Equinix Extends Operations Into China Through Partnership With Shanghai Data Solution
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, today announced a strategic partnership agreement with Shanghai Data Solution Co., Ltd. (SDS), a leading systems integrator for network and communications services in Shanghai, the People’s Republic of China. The partnership allows Equinix customers to enjoy a similar level of availability and reliability of colocation services in China through the SDS data center, as they do within the 49 International Business ExchangeTM (IBX) data centers operated by Equinix worldwide. The partnership provides Equinix with a strategic entry-way into one of the world’s most sought-after and fastest-growing market: China.
The newest SDS data center is located in the Pudong area of Shanghai. Equinix performed multiple engineering audits and established that the center meets the company’s stringent availability requirements and facility standards to deliver colocation services. To ensure a premier customer experience and service quality, Equinix will provide ongoing operations support to the SDS team. In addition, Equinix plans to open a coordination and support function office in Shanghai in Q2 2010.
Shanghai is one of the China’s largest commerce and financial centers. With a population of more than 20 million people, the city is renowned of its sophisticated infrastructure and a large pool of English-speaking professionals. The city’s foreign direct investment reached a record level in 2009— a total of US$10.5 billion in investments from overseas, up 4.5 percent on a year-on-year basis, according to the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce.
“Shanghai, home to a vast base of multinational corporations, is identified by Equinix customers as a top location for buying premium quality colocation services in China,” said Samuel Lee, president of Equinix in Asia Pacific. “A large percentage of SDS existing customer base consists of foreign telecom operators, financial institutions and multinational corporations. SDS’ proven track record in supporting foreign customers and bilingual capabilities in both sales and operations functions make the company a natural choice as our data center partner in Shanghai.”
“Our Pudong data center is one of the newest facilities in the Shanghai metro area. With our operating experience in China for more than 10 years, we are confident that we are able to provide unmatched services to Equinix customers for their colocation needs in China,” said Dr. Jianfeng Zhang, general manager, Shanghai Data Solution.