To support the increasing demand for digital infrastructure crucial to power Singapore’s digital economy, Equinix has announced an investment of US$86 million to expand its fifth International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre in Singapore, SG5.
Yee May Leong, Managing Director, Equinix South Asia said:
“The expanded capacity of SG5 allows us to meet the rapidly increasing demand for digital infrastructure. Our digital infrastructure empowers public and private organizations with the capabilities necessary for innovation, participation, and success in the digital economy. This is crucial as enterprises in Singapore continue their drive towards digital transformation, solidifying Singapore’s status as Southeast Asia’s premier business and technology hub. The BCA Green Mark Platinum certification is a testament to our ability to build sustainable data centers, which is in line with the government’s National Green Plan 2030 and Smart Nation agenda.”
SG5 IBX is a nine-story facility located at the Tanjong Kling data centre park. It strengthens Equinix’s cross-island presence and location diversity, with all five of Equinix’s current IBX data centers strategically spread across the island.
The SG5 expansion adds more than 1,475 cabinets to meet the digital connectivity requirements of both current and new customers. This increases SG5’s capacity to more than 2,950 cabinets – with more than 83,000 square feet (more than 7,700 square meters) of colocation space. At full buildout, SG5 is expected to offer 5,000 cabinets, with a total colocation space of close to 129,000 square feet (approximately 12,000 square meters).
In a related development, Equinix was also selected by Inligo Networks to establish a cable landing station for its Asia Connect Cable System (ACC1) subsea cable in Singapore. ACC1 will provide low latency, high capacity connectivity between Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and the United States. The Equinix data centre campus in Singapore is connected to 14 key submarine cable systems, including ACC1, underscoring the company’s long-term commitment to Singapore’s Digital Hub ambitions.
Simon Zettl, Chief Revenue Officer, Inligo Networks said: “Equinix emerged as the partner of choice for us due to its entrenched global footprint, as well as its extensive ecosystems of major network and cloud service providers that facilitate the connectivity necessary to maximize outcomes in today’s digital world. With Singapore’s status as a gateway to Asia-Pacific, we look forward to working with Equinix to deliver optimal functionality and value for fast-digitalizing organizations and economies throughout the region.”
In an effort to support Singapore’s strong commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and achieving its goal of reaching net-zero emission by or around 2050, Equinix’s data centres in Singapore achieved 100 per cent renewable in 2020 and adopt energy efficient technology and energy savings initiatives, such as adaptive control systems and cold/hot aisle containment.
SG5 leverages Equinix’s bespoke and innovative surface cooling technology, known as the Equinix Cooling Array, supporting high density customers while reducing water and energy requirements. Currently, Equinix has 240 IBX data centers in 66 metros across 27 countries around the world. In Asia-Pacific, it operates 52 IBX data centers in Singapore, Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan and Korea.