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Global data centre provider Digital Realty continues to expand its investment in Australia with the opening of a new data centre at Erskine Park in Sydney and plans for further land acquisitions and a third facility, bringing total investment in Australia to more than $1 billion.

The Digital Erskine Park II facility has just been opened by Digital Realty and the company announced the acquisition of an additional 1.4-hectare land parcel to build another new data centre that will add 12 megawatts of capacity to the Erskine Park Connected Campus on completion.

Digital Realty says the Erskine Park 11 facility is the next generation, cloud-enabled and environmentally friendly facility and encompasses 7000 square metres and will provide up to 17.4 megawatts of critical IT power capacity to numerous Australian and international customers.  

"Sydney's status as a global hotspot for innovation, and a key city for multinationals as they touch down into the Asia Pacific region, makes it a critically important destination for us,” said Digital Realty chief executive William Stein.

“This facility will serve the community well as a strong addition to Sydney's data and technology infrastructure, which is increasingly under-resourced due to the rapid growth of inbound business and the regional digital economy."  

Digital Realty says the new facility will be connected via dark fibre to the existing facilities on the Erskine Park connected campus, bringing together critical data centre, network, cloud and connectivity providers under a single, secure environment for Australian and international customers.  

“Our new facility will empower our customers to successfully tackle their unique digital transformation objectives with agile data centre solutions built for growth and harnessing the power of proximity needed for latency-sensitive applications," said Peter Adcock, vice-president of Design & Construction for Asia Pacific at Digital Realty.

"Sydney is ideally placed on the Eastern Seaboard, with the fibre optic backbone that runs up through Brisbane and Queensland, and down to Canberra and Melbourne.  It picks up a large part of the Australian population and is strategically located along submarine fibre cable routes."

Energy infrastructure provider Vertiv is supplying power, cooling and uninterruptable power source (UPS) technology to Digital Realty’s Erskine park 11 data centre to ensure the facility meets the highest levels of energy efficiency.

Tony Gaunt, senior director, colocation, cloud and BFSI, Vertiv Australia and New Zealand. said, “Digital Realty and Vertiv have a long-standing global relationship that ensures its focus on reliability, speed, efficiency and ability to replicate proven designs worldwide is second to none”.

“Through intelligent use of technology such as lithium-ion batteries and pumped refrigerant thermal management, Digital Realty ensures a consistent design and ability to maximise space while optimising power usage effectiveness (PUE). This translates to a lower total cost of ownership, delivering better value for customers.”

Robert Linsdell, managing director, Vertiv Australia and New Zealand, said, “As businesses and consumers, our insatiable appetite for data is driving IT spend in Australia towards $93 billion in 2019 and this is creating demand for more and more data centres”.

“This has a huge impact on energy, and we estimate data centres now consume at least 5% of power generated in Australia, causing concern for businesses. Digital Realty is defining the standard for responsible and efficient colocation and cloud services in Australia, and this expertise will become more vital as businesses continue to invest in energy-hungry, cloud-reliant and data-driven services such as virtual reality and artificial intelligence.”


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