Equinix Lodges Plans for $91m Data Centre


New York-listed Equinix has submitted plans to develop a $91 million data centre in central Sydney.

The South Sydney facility, to be built across a 26,000sq m site at 506 Gardeners Road in Alexandria was submitted to council earlier this week.

The data centre giant plans to build on its existing 19,000sq m SY5 centre, with the Warren and Mahoney-designed scheme, set to act as the facility's third phase.

The first stage of the mammoth data centre was completed in 2019 creating the capacity of 1,825 cabinets while its second stage, currently under construction, will be completed in July this year.

The expansion will aim to provide up to 15,500sq m of new rack space and offices in a new stand alone facility that will link directly with its existing facilities on Bourke Street.

It will also benefit from direct fibre cross connect capability between its completed neighbouring IBX data centres SY1, SY2 and SY3.

The facility will also connect with its data centre, SY6, in Silverwater, western Sydney.

The new facility will give its users secure connections to more than 1,800 participants across all regions around the world, linking them to major cloud providers such as Alibaba, Amazon AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, SAP Cloud, Oracle, and SoftLayer.

The four-storey development, if realised, will bolster Equinix’s national footprint of 18 data centres located across Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane.

Globally, Equinix comprises more than 200 data centres across 26 countries, providing data centre and interconnection services for more than 10,000 businesses, including more than 50 per cent of the Fortune 500.

Earlier last year Equinix appointed Guy Danskine, a nine-year veteran of the company, to the position of managing director for Australian operations.

Danskine succeeded Jeremy Deutsch, who was promoted to lead the company’s business in Asia-Pacific, after leading the Australian arm of the business since 2014.

In Perth Equinix also recently revealed plans to develop a $76 million data centre, its third such facility in the Western Australian capital.

That first phase of that facility, to be located adjacent to its existing PE2 centre, will offer an initial capacity of 650 cabinets and a collocation space of more than 1,830sq m by the end of this year.

When fully built, the facility will offer 1,650 cabinets and a collocation space of more than 10,600 square metres.

Perth has been highlighted by Equinix as a strategic location due its proximity to two 4,600 kilometre submarine cables linking to Singapore—the Australia Singapore Cable and Indigo cable.

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