Equinix Launches Its Sixth Financial Services Data Centre in London

The new LD6 facility cost Equinix $79 million increasing its capital expenditures into the Slough facility already housing 170 firms

The leader in delivering network connectivity to companies on the foreign exchange industry, Equinix, has just announced the launch of its sixth data center in London. According to the announcement, the new facility co-located in the firm’s Slough data centre campus cost the company $79 million.

The facility officially named LD6 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) will provide new routes in and out of Europe’s largest financial centre.

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The company’s portfolio continues to grow after the recent data centre openings in New York, Melbourne, Singapore and Toronto. Cloud and network service providers include Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud.

LD6 adds capacity for 1,385 cabinets with the ability to double this capacity in phase two

The Equinix Slough facility is home to a big chunk of the foreign exchange industry’s technological infrastructure. Benefitting from colocation, the latency between different companies in the industry has been reduced to a minimum.

The initial phase of LD6 populates 236,000 square feet (8,000 square meters) and adds capacity for 1,385 cabinets with the ability to double this capacity in phase two.

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Once phase two is completed, the Equinix London Slough campus will provide more than 388,000 square feet (36,000 square meters) of net premium co-location space interconnected by more than 1,000 diverse dark fiber links.

The new Equinix LD6 facility is designed with the latest security and efficiency standards. The facility complies with Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) gold-accredited energy efficient data centre standards. The facility has lower energy consumption and a smaller carbon footprint than other similar facilities.

Energy efficiency has been achieved at the site with the aid of an innovative air system, which utilizes mass air cooling technology with indirect heat exchange and 100 percent natural ventilation.

LD6 is one of the most technically advanced data centres in the UK

The facility has broad appeal because it houses LINX, one of the world’s largest Internet Exchanges and serves as a virtual financial centre housing over 170 financial services companies, with a quarter of European equities trades originating here.

With over 90 network service providers and access to a range of transatlantic cables, the London Slough campus is one of the busiest network nodes in the UK, offering latency in the region of 30 milliseconds to New York and 4 milliseconds to Frankfurt, making it an ideal high-performance hub for cloud and content service provision.

Managing Director of Equinix UK, Russell Poole, said in the company announcement, “LD6 is one of the most technically advanced data centres in the UK. It has been designed to ensure that we can continue to provide state-of-the-art colocation for our current and future customers. This latest addition to our thriving London campus sets new standards in efficiency and sustainability.

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