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Equinix opens SY4 Sydney data centre

Equinix,  a global interconnection and data centre company, has opened its latest International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre in Sydney, known as SY4. Centrally located, the new US$97 million facility supports the strong demand for Platform Equinix in Australia.

Equinix’s Sydney Campus is the most interconnected group of data centres in Australia. It's the only place where companies can set up direct links to both the continent’s largest peering points, as well as key submarine cable systems, and get on-demand and direct access to multiple cloud providers and multiple networks.

SY4 already has 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.

Jeremy Deutsch, managing director Australia, Equinix, said, “The opening of SY4 is in response to growing demand from Australian businesses for colocation, hybrid cloud, and greater interconnection. Colocation is now the centre 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 capitalise on cloud services. They recognise the limitations of on-premise data centres and making the move to leverage highly interconnected solutions that connect their people, clouds and data. Australian companies continue to lead the world in the adoption of interconnection, and we are proud that SY4 will enable further opportunities for all of our customers.”

Key facts/Highlights

  • Located in Alexandria, four kilometres from Sydney’s central business district, phase one of the SY4 provides a total capacity of 1500 cabinets. Upon completion of the second and final phase, the facility will provide a total capacity of 3000 cabinets with a total usable floor space of more than 12,500 square metres.
  • The Equinix Sydney campus is a business hub for more than 600 companies, including 140 network service providers (NSPs) and more than 225 cloud and IT service providers, providing the most interconnected group of data centres in Australia. It is also the place where companies can set up direct links to both 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 customer’s assured of the 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 centres in Australia, including SY1, SY2 and SY3 in Sydney, and the recently expanded ME1 facility in Melbourne. In total, Equinix has 29 IBX data centres in APAC, across five countries and eight metros, and operates more than 146 data centres globally across 40 metros.

Jared Hirst, managing director, Servers Australia, said, “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.”

A video of SY4 is here.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

 

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