Equinix has officially opened its third data center (WA3) in Warsaw, the capital of Poland with an investment of approximately $34 million (€31 million).

With this announcement, the first phase of Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Warsaw is ready and now online, providing 475 cabinets and more than 1,400 square meters (15,000 square feet) of colocation space.

“By opening a new data center in Warsaw, we are increasing the capacity of interconnection in Poland. We believe the ability to securely process huge amounts of data – as enabled by interconnection – builds competitiveness in the digital economy. The latest edition of our annual market study, the Global Interconnection Index Volume 3, confirms this,” said Robert Busz, Managing Director of Equinix Poland.

“The independent survey we conducted alongside this report, shows four out of ten (39%) IT decision-makers in Poland and almost half (48%) in the world believe interconnection is the main factor enabling digital transformation.”

The new data center offers access to the Equinix Internet Exchange (formerly Polish Internet Exchange – PLIX). The company further said that the addition of WA3 enables local customers to leverage more of its solutions such as Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric, which allows them to gain access to the largest cloud providers in the world, such as: Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Google Cloud.

WA3 will be using 100% renewable energy from wind. Other measures deployed by Equinix to safeguard the environment include adaptive control systems, cold/hot aisle containment, energy-efficient LED and motion-controlled lighting.

Expansion of the new facility has commenced, and a full build will enable Equinix WA3 facility to offer more than 3,500 square meters of colocation space, with capacity for approximately 1,200 cabinets.

Few weeks ago, Equinix also announced the opening of its fourth International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Melbourne, Australia. The $77.5 million facility is code-named ME2 and now offers more than 29,300 square feet of colocation space.