What Is a Data Center? What Are Different Types of Data Centers? – Interconnections – The Equinix Blog

Putting sustainability within reach

Most enterprise and government data centers cannot meet the high standards of today’s or future sustainability objectives (i.e., carbon neutrality), especially on a global scale. This is where companies can benefit from our commitment to protect, connect and power a more sustainable digital world. At Equinix, we design, build and operate our data centers with high energy-efficiency standards and a long-term goal of using 100% clean and renewable energy for our global platform. In 2021 we achieved 95% renewable coverage for our global data center energy consumption, with over 200 sites covered with 100% renewable energy. Companies around the world can drive their business advantage by leveraging Equinix data center sustainability.

One thing is certain: data center models, technologies and methodologies will continue to evolve. At Equinix, we will continue to innovate our global digital infrastructure platform to make our IBX and xScale data centers the most reliable, scalable, secure and sustainable for our customers.

Learn more by reading the Leaders’ Guide to Digital Infrastructure.



[1] Network World, “What are data centers? How they work and how they are changing in size and scope,” by Jeff Rochlin, August 24, 2022.

[2] Data Center Knowledge, “The Pandemic Is Laying Waste to On-prem Data Centers,” January 21, 2022.

[3] IDC, “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Datacenter Colocation and Interconnection Services 2021 Vendor Assessment,” by Courtney Munroe, June 2021, IDC #US46746121.

[4] CBRE, “Record Demand Fuels H1 2022 Surge in North American Data Center Development,” August 8, 2022.

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