Global colocation and interconnection company, Equinix, has announced the opening of its latest International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Sydney, known as SY4. The new $97 million USD facility supports the strong demand for Platform Equinix in Australia.
Located in Alexandria, less than three miles from Sydney’s central business district, phase one of SY4 provides a total capacity of 1,500 colocation cabinets. Upon completion of the second and final phase, the facility will provide a total capacity of 3,000 colocation cabinets with a total usable floor space of more than 135,000 square feet.
Currently operating two significant data center campuses in Australia, Equinix is adding capacity to meet growing demand for interconnection and colocation services, particularly as the trends in hybrid and multi cloud adoption continue, and as Sydney becomes a digital economy hotspot.
SY4 has already welcomed more than 20 customers, including managed hosting provider Servers Australia, cloud provider Zettagrid, managed network service provider Connectivity IT, and independent broadband network The Grex Group. SY4 will also be an additional Point of Presence (PoP) for network providers including TPG Telecom and Vocus, and the location of the Australian submarine cable head for Hawaiki, the second trans-Pacific cable route connecting Australia and New Zealand to Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States.
“We’re experiencing rapid growth, and Equinix has certainly demonstrated their commitment to supporting our accelerating business,” said Jared Hirst, managing director, Servers Australia. What started as 20 cabinets is now 100, and we’ve now deployed infrastructure across multiple Equinix sites, including SY4. It’s incredibly valuable for us to have a partner we can rely on to scale our business seamlessly. We chose Equinix in the first instance for the convenience of access to their data centres in Sydney and Melbourne, their global network, and ultimately, the ease in which they do business. Today, we’re leveraging the Equinix brand as a market leader in interconnection and we’re thrilled to be part of the milestone that is SY4.”
The Equinix Sydney campus is a business hub for over 600 companies, including 140 network service providers (NSPs) and more than 225 cloud and IT service providers.
“The opening of SY4 is Equinix’s response to growing demand from Australian businesses for colocation, hybrid cloud, and greater interconnection,” said Jeremy Deutsch, managing director Australia, Equinix. “Colocation is now the center for the new hybrid IT model and we’re pleased to see more Australian enterprises actively looking for the best way to leverage their architectures and capitalize on cloud services. They’re recognizing the limitations of on-premise data centers, and making the move to leverage highly interconnected solutions that connect their people, clouds and data. Australian companies continue to lead the world in the adoption of interconnection, and we are proud that Equinix‘s SY4 will enable further opportunities for all of our customers.”