Equinix, the global interconnection and data center company, today announced the opening of four new International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers in Tokyo, Dallas, São Paulo and Sydney, to create more capacity for global companies to connect to their partners, customers and employees.

Equinix said it will invest more than $4.5bn in acquisitions in 2016, including the Telecity purchase price. In total, the expansion adds more than 3 million square feet of colocation space in 37 data centers, expanding Equinix’s global interconnection platform to nearly 150 data centers by the end of the year.

This expansion builds on the global growth Equinix experienced in 2015, a year in which it added five new data centers in key economic hubs including New York, London, Singapore, Melbourne and Toronto. Since then, the company has made two large acquisitions – Bit-isle in Japan (for $275M) in November 2015 and Telecity Group in EMEA (for $3.8B) completed in January 2016.

These new facilities add 27 percent to Platform Equinix

Equinix SG3 data center
Equinix SG3 data center in Singapore – Equinix

The four upcoming data centers will add more than 4,000 new cabinets and 200,000 square feet of white space when fully built out. This will bring Equinix’s total global footprint to 14m square feet, increasing the scale of the company’s Platform Equinix by more than 27 percent year-over-year.

Equinix’s new Tokyo data center, TY5, will be in close proximity to TY3, near Tokyo’s financial district and support services to the greater Tokyo area - the most populous metropolitan area in the world.

The Dallas-Fort Worth region has long been a major Internet and peering exchange point for the southern US, as well as a major communications hub between North and South America. Equinix’s DA7 data center will support global enterprises that require high power density, as well as connectivity to leading NSPs and CSPs in this increasingly strategic market.

Equinix’s new SP3 data center will address increasing demand for colocation in São Paulo, as Equinix’s SP2 facility in Tamboré is nearing capacity. SP3 will double the company’s capacity in Brazil, as more businesses outsource IT and leverage the cloud.

The new SY4 data center will enable Equinix’s Australian customers to take advantage of hybrid cloud architectures. SY4 will be located near the central business district, with access to Southern Cross Cable Head, providing network interconnection in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

All of the new data centers will provide access to the Equinix Cloud Exchange. Available in 21 markets globally, Cloud Exchange offers private, direct connections to major cloud service providers including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Office 365, Google Cloud Platform, SoftLayer and Oracle Cloud.