Airtrunk Launches Third Hyperscale Data Centre in Sydney


Data centre start-up AirTrunk has launched its third facility on Australian shores, set to be its biggest yet, in north Sydney.

The private equity-backed company, founded by former NextDC and Pipe Networks chief financial officer Robin Khuda, has earmarked four hectares of land at 1 Sirius Road in north Sydney to build the 110 MW IT load facility.

Dubbed SYD2, the facility is set to open in 2020 and will eventually deliver more than 110 MW of IT load over four hectares of land and will be “well connected to telecommunications infrastructure”, as well as being embedded in Sydney’s cloud infrastructure region.

The facility, which marks another step in the company’s ambitious Asia-Pacific growth strategy, will comprise 34,000sq m across 19 data halls, with 4,000sq m dedicated to office space.

“AirTrunk’s new data centre in Sydney’s north and the expansion of our existing flagship facilities in Australia are the result of continued and strong customer demand for our proven hyperscale data centre solutions,” AirTrunk chief executive Robin Khuda said.

“We are uniquely positioned to offer the speed, scale, reliability and cost efficiency that our customers need from their data centres now and into the future.”

It will be positioned adjacent to AirTrunk’s two existing Australian data centre SYD1 which it unveiled in September 2017, followed by one in Melbourne shortly after.

AirTrunk's SYD1 Sydney site, which is located on Huntingwood Drive in Huntingwood, and MEL1 Melbourne location, which is on Swann Drive in Derrimut, will enable both campuses to expand to 130-plus MW of IT load each, bringing its total Australian capacity to more than 370 MW across the three data centres.

The Singapore-based digital start-up has also acquired land adjacent to its Derrimut centre.

AirTrunk has no plans of slowing down, aiming to be a significant digital landlord for cloud services across the Asia Pacific with data centres have become an increasingly popular investment due to the rapid growth in secure information storage requirements among companies.

Last year the data storage provider completed an $850 million funding round to fuel its expansion into Sydney and Melbourne, reportedly its largest at the time.

The company has also turned its attention toward new opportunities in Hong Kong and Tokyo after successfully securing $650 million in financing for its proposed data centre in Singapore.

Competitor NextDC announced last year it plans to spend more than $2 billion on three new sites in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

ASX-listed NextDC is also looking to make Sydney's north-shore home, purchasing a 1.2-hectare for $90 million last year.

American internet services multinational Equinix has also announced plans to expand in Perth as part of a $1 billion deal to acquire data centre operator Metronode.

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