Equinix, Inc. has announced plans to construct a third International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in the Seattle metropolitan area. The new data center will further extend Platform Equinix to meet strong demand for premium interconnection and data center services in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest region from network and cloud service providers, and content and digital media companies.

The new Seattle IBX will be adjacent to Equinix’s existing SE2 data center and to the Westin Building, a premier telecommunication hub and carrier hotel located in downtown Seattle. The proximity and direct fiber connectivity to both locations will facilitate customer interconnections and provide access to a wide range of networks and carriers. Adding approximately 51,000 square feet of data center space and capacity for more than 1,000 cabinet equivalents, the new IBX will significantly expand Equinix’s presence in the Seattle market to better meet customer demand. Equinix will invest approximately $60 million to build the new IBX data center, which is estimated to open in Q1 2013.

“As a major communications hub for the Northwest United States and a distribution point for IP traffic to Asia, the Seattle market is important for customers who rely on Platform Equinix to improve application performance and connect to key members of their digital ecosystem,” said Charles Meyers, president of the Americas for Equinix. “Equinix has long catered to the many cloud, network, and digital content companies in the Seattle area and we are continuing to invest in the metro region to meet customer demand for our data center and interconnection service.