The first stage of the South Sydney facility, to be set up as a cost of US$160 million (A$224 million) is expected to open its doors in the third quarter of 2019 and will initially offer 1825 cabinets. This centre will be the largest set up by the company in Australia.
The SY5 IBX in Alexandria, about four kilometres from the Sydney CBD, will have total colocation space of approximately 25,000 square metres when fully built. After it opens, Equinix will have an Australian footprint of 16 IBX data centres across Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane.
Equinix Sydney facilities provide direct links to the Australia'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 and the Australia Singapore Cable.
A rendered image of SY5. Courtesy: Equinix
SY5 will be located adjacent to SY4 with direct physical access between the buildings via a secure link bridge, creating a physical campus extension between the sites.
The SY5 IBX will also benefit from Equinix Metro Connect connectivity to the SY6 IBX in Silverwater, providing customers with the ability to support geographical diversity and redundancy as needed to support full business continuity within the Sydney basin.
Samuel Lee, president, Equinix Asia-Pacific, said: “Equinix aims to provide the best possible support for our customers as they navigate digital transformation, which is forecast to contribute more than US$1 trillion (approximately A$1.4 trillion) to the Asia-Pacific GDP by 2021.
"As a trusted adviser to our customers across the region, we are committed to expanding our platform and innovating new technologies to accelerate these digital transformation journeys."
Jeremy Deutsch, managing director, Equinix Australia, commented: “We’re thrilled to continue an exciting period of growth for Equinix globally with the addition of SY5 IBX in Sydney. Sitting on Platform Equinix, SY5 further enables us to offer scalable digital infrastructure and on-demand interconnection both in the local market and across the Asia-Pacific region via a single platform.
"Local businesses are increasingly functioning at the digital edge with interconnection. SY5 is a display of our commitment to meeting our customers’ needs, providing them with the ability to securely and directly connect their employees, partners and customers.”