percent clean and renewable energy for its global platform, and continues to make advancements in the way it designs, builds and operates data centers with high energy-efficiency standards. The design elements for DC12 represent the green standard for all future Equinix IBX data center builds. DC12 will be a LEED Gold Certified building. It is expected to meet the strict water reduction standards, and will feature state-of-the-art indirect evaporative cooling (IDEC) technology which dramatically reduces water use.

About Equinix
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world’s leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most interconnected data centers. In 48 markets across five continents, Equinix is where companies come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies. www.equinix.com.

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REDWOOD CITY, CA – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company and a Gold-level member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced a significant expansion of its dedicated, private access to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) to 16 additional Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers in North America and Europe. As a part of the expansion, customers can now easily and privately connect to OCI using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect within the Equinix FR5 IBX data center in Frankfurt via dedicated cross connects and the Equinix Cloud Exchange™ (ECX). Additionally, the Oracle and Equinix partner and platform integration now provides connectivity to OCI FastConnect via ECX to customers in eight new metros in North America and seven new metros in Europe.

The expansion brings the total number of Equinix IBX data centers where Oracle FastConnect is deployed to six and total number of locations where connectivity to FastConnect is available to 18 metros, globally.

  • New North American metros where access to OCI FastConnect is now available via ECX include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Silicon Valley and Toronto. This adds to the existing North American OCI FastConnect deployment at Equinix in Washington, D.C.
  • In addition to Frankfurt, new European metros where OCI FastConnect is now available via ECX include Amsterdam, Dublin, London, Manchester, Paris, Stockholm and Zurich.
  • This expansion will enable enterprise customers across North America and Europe to migrate and run compute, applications and data workloads to Oracle Cloud in a high-throughput, scalable manner that delivers consistent and predictable performance. This marks a significant investment in the Equinix and Oracle relationship, building upon Oracle’s highly successful and growing OCI FastConnect Classic service previously launched in 2015 and deployed in Equinix IBX data centers in Amsterdam, Chicago, London, Sydney and Washington, D.C.
  • Whether a customer requires direct connection to Oracle as part of a broader interconnection strategy, or if they need to migrate data-heavy applications to the cloud, connection to OCI inside Equinix is a highly scalable solution for many enterprise users. It can further a customer’s efforts to address increasing data privacy and other regulatory requirements and general data sovereignty concerns.
  • Interconnection is paramount for companies across North America and Europe. In fact, according to the Global Interconnection Index, a market study published recently by Equinix, the U.S. is the largest and most advanced region for Interconnection Bandwidth growth, with 82 percent of enterprises’ bandwidth expected to be dedicated to interconnection to networks and cloud by 2020. The Index also found that Interconnection Bandwidth in Europe is expected to grow 44% per annum to reach 1,450+ Tbps by 2020. Europe’s growth in Interconnection will be driven by a number of factors, including data sovereignty and the need for European businesses to exchange information with other businesses and services, like Oracle, in-region.
  • Oracle Cloud delivers nearly 1,000 SaaS applications and 50 enterprise-class PaaS and IaaS services to customers in more than 195 countries around the world, and supports 55 billion transactions each day.

“We are excited to continue our collaboration with Oracle and extend this service to multiple U.S. and European metros. The ability to connect directly to Oracle is an essential strategy for enterprises as they deploy workloads to the cloud. By providing direct access, our mutual customers can create a high-speed, dedicated and low-latency connection that allows them to fully realize the benefits of Oracle deployment, while complying with local data sovereignty regulations. We look forward to ongoing collaborations with Oracle, bringing this solution to additional Equinix metro areas across the globe.” Robert Blackburn, Global Managing Director, Oracle Strategic Alliance, Equinix

“Customers require seamless connectivity from their data centers and networks to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for their most demanding workloads and applications. With Oracle Cloud Infrastructure using FastConnect in Equinix IBX data centers, customers can provision the private connections they need today and easily scale with their growing business demands. We look forward to helping more customers connect to Oracle cloud using FastConnect and ECX in a growing number of markets.” Kash Iftikhar, Vice President IaaS, Public Cloud Services, Oracle

About Equinix
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world’s leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most interconnected data centers. In 48 markets worldwide, Equinix is where companies come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies. http://www.equinix.com/.

