Data Center Environment and Operational Reliability

Our International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers provide global average uptime of >99.9999%. To ensure electricity is always available, our IBX facilities provide a minimum of N+1 power redundancy, so every mission-critical component has at least one backup power feed that kicks in when there's an outage. We also store enough fuel on site to provide 24 to 48 hours of emergency power, and we have guaranteed fuel delivery contracts to replenish those supplies.



Our IBX data center power systems, designed and managed by some of the world’s foremost experts on power management engineering, include built-in redundancy, full Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems with N+1 redundancy levels or greater, and backup generator systems in the event of a local utility failure. Equinix teams also work with customers to configure data center installations to accommodate specific high-power requirements.

Our precision HVAC systems cool the most demanding high-power deployments, providing appropriate airflow, temperature, and humidity to maintain optimum conditions for equipment operation and minimize downtime due to equipment failure. Equinix sells AC and DC power in all regions (AC circuit voltage varies by region).



Equinix provides effective colocation cooling measures and strives to be efficient and sustainable in its use of technology and design. Several IBX data centers are LEED-certified. In Europe, Equinix has received the Green Award from Data Centres Europe. Find out more about our green initiatives.

Robust cooling for the most demanding equipment

A cooling system at an Equinix IBX data center may include*:

  • Variable frequency drives
  • Chilled water pumps
  • Centrifugal chillers
  • Condenser pumps
  • External cooling towers
  • CRAC air-handling units in the colocation area
  • Cold aisle containment

* Cooling system specifications above are representative and elements vary by data center location.



The physical security of Equinix IBX centers is one of our highest priorities. Each IBX center utilizes an array of security equipment, techniques and procedures to control, monitor and record access to the facility, including customer cage areas.

We use advanced security equipment, techniques and procedures to control and monitor access to our data centers. Reaching the colocation floor typically requires passing through five security checkpoints that include manned security stations, mantraps and biometric readers.

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