Equinix To Open $142m Silicon Valley Data Centre, Use Bloom Energy Fuel Cells 

Equinix to open $142m Silicon Valley data center this month, use Bloom Energy fuel cells as primary power1

Equinix will open a new data centre at its Silicon Valley campus on June 30.

In its first phase, SV11 will offer 61,000 square feet (5,667 sq m) of colocation space — enough room for 1,450 cabinets. At full build, there will be capacity for 2,950 cabinets.

The company also plans to expand its existing Bloom Energy fuel cell deployment, with 20MW of capacity for the whole campus.

The natural gas-powered cells will be used for primary generation with utility electrical grid and generators as backup sources, a first for Equinix.

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The $142m SV11 data center has a design power usage effectiveness of 1.17.

Adjacent to SV1, SV5, and SV10, it has cross-connectivity to the other San Jose facilities. Across the whole Silicon Valley region, the company operates fourteen data centres.

“The multi-tenant data center industry in Northern California has continued to see steady demand over the past several years, and this growth will be ongoing for the near future,” Stefanie Williams, senior research analyst for 451 said.

“IT firms of all kinds – from cloud and software to gaming – are driving the demand for connectivity and the ability to be in close proximity to clouds, partners, and users. Equinix is expanding its presence in Silicon Valley to meet these potential customer requirements for digital infrastructure while focusing on designing and operating a facility in line with its internal sustainability objectives.”