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NAP of the Americas to be Expanded PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 September 2018 07:01

NAP of the Americas has a rich pedigree going back to the Verizon days and Equinix is committed to making sure its acquired asset is sweated out to the max, while also boosting the connectivity of its growing band of 600 clients.

Equinix has extended its Equinix MI1 data centre in Miami, otherwise known as the Network Access Point (NAP) of the Americas. It is billed as the primary US interconnection point from North America to the LATAM and Caribbean (LA&C) markets.

The $60m expansion comes after the six-storey 750,000 square feet MI1 building was purchased as part of Equinix’ acquisition of 29 data centres from Verizon in 2017.

The expansion includes the completion of the first phase of the fifth-floor build-out (the first four floors were already up and running with customer data centre space available on floors two to four) and the renovation of the ground floor.

Targeted for completion in February 2019, the expansion increases the building capacity by 1,093 cabinets to a total of 6,489 cabinets, and brings online an additional 4MW of UPS backed power. “Customers needing larger footprints, for example 100 cabinets, can now find a home in MI1 with enough capacity and power to satisfy their needs for many years to come,” said the company.

MI1 brings interconnectivity from more than 130 telecoms carriers, with 47% based in LA&C markets. Seven Tier 1 network service providers (NSPs) deliver to customers upstream access to the global internet and unlimited private interconnections between businesses.

The facility also provides termination points for several international subsea cable systems between North America and Brazil, including Monet and GlobeNet in the MI3 facility, which can be accessed from MI1.

The data center currently has around 600 unique customers, with 80% of them enterprises and 20% of them telecoms carriers, said Equinix.