Equinix completes expansion of second Perth facility

Equinix has completed the US$11 million (A$15.6 million) expansion of its second International Business Exchange data centre in Perth.

Known as PE2, the facility offers improved interconnection capabilities to its local customers including IMDEX and Servers Australia.

Equinix said last month the Government of Western Australia flagged it will invest A$34.7 million in digital transformation in the public sector through the Office of Digital Government, adding that the expansion of Equinix IBX in Perth will further accelerate the pace.

“The increased connectivity Equinix provides in Western Australia also includes access to the Australia Singapore Cable (ASC), which terminates at PE2, enabling Equinix to meet customer demands for interconnection and networking capabilities among businesses in Australia and Southeast Asia,” it added. 

“Since entering the West Australian market just over a year ago, we’ve seen substantial growth in the state’s digital economy,” said Equinix Australia MD Jeremy Deutsch. “This expansion of our footprint in Perth will further our ability to offer affordable, scalable, lower latency options for our customers located on the West Coast of Australia and those global customers of ours who are interested in moving into the West Australian market. The interconnection options available in PE2, including our Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric and subsea cable access, will help support our customers during their digital transformation journeys as they move their business closer to the digital edge and look to expand globally.”

Key Facts

  • The PE2 IBX is situated about 13.7 miles (approximately 22 kilometres) from the Perth Airport. The expansion has added 225 cabinets and an estimated colocation space of more than 550 square metres (approximately 5,900 square feet) to the facility, bringing the total capacity of PE2 to 700 cabinets and an estimated colocation space of 1,720 square metres (approximately 18,500 square feet).
  • PE2 offers a wide range of interconnection options as part of Platform Equinix®, including Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric™ (ECX Fabric™), which allows customers to privately interconnect cloud and network ecosystems of more than 1,400 customers at 37 metros around the world, including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, and more.
  • The Vocus-owned ASC terminates at the PE2 IBX and is also accessible in Equinix IBX data centres in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane, as well as Singapore. This provides Equinix customers with the ability to interconnect their IT infrastructures and use high performance applications when doing business with Southeast Asia and other parts of the world.
  • Recently, Equinix also announced new IBX data centres in Sydney and Melbourne, named SY5 and ME2 respectively. Equinix will have a national footprint of 17 IBX data centres across Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane, when SY5 and ME2 open in Q3 2019.
  • ECX Fabric is currently available in 37 metros globally, including Perth, Melbourne and Sydney in Australia, and other markets across Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Culpeper, Dallas, Denver, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Manchester, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Osaka, Paris, São Paulo, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Stockholm, Tokyo, Toronto, Warsaw, Washington, D.C. and Zurich.
  • Customers set to benefit from the completion of the PE2 expansion include IMDEX, a mining technology company that enables near real-time analysis for mining companies to enable critical decision making for exploration, mining and production. In supporting its business growth and expansion in Australia, IMDEX selected Equinix for its national and global reach to move its IT infrastructure closer to the cloud edge, with a multicloud strategy set to be implemented over the next six months.
  • In addition, Servers Australia, which offers solutions for cloud hosting, colocation, dedicated servers, PaaS, IaaS and DRaaS, also built its distributed infrastructures on Platform Equinix throughout Australia. The company currently deploys in Equinix data centres in Melbourne and Sydney, as well as PE2, to offer its customers fast, reliable interconnection and hosting.

LINX sees CNCI connect as 1st new member in London from Japanese IXP Partner, JPIX

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) and the Japan Internet Exchange (JPIX) recently entered into a new partnership agreement, a collaboration which stems from the knowledge that an increasing number of Asian networks are looking to peer in Europe, and in London in particular.

Community Network Center (CNCI) is the first member to join LINX in London from JPIX’s Tokyo PoP. CNCI, a large customer for JPIX, is the second-largest cable MSO in Japan, providing internet connectivity to businesses and consumers across central Japan. Reaching Europe from Asia was high on CNCI’s agenda in order to reduce latency and improve speed to European-based gaming content and streaming.

Takanori Furushio, VP-Strategy for JPIX says;

“We are pleased to be able to connect one of our largest customers, CNCI, with our new partners LINX in London. They wanted to be the first network to join LINX through this new partnership and lead the way for other networks to follow.”

CNCI’s port is now live and peering traffic and LINX are looking forward to welcoming more networks from the APAC region to peer in London.

Kurtis Lindqvist, CMO for LINX says;

“With transport costs to the UK falling and London maintaining its position as a global hub for interconnection, there’s simply no better time to join LINX. We are pleased to be working alongside our partners in Japan and together ‘working for the good of the Internet.”

