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Guy Danskine, Equinix managing director Australia Guy Danskine, Equinix managing director Australia

Data centre operator Equinix has opened its fourth International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre in Melbourne to support the city’s smart city development and the “growing demand for digital transformation globally”.

Equinix says the new $116 million facility now includes more than 29,300 square feet (2,730 square metres) of colocation space, and once fully built out will include more than 88,000 square feet (8,190 square metres) of colocation space.

Equinix also says the new data centre will meet the interconnection needs of local customers - including the Salvation Army. As part of its multicloud strategy, the Salvation Army has moved its key infrastructure to Equinix in Melbourne, while shifting critical business applications across workplace productivity, human resources and more to Software-as-a-Service.

The ME2 IBX is located in Melbourne’s Fishermans Bend area, Australia’s largest urban renewal project, which is forecast to be home to approximately 80,000 residents and provide employment for up to 80,000 people by 2050.

Equinix says companies operating at the ME2 IBX can leverage the ecosystem of approximately 10,000 businesses currently operating on platform Equinix globally, with the facility expected to play a key role in supporting Melbourne’s smart city development.

Guy Danskine, Managing Director, Equinix Australia said, “Five years ago, we entered the Melbourne market with our ME1 facility. In that short time, we now have four sites in two distinct campus locations across the city, containing a flourishing ecosystem that enables secure, high-speed, low-latency connections for our customers and partners”.

“This new IBX demonstrates our continued commitment to the Victorian and Australian digital economies, creating a place where our customers and partners can interconnect across our national footprint of 17 highly connected data centers.”

According to Equinix digital innovation is transforming the ability of today’s businesses to extend market reach, respond flexibly to new customer requirements and deploy the controls needed for security and compliance.

“The complexity behind the evolving digital economy requires businesses to extend network infrastructure to the edge to be in close proximity to their customers and partners for secure data exchange and seamless digital experiences. This added data centre and interconnection capacity in Melbourne will help with those initiatives while also advancing Melbourne’s smart city innovation,” says Equinix.

Equinix says the city of Melbourne is increasingly experiencing digital transformation and is predicted to have a digital economy worth approximately $51 billion (US$36 billion) in 2020 - and the Melbourne data centre campus enables companies to digitise their businesses by embracing cloud applications from more than 80 Cloud and IT service providers.

Equinix also says the ME2 IBX will benefit customers expanding from ME1 to ME2 with a single security ingress point.

“The proximity of ME2 to ME1 allows for seamless expansion of services for existing Equinix ME1 customers and partners. The ME2 IBX also benefits from Equinix Metro Connect connectivity to the ME4 IBX in Derrimut, which is about 19 kilometres away, providing customers with the ability to support geographical diversity and redundancy as needed to support full business continuity within the state of Victoria,” Equinix said.

Craig Tucker, Chief Information Officer, The Salvation Army said: “The Salvation Army is actively pursuing a multicloud strategy to ensure we deliver better and stronger outcomes for the organisation”.

“As a non-profit with a mission to serve vulnerable communities facing hardship or injustice, it’s critical we efficiently use funds to meet the needs of those we serve. This has resulted in a standardised, national IT platform, where we have shifted critical business applications across workplace productivity, human resources and more to Software-as-a-Service, as well as maintaining our key infrastructure in Equinix IBX data centres.”

“Melbourne has a long-term vision as a smart city to adopt useful innovations that fold seamlessly into how we live, work and play. Equinix’s investment in the city, which started with ME1 a few years ago, is now continuing with the opening of ME2, driven by the growing interconnection requirements of a flourishing smart city,” says Nikhil Batra, Associate Research Director, Telecommunications, IDC Asia/Pacific.

“Melbourne is leading the enterprise transformation charge in Australia, where organisations are focusing on customer experience transformation, and business process optimisation in order to build the digital enterprise of the future.”

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