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Equinix opens third Sydney data centre

Global data centre operator Equinix has opened its third data centre in Sydney, SY3, an International Business Exchange (IBX) in Equinix parlance.

Built at a cost of $US65m and located in south Sydney close to Equinix's two existing data centres, phase one of SY3 provides 1,000 cabinet equivalents of capacity and can be expanded to 3,000 cabinets n subsequent phases.

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.

Customers have been operating from the new facility since 20 June, and these include Cloud Central, IntraPower and Orion VM.

Equinix was recently selected to sit on the Australian Government Information Management Office's (AGIMO) data centre facilities panel, enabling the company to provide data centre services to all levels of Australian government. SY3_exterior
It is 10 years this month since Hawaii based Pihana Pacific opened its first data centre in Sydney. That data centre is now Equinix SY1 following the acquisition of Pihana by US based Equinix a year later.

Pihana's business model had been to provide carrier neutral data centres and to offer customers the greatest possible connectivity both externally with a large number of carriers, and internally via cross-connects with other tenants, and that remains the company's business model today.

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Globally it claims to host more than 4000 customers in 98 data centres with a total area of almost 600,000 square metres and to provide connectivity via 675 network service providers.

The company's president for Asia Pacific, Samuel Lee, said that, to this end the company would never let the majority of space in a centre to one tenant and would offer discounts to tenants dubbed 'magnets' seen as being likely to attract other tenants wishing to connect with them.

"Our company is not like any other data centre that simply provides space and power. We are very focussed on helping people to connect with each other. A lot of people to us simply because their business partner is here."

Darren Mann, managing director, Equinix Australia, said: "We are experiencing a lot of demand from cloud and financial services companies. In the financial services sector the market requires the highest levels of reliability and lowest possible network latency for applications such as high frequency trading."

Lee said: "If you talk to any financial institution today they only about two things: latency - They will pick the best carrier to help them reduce latency - and proximity. They want to be close to each other so they can reduce the latency. They worry about one millisecond because it can mean the loss of a trade."

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