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Asia Pacific and European data centre operator, Global Switch, has started construction of a new $300 million data centre in Sydney in response to what the company says is on-going growth in data centre demand, particularly from financial institutions, governments, telecommunications carriers and managed services providers.

The company, a leading owner and operator of wholesale carrier neutral data centre space, is building the new facility – Sydney East - next to its existing West data centre, adjacent to the Sydney CBD.

The new 24,000 square metre data centre will have a power capacity of 32 MW. The adjacent West data centre is already the largest of its kind in Australia at 32 MW over 42,000 square metres.

Global Switch's Executive Chairman, John Corcoran, said early stage earth works had now been completed, and construction was beginning immediately on the first-stage of the new facility. He said the first stage, constituting about one third of the total project, would be completed by the first quarter of 2014.

“With the construction of the Sydney East data centre, our Sydney campus expands upon its already impressive, highly resilient environment delivering further benefits to new and existing customers that result from the scale economies of our facilities.

“Australia is an extremely attractive investment destination given the growth in domestic demand for data centre capacity and also the geo-political benefits it offers to multinational companies.

“With the Asia-Pacific region at the centre of global growth, Australia is in a unique position as a safe and reliable location from which to service that market.”

Corcoran said Sydney East was the next investment in Global Switch’s one-billion pound plus expansion plan, which had commenced with an extension of its Singapore data centre in 2010 and the building of a second data centre on its Paris campus in 2012.


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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).