The U.S. multinational Equinix, which is a leading global provider of data centre and interconnection services, opened its new HH1 data centre near Hamburg Airport on Thursday (November 28, 2019). Equinix now has four branches in Frankfurt, Munich and Düsseldorf and Hamburg, which is 12,000 square metres in size. Equinix aims to develop powerful digital infrastructure in Hamburg and offer companies direct access to a global network of clouds, networks and potential partners.
Hamburg’s rising importance as digital location
“Equinix’s new data centre means Hamburg is gaining importance as a digital centre. We are delighted to welcome the U.S. stock exchange star to the Elbe,” said Michael Westhagemann, Senator for Economics. “My thanks go to Hamburg Invest. We are confident that together we will be able to inspire more U.S. companies to come to Hamburg.” Hamburg is also being hailed as the “smartest” city in Germany, a recent Bitkom study has found.
Private Internet for businesses
Hamburg Invest helped the company find a suitable commercial site. Equinix has invested around USD 30 million in the purchase, conversion and expansion of the building. The data centre will have around 12,000 square metres of white space for server cabinets etc. and almost 1,900 cabinets. Equinix will offer companies and industries in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region access to one of the world’s largest interconnection platforms, according to Jens-Peter Feidner, Managing Director of Equinix Germany. Interconnection refers to the physical linking of a carrier’s network with equipment or facilities, which do not belonging to that network on the digital edge. As digitalisation gains pace, they are becoming increasingly important for implementing complex and computationally intensive applications. Interconnection is considered an alternative to the public Internet.