Equinix to invest $9 mn to acquire land parcel in Chennai for expansion

In Asia-Pacific, Equinix currently has 52 IBX data centers in key metros across Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea and Singapore


Chennai | IT Parks | Centre of Excellence

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Digital infrastructure company Equinix on Tuesday announced an investment of over $9 million to acquire a parcel of land in Chennai on a long-term leasehold basis as part of its expansion and growth strategy in India.

According to a Nasscom report, over 80 third-party data centers are currently in operation in India, and investments from both local and international players are expected to reach $4.6 billion per year by 2025.

The parcel of land is located in the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu Ltd (SIPCOT) IT Park, providing a total space of more than 5.5 acres. It is strategically located in the Siruseri area, which is known as the IT Corridor of Chennai, with large and upcoming IT parks and well-established telecom networks.

Manoj Paul, managing director, Equinix India, said, “With the infrastructure status for data centers recently announced by the Indian government, India is well positioned to grow as one of the most important data center hubs in South Asia. There is a lot of momentum and interest from large global players to establish and expand their footprint in India. Many of our customers are keen to expand beyond Mumbai, and Chennai is often their next requested destination.”

In 2021, Equinix entered India through the acquisition of two data centers in Mumbai, named MB1 and MB2. The two data centers in Mumbai are home to the digital infrastructure of numerous global organizations and provide a total of 1,350 cabinets.

Equinix also launched a Global Center of Excellence (GCoE) in India, which will provide customers and employees with innovative and automated digital technologies to improve the resilience of their digital infrastructures.

Globally, Equinix operates 240 International Business ExchangeTM (IBX®) data centers across 66 metros, providing digital infrastructure for more than 10,000 of the world’s leading businesses. In Asia-Pacific, Equinix currently has 52 IBX data centers in key metros across Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea and Singapore.

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