About Oracle PartnerNetwork
Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) is Oracle’s partner program that provides partners with a differentiated advantage to develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle’s products and solutions, and has evolved to recognize Oracle’s growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to be recognized and rewarded for their investment in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Partners engaging with Oracle will be able to differentiate their Oracle Cloud Infrastructure expertise and success with customers through the OPN Cloud program─an innovative program that complements existing OPN program levels with tiers of recognition and progressive benefits for partners working with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. To find out more visit: http://www.oracle.com/partners.

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DUBLIN, IRELAND – Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, and winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, today announces its participation at Datacloud Ireland, taking place 21 September, 2017 at the Convention Centre, Dublin. Addressing an often-misunderstood subject, Host in Ireland Founder and President, Garry Connolly, as a Special Intelligence Session moderator, will join industry experts to explore the economic benefits associated with an increase in digital assets hosting throughout Ireland. In addition, Mr. Connolly will chair a panel session discussing the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on organisations throughout the region.

“More than a quarter of the gross domestic product of Ireland is from software and data-related services, underpinned by Irish data centres and colocation facilities,” shares Mr. Connolly. “The data hosting industry plays a critical role in Ireland’s economic development, creating a wealth of new employment opportunities as Ireland continues to attract major multinational companies seeking an optimal location to host their digital assets. As the data hosting sector continues to grow throughout the country, this conference will provide an opportunity for the industry’s most influential players to work in tandem to advance the data hosting industry, while educating the greater community on why digital assets hosting is important to the growth of the Irish economy.”


“Unfortunately, many people throughout Ireland don’t grasp the full value of digital hosting as it relates to job creation and economic development, failing to see beyond the mere physical construction of data center facilities,” Mr. Connolly adds. “To judge the data industry from that perspective would be akin to measuring the effect of the agricultural industry based on a field of hay. Similarly, the economic and job multiplier effects of data hosting extend well beyond the tangible infrastructure.”

On Thursday, 21 September, at 9:40 a.m., Mr. Connolly will join an esteemed group of national and international data protection specialists as the moderator of the Special Intelligence Session, “GDPR Mastered.” This session will explore the overall impact of the GDPR on the creation, retention and distribution of data, as well as the effects that it will have on data hosting throughout Ireland and the European Union.

In addition, later that morning, at 10:15 a.m., Mr. Connolly will chair the panel session “The Brave New World of GDPR,” featuring Ireland’s Deputy Data Protection Commissioner and representatives from NetApp, Frontier Privacy and Compuware. As companies evolve to comply with GDPR legislation, these changes bring about a host of new concerns, as well as opportunities. During this session, panelists will discuss the opportunities and challenges that the GDPR will have on all global companies and their relationship with the data of EU citizens.

“At its core, the GDPR is designed to help organisations gain increased focus on the privacy and security of EU citizens’ data,” remarks Mr. Connolly. “I am very much looking forward to joining other industry leaders as we explore ways to increase awareness of the implications of the GDPR, as well as educate attendees on how companies will need to ‘up their game’ in advance of when the regulation goes into effect on 25 May 2018, to ensure compliance before it’s too late.”

Alongside premier partners CBRE, EdgeConneX®, Equinix, Future-tech, Keppel Data Centres, Mercury Engineering, Primary Integration and Siemens, Host in Ireland will also be a featured organisation in the “Irish Pavilion,” an exhibit focused on the advantages of the Irish hosting ecosphere.

Datacloud Ireland will bring together international enterprises, local providers, investment agencies and power supply companies as a platform for networking, education and collaboration among hosting industry professionals. The forum highlights the unique value of data centre, cloud and IT infrastructure across Ireland, which has become the gateway to Europe for multinational businesses.

