The world’s digital infrastructure company has announced plans to build a new International Business Exchange data center in Agecroft Commerce Park in Salford,
As the UK’s second largest city, Manchester occupies an important strategic position at the intersection of the UK’s highly resilient ‘eight’ fiber optic networks. The new IBX – called MA5 – will be Equinix’s fifth data center in the Greater Manchester area and is scheduled to open next spring, bringing 50 jobs to the region.
Manchester is Europe’s second largest creative, digital and media hub, housing MediaCity UK – one of the world’s most advanced media centers and home to the BBC’s headquarters, the company said.
The city has a fast-growing technology scene, known for e-commerce, and a start-up ecosystem. It is home to low latency through network routes to the United States and has access to international submarine cables via Ireland and the west of England.
The British Minister for Science and Innovation George Freeman said: “The UK is one of the world’s most digitally advanced economies. Through government – industry collaboration we are investing in new 5G and next generation digital technologies to support UK companies building better from pandemic.
“Equinix’s new Manchester data center will not only help create well-paid jobs across Manchester and the wider north-west, but will also ensure companies have the digital technology needed to succeed and grow in global markets . “
Lorraine Wilkinson, Vice President of Sales, UK, Equinix, noted: “With a rich industrial history, Manchester has long been one of the UK’s leading business cities, targeting globally recognized companies and start-ups looking to grow and MA5 will provide high-speed connectivity to the north of England, facilitating the next generation of digital transformation in the region.The new site will bring Equinix’s total investment in Manchester to over £ 130 million and £ 1 billion + in the UK’s digital infrastructure as a whole . ”