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Equinix to open data centre in Seoul in 3Q2019

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Data centre provider Equinix will open a carrier-neutral data centre in Seoul by the third quarter of the year, offering an initial capacity of 550 cabinets in the first phase and occupying about 1680 square metres.

In a statement, the company said the opening of the International Business Exchange data centre coincided with the forthcoming launch of 5G networks in March.

The new data centre, called SL1, will be located at Sangam, known as Digital Media City, near Seoul’s central business district

Over the last three years, Equinix has expanded its IBX presence in the Asia-Pacific region, with facilities that are built on Platform Equinix.

Globally, the company has 200 IBX data centres across 52 markets and 24 countries, providing services for more than 9800 of the world’s leading businesses.

Equinix currently has 40 IBX data centres across 12 markets in Asia-Pacific.

Samuel Lee, president, Equinix Asia-Pacific, said: “Seoul, the fourth-largest metropolitan economy globally, is an important connection point for both regional and global businesses, and we are excited to expand our global platform to this new metro in South Korea.

"Our operations will enable customers to securely deploy their infrastructure, reach global ecosystem partners and scale their businesses at the digital edge, all within our carrier-neutral IBX data centres that are managed with global standards of operational excellence.

"We look forward to helping our global customers expand into this key market, while also helping South Korean companies accelerate their digital transformation initiatives via Platform Equinix.”

Kiho Gum, vice-president, and cloud service director, Samsung SDS, said: “We are delighted that Equinix is extending its global footprint to our native country with a presence in Seoul.

"Based on our great experience working with Equinix in the global market, we believe this expansion will have a truly positive impact, enabling us and other local companies to interconnect with other markets regionally and globally, and enjoy greater scalability to meet the changing needs of businesses in today’s fast-paced economy.”

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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