Equinix, a global interconnection and data center company, today announced the expansion of its Dallas Infomart Data Center™ campus with the opening of a new $142M International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center and the launch of its 5G and Edge Proof of Concept Center (POCC).
Equinix stated that the moves support the growing demand for companies to accelerate their evolution from traditional to digital businesses by rapidly scaling their infrastructure, easily adopting hybrid multicloud architectures and interconnecting with strategic business partners within the Platform Equinix® global ecosystem of nearly 10,000 customers.
The Dallas region is a major communications hub for the southern United States, with a concentration of telecommunications companies. Many of these companies are part of the dense and diverse ecosystem of carriers, clouds and enterprises at Equinix’s Dallas Infomart campus. This ecosystem makes Equinix Dallas an ideal location for companies seeking to test and validate new 5G and edge innovations, according to Equinix.
Equinix 5G and Edge Proof of Concept Center
The Equinix 5G and Edge Proof of Concept Center (POCC) will provide a 5G and edge “sandbox” environment, enabling Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), cloud platforms, technology vendors and enterprises to directly connect with the largest edge data center platform in order to test, demonstrate and accelerate complex 5G and edge deployment and interoperability scenarios.
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The Equinix 5G and Edge POCC aims to develop 5G and edge architectures that leverage ecosystems already resident at Equinix.
Additionally, it explores hybrid multicloud interconnectivty scenarios between MNOs, public clouds and private infrastructures and develops multiparty business models, partnering strategies and go-to-market motions for the nascent 5G and edge market.
Stefanie Williams, analyst at 451 Research (part of S&P Global Market Intelligence) said that 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.
Dallas multi-tenant data center market
“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,” Williams added.
“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 at Equinix.