Equinix, Inc. has announced the opening of its latest International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center in Sydney, known as SY4. Centrally located, the new $97 million USD facility supports the strong demand for Platform Equinix™ in Australia. Currently operating two significant data center campuses in Australia, Equinix is adding capacity to meet growing demand for interconnection and colocation services, particularly as the trends in hybrid and multi cloud adoption continue, and as Sydney becomes a digital economy hotspot.
"We're experiencing rapid growth, and Equinix has certainly demonstrated their commitment to supporting our accelerating business. What started as 20 cabinets is now 100, and we've now deployed infrastructure across multiple Equinix sites, including SY4. It's incredibly valuable for us to have a partner we can rely on to scale our business seamlessly. We chose Equinix in the first instance for the convenience of access to their data centres in Sydney and Melbourne, their global network, and ultimately, the ease in which they do business. Today, we're leveraging the Equinix brand as a market leader in interconnection and we're thrilled to be part of the milestone that is SY4," said Jared Hirst, managing director, Servers Australia.
SY4 has already welcomed more than 20 customers, including managed hosting provider Servers Australia, cloud provider Zettagrid, managed network service provider Connectivity IT, and independent broadband network The Grex Group. SY4 will also be an additional Point of Presence (PoP) for network providers including TPG Telecom and Vocus, and the location of the Australian submarine cable head for Hawaiki, the second trans-Pacific cable route connecting Australia and New Zealand to Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States.
Located in Alexandria, less than three miles from Sydney's central business district, phase one of SY4 provides a total capacity of 1,500 cabinets. Upon completion of the second and final phase, the facility will provide a total capacity of 3,000 cabinets with a total usable floor space of more than 135,000 square feet.
The Equinix Sydney campus is a business hub for over 600 companies, including 140 network service providers (NSPs) and more than 225 cloud and IT service providers, providing the most interconnected group of data centers in Australia. It is also the only place where companies can set up direct links to both of the continent's two largest Internet peering points, as well as key submarine cable systems, including the Southern Cross Cable Head, the PIPE Pacific Cable, and the soon to be launched Hawaiki cable. With a completion date of June 2018, Hawaiki will be the latest addition to the rich ecosystem of submarine cables that connect Equinix's customers globally, with SY4 customers assured of the most direct connection to the Hawaiki cable.
After experiencing significant growth in the last two years, long-time Equinix customer Servers Australia has deployed additional infrastructure in SY4. Servers Australia and its customers are now benefiting from increased geo-redundancy by leveraging Equinix's Sydney and Melbourne facilities.
TPG and Vocus, along with other network providers, have made SY4 an on-net facility; ensuring customers can leverage direct connectivity to their networks.
With SY4, Equinix now has five data centers in Australia, including SY1, SY2 and SY3 in Sydney, and the recently expanded ME1 facility in Melbourne. In total, Equinix has 29 IBX data centers in APAC, across five countries and eight metros, and operates more than 146 data centers globally across 40 metros.