Equinix spends $30m on purchase of Switch Datacenters AMS1 facility

Equinix has acquired Switch Datacenters’ AMS1 data center business in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in an all-cash transaction for €30 million.

According to Equinix, the facility – to be renamed Equinix AM11 International Business Exchange data center –  is in close proximity to Equinix’s existing campus in southeast Amsterdam. “It will help meet growing demand for digital infrastructure connectivity in the Amsterdam and broader European markets, as businesses continue to build out their digital edge strategies,” said Equinix.

Key facts

  • AM11 becomes the 11th Equinix IBX data center in the Netherlands and the ninth Equinix IBX located in Amsterdam. The data center is a leased asset and adds approximately 250 cabinets of sold capacity and a total capacity for approximately 700 additional cabinets once the facility is completely built out. The site can also support the potential to expand into an adjacent building to accommodate future growth and approximately 1,300 additional cabinets.
  • Equinix’s southeast Amsterdam campus includes AM1, AM2, AM5 and AM7. The AM11 data center will be tethered to Equinix’s AM7 data center, enabling customers to easily interconnect with the world’s largest business ecosystems available on Platform Equinix® for maximum collaboration across digital supply chains. AM11 currently has a customer mix that maps closely to Equinix’s existing base including networks, cloud service providers and content and digital media companies.
  • Private connectivity between enterprises, strategic cloud service providers and network services is essential as digital transformation fuels higher demand for localized digital services at the edge. According to Volume 2 of the Global Interconnection Index, a market study published by Equinix, the capacity for private data exchange between enterprises and cloud and network service providers is forecast to grow nearly 10 times faster than public internet traffic by 2021.
  • Equinix’s Netherlands IBX data centers are business hubs to more than 1,125 companies that connect to business partners and customers across their digital supply chains. Equinix in the Netherlands is home to many thriving, diverse business ecosystems, including:
    • Europe’s electronics payments and e-commerce ecosystems, which operate at Equinix to leverage excellent broadband connections to the rest of the world, as well as connections to many global submarine cable networks
    • ISPs, telecommunications carriers, content providers and hosting services from all over the world, via connections to the AMS-IX, Equinix IX and NL-IX in Equinix’s Amsterdam colocation facilities
    • International enterprises that want to take advantage of the Netherlands’ high-speed connections to the rest of Europe: typical latency from the Netherlands to LondonParis and Frankfurt is less than 50 milliseconds
  • Businesses in the Netherlands can access leading cloud service providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Google Cloud, which are available on Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric™ (ECX Fabric™).

Indonesia looks to e-commerce firms, cloud giants – DCD Guest article

This article was first published by DCD reproduced with kind permission.

By Paul Mah

Demand for data centers is surging, but Indonesia’s cloud industry may need more regulations

With a thriving digital economy that at least one study says will dominate Southeast Asia by 2025, Indonesia is a land of opportunities. Its middle class has also burgeoned, making the country an even more attractive destination for businesses, says Nick Parfitt, senior global analyst at DCD.

While data centers are booming and large cloud players are arriving in the country, in-house premises are still strong, and the country’s regulators may need to do more to safeguard and encourage cloud business.

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Middle class demands

“[Indonesia’s] got what I calculate to be the sixth largest middle class in the world, with a 2017 World Bank estimate pegging [the middle class] at 52 million people. They also suggest another 45 percent of Indonesia’s population is free of poverty and looking to move into the middle class, which could raise this figure to 120 million people,” he said.

This puts Indonesia’s middle class on a par with the entire population of other countries (the UK holds 64 million people and France 66 million). In this age of pervasive online connectivity, this translates to an enormous demand for digital goods and services.

“One of the things that tends to correlate with the development of data centers is the evolution of the middle class. [They] want to consume technology and buy electronic gadgets such as smartphones. They obviously then need the services and network to back all of these devices,” Parfitt explained.

The Indonesia population is also younger than other more mature economies: “You also have a huge number of young people who are familiar with technology [in Indonesia], unlike some countries where the population is growing older – and with a correspondingly lower tech take-up.”

In-house still leads

Yet Indonesia’s technical infrastructure is comparatively undersized, according to DCD’s annual Asia Pacific Data Directions Survey for 2019. Concluded in January, the survey garnered more than a thousand responses and includes scores of interviews with end-users, colocation providers and managed service providers.

Indonesia traditionally has a higher proportion of on-premises data centers compared to the average for the Asia Pacific region. In 2019, there was only a slight reduction of in-house facilities, from 60.2 percent in 2017 to 54.6 percent in 2019.

