REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — The data infrastructure company Equinix is expanding its presence in Germany with a new data center.
The Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data center, called MU4, is located in Aschheim, Germany, which is near Munich, according to the company this month.
The MU4 data center is intended to support the growing digital needs of local companies by providing them with direct, secure, and fast connections to a multitude of cloud providers, services, and partners.
The facility will serve companies in several sectors, including automotive, industrial, financial and health care.
The first phase of MU4 provides 2,250+ square meters of colocation space and over 825 cabinets of capacity. To date, Equinix has invested $90 million in the facility.
The carrier-neutral site offers customers access to a “comprehensive digital ecosystem,” spanning various industries and markets through Platform Equinix.
Companies can also tap Equinix’s colocation and interconnection services, including the software-defined Equinix Fabric service, which enables them to connect to leading cloud and network providers.
MU4 expands Equinix’s presence in the Munich area, where two data centers, MU1 and MU3, are in operation.
The company operates 12 data centers in Munich, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, and Hamburg Germany as part of a global network of over 235 data centers in 65 markets.
MU4’s design is in line with Equinix’s sustainability strategy.
The facility will have a green facade and partially planted roof, both acting as natural insulation and cooling and blending into the cityscape.
The next construction phase of the data center is also expected to include the installation of an aquifer thermal energy storage (ATES) system. Equinix plans for the facility to be powered by 100% renewable energy.
“Munich is home to some of the world’s most innovative businesses,” said Eugene Bergen Henegouwen, president of EMEA, Equinix.
“This makes it a key strategic location for us to invest and grow in. We are proud to start the year with the continued expansion of our German footprint and look forward to supporting more businesses in Munich, as they accelerate their transformation with a powerful and sustainable digital infrastructure.”
Jens-Peter Feidner, managing director for Germany at Equinix, said the company continuously explores and invests in “new climate-friendly technologies to further reduce emissions and save resources.”