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An artist's impression of what the new Perth data centre will look like on completion. An artist's impression of what the new Perth data centre will look like on completion. Supplied

Data centre operator Equinix will set up a third International Business Exchange data centre in Perth, bringing its total data centres in Australia to 18.

Named PE3, the first phase of the $76.6 million centre is scheduled to open in the last quarter of 2021, a statement from Equinix said on Tuesday.

PE3 is expected to provide access to 1045 companies, including 215 networks and 395 cloud providers who use Platform Equinix in the country.

The statement said the decision to build PE3 was driven by the fact that Perth was becoming a strategic part of Australia's Internet infrastructure due to its proximity to Southeast Asia and direct links to both the Australia Singapore Cable and Indigo Cable.

Both cables terminate inside the Equinix Perth campus, cutting data transport times between Singapore and Australia by half. A third subsea cable is being built between Australia and the Sultanate of Oman.

The statement said PE3 would be located adjacent to PE2, about 22km from the Perth Airport. "The first phase of the Perth facility will offer an initial capacity of 650 cabinets and a colocation space of more than 1830 square metres. When fully built, the facility will offer 1650 cabinets and a colocation space of more than 10,600 square metres," it added.


A map of Perth showing the location of the city's three Equinix data centres. Supplied

The PE3 IBX will interconnection solutions, including Equinix Fabric, formerly Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric, an on-demand, SDN-enabled interconnection service that allows any business to connect between its distributed infrastructure and any other company’s distributed infrastructure.

Through Equinix Fabric, customers in Perth can set up direct connectivity with international and local cloud service providers across Australia, such as Alibaba, AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, SAP Cloud and SoftLayer, as well as major network service providers, such as Telstra, Optus and Vocus.

Jeremy Deutsch, president, Equinix Asia-Pacific, said: "Equinix continues to provide customers with the best possible digital infrastructure building blocks to help them be successful. As a trusted adviser to our customers across the globe, we are committed to investing and expanding our platform and facilities to accelerate their digital transformation journeys.

"Following our ME2 IBX data centre in Melbourne opening at the beginning of the year, we are delighted to announce our plan to open a third data centre in Perth, which is fast becoming an important jumping-off point for businesses looking for fast, secure and low-latency connectivity to the rest of the world. We will continue to plan for expansion in Australia and support digital leaders across the country.”

Guy Danskine, managing director, Equinix Australia, said: “We’re thrilled to continue an exciting growth period for Equinix with the planned addition of the PE3 IBX in Perth. Since entering West Australia almost three years ago, we’ve seen substantial growth driven by the state’s digital economy.

"As the impact of digital technologies continues to grow in intensity across every industry, such as mining, government and life sciences, digital leaders need one platform that brings together and interconnects the foundational infrastructure required to create digital advantage.

"The interconnection options available in PE3 will support our customers during their digital transformation journeys as they move their businesses closer to the edge and look to expand within Asia-Pacific and beyond.”

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