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Private cloud colocation space at state-of-the-art Equinix DC12 data center. Photo courtesy of Equinix.

Touring Equinix’s State-of-the-Art DC12 Data Center

Datapipe prides itself on partnering with like-minded, innovative organizations – companies that can work with us to provide customers with the very best in custom solutions, managed services, security, and reliability. This mutual commitment to excellence is what led to our partnership with Equinix, the world’s largest IBX data center and colocation provider. Together, we’ve been helping enterprises deliver and maintain scalable, dynamic cloud solutions across the globe for over 16 years.

Equinix has always been on the forefront of data center innovation, providing organizations with unparalleled interconnection opportunities. Recently, the company opened a new, state-of-the-art 57,800 square foot data center at its Ashburn, Virginia campus in Loudoun County, and we jumped at the chance to take a tour of the new facility.

Photo courtesy of Equinix
Twilight falls on the main lobby entrance to DC12. Photo courtesy of Equinix

Equinix’s new International Business ExchangeTM (IBX®) data center, named DC12, will enable enterprises and government agencies to address new opportunities in the digital economy – and its location in Loudoun County is no coincidence. According to a story by CBS Sunday Morning, 70 percent of all global web traffic runs through Loudoun County daily. The county has the largest concentration of data centers in the world with more than 70 buildings spanning 10 million square feet. A market study published by Equinix predicts that the area will see interconnection bandwidth grow at a rate of 39 percent annually, reaching 323 Tbps by 2020.

Secure mantrap entry with biometrics security technology leading into the heart of DC12. Photo courtesy of Equinix.

According to Equinix, the DC12 IBX data center in Loudoun County “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 with the ability to interconnect with partners and customers to quickly and efficiently exchange critical operational data.” The facility was built to handle large deployments and rapid data growth, constructed with steel frames and precast concrete for maximum efficiency and flexibility.

State-of-the-art colocation space at DC12 in preparation for cage installations. Photo courtesy of Equinix.

DC12 will also serve as the “green standard” for all future Equinix data centers. The U.S. Green Building Council granted the facility with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, one of the highest green certifications a building can receive today. DC12 features state-of-the-art evaporative cooling (IDEC) technology, which dramatically reduces water use, and hot aisle containment solutions that provide significant energy savings. DC12 is just one step in the company’s long-term goal of using 100 percent clean renewable energy in all its data centers. For a bird’s-

Check out the video below for a bird’s-eye view of the facility.

While both Equinix and Datapipe have grown and evolved over the last 16 years, our focus has remained the same: solving complex IT challenges for our customers. Partnering with Equinix allows us to offer a fully managed global footprint, giving us the ability to provide more flexibility, scalability, and support to our clients. Between Datapipe and Equinix, businesses can feel confident that they’re receiving the expertise and experience needed to handle the changing infrastructure needs of today’s rapidly evolving IT landscape.

Datapipe has joined forces with Rackspace to create the world’s leader in multi-cloud managed services. Learn more about the acquisition here.

About Charles Colletti

Charles Colletti
As Datapipe’s Channel Marketing Manager, Charles is responsible for developing and driving Datapipe’s channel marketing strategy. He's also responsible for ensuring Datapipe stays ahead of the curve offering private, public, and hybrid cloud platform solutions through the company’s partnerships with AWS, Microsoft, Equinix, Google, and others.

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