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Inside Equinix's Plan To Build Data Centers Exclusively For The World's Largest Clouds

The surging demand for cloud services has made Equinix's substantial existing capacity a bit restrictive for some of its largest and most-prominent customers.

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Meeting (Some) Hyper-Scale Demand

Equinix's retail model wasn't always sufficient for its largest customers.

As hyper-scale clouds looked to lease more racks, the company grappled with concerns that dedicating large sections of its IBX data centers to those unique customers wouldn't leave enough servers for hundreds of other enterprises.

The xScale facilities should ease those limitations—at least for the select dozen hyper-scalers. The largest clouds will be able to provision capacity in the megawatts; installations constituting hundreds of cabinets.

But even by building out and dedicating those computing resources, Equinix doesn't expect to entirely satiate the cloud giants, Schwartz said.

"The demand and scale of what they hyper-scalers need goes beyond what we have in mind to build," Schwartz said. "But we can cover a piece of it."

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