Equinix, Inc., a provider of global data center services, today announced the opening of its eighth International Business Exchange data center in Silicon Valley, located in San Jose. The new data center extends Platform Equinix to a total of 91 data centers across 35 strategic markets worldwide, and supports the growth of Equinix’s customers who are connecting to their digital supply chain partners in Silicon Valley.

With the opening of this facility, Equinix helps Silicon Valley further solidify its position as the center of innovation in technology,” said Chuck Reed, mayor of San Jose. “For the past 10 years, Equinix has been a valued member of our community and has been a driving force in the technological advancements that have come from the region.”

This new IBX data center is another example of Equinix investing in its customers’ growth, and will offer 165,000 sq ft of space and 2,600 cabinet equivalents when all phases are open. Today’s $103 million Phase 1 facility opening adds 125,000 sq ft and 1,098 cabinet equivalents to Equinix’s global platform of more than six million sq ft of data center space. Connecting this new data center to the existing Silicon Valley campus will enable Equinix to strengthen its peering, cross connect and traffic exchange services, and help its customers extend their market reach. The project is expected to cost approximately $148 million when all phases are complete.

The new IBX opening also marks the 10th anniversary of Equinix’s first data center in Silicon Valley which opened in 2000. Equinix has enabled many of the companies behind the advancement of the Internet over the last decade including Autodesk, Citrix Online, LinkedIn, and Pandora.

“The San Francisco Bay Area continues to be the center of innovation in the technology industry, ranging from cloud applications to online gaming,” said Charles Meyers, president, Equinix North America. “Equinix is proud to call many of the world’s most progressive companies customers and to be able to further facilitate the rapid growth of the digital economy.”