If you would like to set up a meeting with Host in Ireland at Datacloud Ireland 2017, please email hostinireland@imillerpr.com. To learn more about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

About Host in Ireland
Host in Ireland, winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location, is an industry-led marketing initiative that provides timely and accurate information about Ireland’s digital asset hosting ecosystem at all times including demonstrating why Ireland is more cost-effective, efficient, reliable, secure and accessible than most other regions across the EU. There’s a reason companies like Microsoft, Zendesk, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Adobe and beyond have sought to host their solutions in as well as to/from Ireland. Many of these reasons are immediately realized due to access to affordable power, redundant network and bandwidth capacity along with a variety of data center providers that offer an array of services sustained by the “5 Ps”: Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes, and Power. On top of that is a very attractive business management structure, implemented by Ireland, which is keenly interested to bring new businesses into the market. Ireland supports this initiative through attractive fiscal structures, access to a skilled workforce and full support of the U.S. Safe Harbor and Patriot Acts — ensuring data asset compliance for companies large and small. For more information about Host in Ireland, visit www.hostinireland.com.

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REDWOOD CITY, CA – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced the opening of its newest International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center in Silicon Valley, located at its Great Oaks campus in San Jose. The $122M facility, named SV10, opens today and supports the increasing demand for interconnection capacity to accelerate business performance and drive digital transformation.

Equinix data centers in the Silicon Valley region are the business hub for more than 625 customers and represent the second-largest internet exchange point in North America. With the addition of SV10, Equinix has invested a total of nearly $400 million in the local economy with its Great Oaks campus, and has additional land in the area for future expansion, as demand arises. These facilities house rich ecosystems that allow network and content providers, cloud and IT service providers, and enterprise customers to quickly and efficiently exchange critical business data with their customers and partners through interconnection.


Interconnection is paramount for companies in the Silicon Valley campus. In fact, according to the Global Interconnection Index, a market study published recently by Equinix, the United States is the largest and most advanced region for Interconnection Bandwidth growth, with 82 percent of enterprises’ bandwidth expected to be dedicated to interconnection to networks and cloud by 2020. And Silicon Valley represents one of the top four fastest-growing regions within the U.S., with a forecasted 39 percent Interconnection Bandwidth growth through 2020.

Equinix will unveil the SV10 IBX data center at a launch event today, September 14, beginning at 2 p.m. PDT. For more information and to register for the event, please click here.

  • Equinix now operates thirteen Silicon Valley data center sites, and the addition of SV10—located adjacent to SV1 and SV5—provides additional capacity to meet the growing need for interconnection, multicloud deployments, and connectivity to network and content services. Equinix Silicon Valley sites provide customers with the ability to choose from a broad range of network services from more than125 providers, and cloud services such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Oracle Cloud and others through the Equinix Cloud Exchange™ and direct connect services. By utilizing Equinix Metro Connect™, customers in SV10 can also easily and directly connect with customers in the seven other Equinix IBX data centers in Silicon Valley via low-latency dark fiber links between the sites.
  • The initial phase of SV10 will add 37,000+ square feet (3,400+ square meters) of colocation space, and provides campus cross-connectivity into SV1 and SV5, making it an ideal home for customers looking to interconnect to key network and cloud service providers. It will include space for 930 cabinets, and two additional expansion phases are planned. At full build, the facility will provide capacity for 2,820 cabinets.
  • Equinix has a long-term goal of using 100 percent clean and renewable energy for its global platform, and continues to make advancements in the way it designs, builds and operates its data centers with high energy-efficiency standards. SV10 sets the green standard for future Equinix IBX builds. It is a LEED Silver Certified building that meets the strict water reduction standards and will feature indirect evaporative cooling (IDEC) technology which dramatically reduces water use; hot aisle containment; accessibility to and from public transportation; and rooftop solar and fuel cells for sustainable energy production.

About Equinix
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world’s leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most interconnected data centers. In 44 markets across five continents, Equinix is where companies come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies. www.equinix.com.

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