Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQIX) has announced the opening of its SY4 International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Sydney. The $97 million facility, located in Alexandria, less than 3 miles from Sydney's central business district, is part of two data center campuses the company operates in Australia.
The company says that SY4 already supports 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. Equinix expects SY4 also will serve as a point of presence (PoP) for such network providers as TPG Telecom and Vocus, as well as 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 scheduled for completion in June 2018 (see "Hawaiki transpacific submarine cable project advances to marine survey stage").
Equinix plans to build out the full capacity of SY4 in two phases. The initial phase provides a total capacity of 1,500 cabinets. The second phase will double that number and bring the facility's usable floor space to more than 135,000 square feet.
The company's Australian footprint includes the Sydney campus, which serves more than 600 companies, including 140 network service providers (NSPs) and more than 225 cloud and IT service providers. It comprises SY1, SY2, and SY3 in addition to the newly opened SY4. Equinix's second campus in the country is in Melbourne, home to the recently expanded ME1 facility.
"The opening of SY4 is Equinix's response to growing demand from Australian businesses for colocation, hybrid cloud, and greater interconnection," said Jeremy Deutsch, managing director, Australia, at Equinix. "Colocation is now the center for the new hybrid IT model and we're pleased to see more Australian enterprises actively looking for the best way to leverage their architectures and capitalize on cloud services. They're recognizing the limitations of on-premise data centers, and making the move to leverage highly interconnected solutions that connect their people, clouds and data."
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