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Citing Seattle as a communications hub and an important portal to Asia, Redwood City, California-based Equinix announced today that it plans to build a new $60 million data center in the heart of the city. The new 51,000 square foot International Business Exchange facility, slated to open in 2013, will be adjacent to Equinix’s existing SE2 data center and the Westin Building.

It marks the largest data center for Equinix in the region.

The Westin Building is one of Seattle’s most important data center facilities, serving as nexus for many network providers. And Equinix has a strong partnership with Amazon Web Services, allowing businesses to connect their infrastructure to Amazon’s cloud offering over 1 gigabit or 10 gigabit Ethernet optical cables.

The new building will have capacity for as many as 1,000 cabinet equivalents. Earlier this month, Equinix, which operates 98 data centers across the globe, announced a $150 million revolving credit facility.

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