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Tuesday, 03 April 2012 11:59

Equinix accelerates $50m Sydney data centre expansion

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Equinix has commenced a $US50m expansion of its third Sydney data centre (SY3) - which opened in August 2011 - at a cost of $US65m - six months ahead of schedule.

The expansion will double the number of cabinets to 2000 and is the result of high demand for premium colocation and interconnection services from cloud and financial service providers, according to Equinix. It is due to be completed by September 2012.

Equinix said that SY3 had attracted more than 60 customers to date. At the opening the company said that capacity could be expand from 1000 to 3000 racks in total.

At the launch of SY3 Equinix gave no indication of when it expected to add more capacity and still declines to do so. Country manager Tony Simonsen told iTWire: "I actively assess supply and demand all the time and when I see the indicators that suggest we need to be thinking about the next buildout, we will do that."

SY3 has direct fibre connectivity to Equinix's SY1 and SY2 IBX data centre campus, located less than 1.5kms away, and between then the three centres provide external connectivity via more than 60 network providers.

SY3 supports a standard power density of 4kVA per cabinet, but the company says it can support much higher densities if required. The facility has been designed in accordance with the internationally recognised LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Gold standard certification system that takes into account factors such as energy savings, water efficiency and CO2 emissions reduction.

Equinix also announced that all three of its Sydney data centres SY1, SY2 and SY3, had successfully passed an external audit for compliance with ISO27001, the highest global standard for information security. "This ISO certification provides further assurance that Equinix provides a high level of security, and is a pivotal standard for the support of cloud and financial services providers."

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