Digital Realty has announced its continued growth and investment in Australia with the grand opening of Digital Erskine Park II. Digital Realty also announced the acquisition of an additional 1.4-hectare land parcel in Erskine Park. The site will be home to Digital Erskine Park III, a new data centre facility that will add 12 megawatts of capacity to the Digital Realty Erskine Park Connected Campus upon completion. Together, the two new facilities will expand Digital Realty's Australian data centre footprint to six facilities, bringing the company's total investment in Australia to over AUD $1 billion. 

Digital Realty's Newest Sydney Data Centre

Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies MP congratulated Digital Realty on the grand opening. "The opening of this state-of-the-art facility is a huge win for the people of western Sydney. With more professional jobs coming into our region, there are more opportunities for people to live, work and invest in western Sydney, now and into the future," said Davies. "The New South Wales government is committed to growing opportunities for people not only to live, but also to work in western Sydney. We will continue to work hard to ensure people throughout western Sydney have access to fulfilling careers right here at home." 

The grand opening was attended by Councillor Greg Davies, the Deputy Mayor of Penrith, and Graham Davis-King, member and director of the Deerubbin Local Aboriginal Land Council. Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler also congratulated Digital Realty on the opening of the new facility. "We applaud Digital Realty's investment in Penrith, through both the data centre opened today and the company's plans to build an additional facility in Erskine Park," said Fowler. "Council is committed to supporting e-commerce and creating a city that is connected in every way. This includes access to fast and efficient technology infrastructure." 

The next generation, cloud-enabled and environmentally friendly facility encompasses 7,000 square metres and will provide up to 17.4 megawatts of critical IT power capacity to numerous Australian and international customers. 

"Sydney's status as a global hotspot for innovation, and a key city for multinationals as they touch down into the Asia Pacific region, makes it a critically important destination for us. This facility will serve the community well as a strong addition to Sydney's data and technology infrastructure, which is increasingly under-resourced due to the rapid growth of inbound business and the regional digital economy," said A. William Stein, chief executive officer, Digital Realty.

Digital Erskine Park II Additional Features

The newly opened facility was built utilising Digital Realty's latest state-of-the-art, trademarked 4.0 POD Architecture® performance-optimised data centre design. The POD Architecture uses a modular methodology to build out raised floor data centre capacity using standard power and cooling building blocks for cost-effectiveness, design flexibility and energy efficiency. This unique trademarked system leverages Digital Realty's deep expertise and extensive experience designing and building data centres around the globe. 

The facility will employ a state-of-the-art cooling solution that includes a pumped refrigerate economiser cycle, ensuring excellent annualised Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) without water usage, a key factor in ensuring a low impact on the environment. The data centre also features lithium ion battery technology, which provides better performance than traditional lead acid batteries.

The new facility will be connected via dark fibre to the existing facilities on the Digital Realty Erskine Park connected campus, bringing together critical data centre, network, cloud and connectivity providers under a single, secure environment for Australian and international customers. The new facility will have the ability to connect directly to PIPE-IX, the second-largest Internet Exchange in Australia, housed within the Digital Realty Erskine Park connected campus. 

"Our new facility will empower our customers to successfully tackle their unique digital transformation objectives with agile data centre solutions built for growth and harnessing the power of proximity needed for latency-sensitive applications," said Peter Adcock, vice president of design & construction for Asia Pacific at Digital Realty. "Sydney is ideally placed on the Eastern Seaboard, with the fibre optic backbone that runs up through Brisbane and Queensland, and down to Canberra and Melbourne. It picks up a large part of the Australian population and is strategically located along submarine fibre cable routes." 

Digital Realty's Continued Expansion: Digital Erskine Park III

Given the significant demand for the company's recently completed data centres in Sydney, Digital Realty has acquired an additional land parcel to support the next phase of the Erskine Park connected campus. The new site was strategically selected to provide easy network and operations access from the company's existing Erskine Park facilities. Design and planning work for the new 12-megawatt facility is expected to begin shortly, with incremental capacity scheduled to be delivered by 2020, subject to planning approval and customer demand.

Digital Realty will employ up to 500 local contractors during construction of the new facility, providing another boost to the Western Sydney economy. Once fully operational, the data centre will provide up to 30 additional permanent roles, including facilities managers, engineers, security personnel and additional contractors.

"We are excited to further expand our presence in Sydney, a key market for us in Australia and the wider Asia Pacific region," said Krupal Raval, chief financial officer for Asia Pacific at Digital Realty. "The time is right for this expansion. Given the fantastic market demand we have seen for our newest facility that just opened, we have already started the design and planning process for the next phase of our Erskine Park connected campus. We expect to break ground soon, with the goal of delivering our next data centre for customers requiring critical IT space in Sydney by 2020." 

Structure Research's recent Australian data centre research report suggests that massive-scale cloud providers are driving demand in the Sydney and Melbourne data centre markets since local requirements are best served in-country and Australian enterprises tend to be more outsource-friendly than elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region.