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Data centre operator Equinix continues its Australian expansion with the opening of its eighth International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre in Sydney - named SY5 - with an initial investment of approximately $224 million.

The new SY5 facility is the sixteenth data centre established by Equinix in Australia and the company says its continued expansion in the country demonstrates its investment in “increasing value for local customers, providing more capacity and interconnection capability to digitally transform their businesses”.

The new South Sydney facility will be the largest to date for Equinix in Australia as it continues to expand its national footprint to support companies with their digital transformation.

Equinix says companies including Servers Australia and AnyCast Networks, have selected SY5 to put their IT infrastructure at the digital edge, in order to expand into new markets, optimise networks and deliver premium services to their customers.

The SY5 IBX is located in Alexandria, about four kilometres from Sydney’s central business district offering an initial capacity of 1,825 cabinets.

And Equinix says the new facility will host a total colocation space of approximately 25,000 square metres and 9,225 cabinets when fully built.

Equinix says its Sydney facilities enable companies to set up direct links to the continent’s two largest peering points along with direct access to the trans-Pacific telecommunications cables network Southern Cross Cable Head, the PIPE Pacific Cable network that runs from Australia to Guam, the new submarine cable system Hawaiki that connects Australia with New Zealand, other Pacific Islands and the continental US, as well as the Australia Singapore Cable (ASC) between Australia and Singapore.

Jeremy Deutsch, President Asia-Pacific, Equinix said,“Equinix is committed to continuously evolving our services to interconnect our customers at the digital edge, a critical part of digital transformation efforts of many enterprises, cloud providers and network providers”.

“Expansions of our platform and innovations of our technology make us a trusted advisor for our customers to help accelerate their digital transformation journeys. I look forward to seeing Equinix continue our growth in Australia as part of our expansion plans in the region.”

Glenn Uidam, Senior Director, IBX Operations, Equinix Australia said: “This expansion once again demonstrates our commitment to enhancing the local digital economy by enabling digital transformation in Australia.
“Our vast array of services offered on Platform Equinix deliver increased value for customers, providing more capacity and interconnection capabilities for them to run more efficiently and provide more effective services for their users.

“We thank our customers for placing their trust in us to support their digital transformation and we look forward to continuing to work together and improve the state of doing business in Australia.”

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Peter Dinham

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).

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