The dip can be partly attributed to routine decommissioning of older in-house data centers at the end of their operational lifespan, says Parfitt. It is also influenced by the global trend towards alternative IT deployments, where in-house data centers now have to compete with the cloud, outsourced deployments and colocation.

“The in-house data center is no longer the default option. I’m sure that there are businesses started in the last couple of years that have gone straight to cloud. The IT landscape in Indonesia is part of the global trend that we are seeing elsewhere,” he said.

On a positive note, the standards of Indonesian data centers have moved ahead by leaps and bounds, says Parfitt. He pointed to the sheer number of Indonesia facilities awarded Uptime Institute accreditation in recent years as the most visible example of the industry’s drive towards excellence.

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Nick Parfitt, Senior Global Analyst, DCD– DCD

Dawn of colo

Parfitt has seen breathtaking change in Indonesia over the last decade. The first DCDsurvey of Indonesia in 2012 spoke of “server rooms after server rooms”, but the situation is completely different today.

“Our last survey showed a landscape that was largely a legacy data center environment. That has changed. The country now has very good colocation facilities that are soaking up some of the demand from the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that make up the Indonesian economy,” he said.

“Indonesia has progressed a long way for such a large market in a short time,” Parfitt said, “There can be few markets in the world that have moved as fast as Indonesia had.”

And the industry is not standing still: “The focus has now moved from the building to advanced considerations such as sustainable operations. The focus is moving in the right direction, and many of the facilities have accrued very good local reputations, too,” he said.

Regulations needed

Global cloud providers clearly recognize the huge opportunities in Indonesia. Both Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) have announced plans for a physical presence in the country, while China’s Alibaba Cloud is already operating out of two data centers there.

Parfitt suggests that the legislative environment could do more to accelerate the adoption of the cloud in Indonesia. As cloud resources are used differently from physical colocation facilities or in-house data centers, the right set of laws will go a long way towards winning the trust of organizations as they turn to the cloud, he says.

“The legislative environment has to be right for the cloud. [The public] cloud has to be ring-fenced with a whole series of regulations to encourage its adoption. This is because the cloud creates uncertainty – often unwarranted. You must take it more on trust. That’s why you need to have a certain degree of legislation underpinning it,” said Parfitt.

Unfortunately, recently proposed reforms to the country’s Electronic Systems and Transactions law, also known as Government Regulation 82 of 2012 (PP 82/2012) may temporarily stymie progress on the legal front.

Representatives of Indonesia’s digital infrastructure operators claim the changes will benefit foreign companies and threaten data sovereignty, though end-users from large enterprises appear to have welcomed it. While this is being sorted out, at least one survey respondent has described the current situation as one in which there is insufficient government regulation.

Regardless of how it turns out, Parfitt notes that the final legislation will have to be “implementable, enforceable and enforced” to advance the industry. “From the interviews I did, there may be an issue with how easy it will be for some companies to implement, and for the legislator to police,” he said.

Equinix partners HPE to launch Azure Stack-as-a-Service in Asia-Pacific

Equinix has teamed with  Hewlett Packard Enterprise to launch Azure Stack-as-a-Service on its Platform Equinix offering  the Asia-Pacific region.

Equinix said the service allowed enterprises to utilise HPE GreenLake with Microsoft Azure Stack to provision and manage hybrid cloud architecture on-demand.

“Hybrid cloud architecture, which provides the agility and convenience of public cloud and the security and control of on-premise private cloud, has been increasingly adopted by enterprises. IDC predicts that 90% of enterprises will adopt multi or hybrid cloud by 2024,’ it added, noting however that enterprises often face high upfront capital expenditure.

“[They] struggle to provision space with sufficient power and suitable weight-bearing capacity when setting up owned on-premise private cloud. With a pay-as-you-use pricing model, HPE GreenLake with Microsoft Azure Stack on Platform Equinix enables businesses in APAC to deploy hybrid cloud architectures more effectively without incurring excessive initial costs or requiring access to niche expertise.”

Hosted in Equinix International Business Exchange data centres in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore, Azure Stack running on HPE hardware can directly connect to Microsoft Azure via Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric.

“Companies across Australia are increasingly transitioning to hybrid cloud architectures as part of their digital transformation journeys,” said Equinix ANZ MD Jeremy Deutsch. “With Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute already connected to our Sydney and Melbourne facilities, this on-demand, enterprise-grade hybrid cloud solution we offer with HPE will help further support our customers at a local level, providing them with a simple, agile and secure way to consume the range of technologies as-a-Service in our data centres.”

 

VERTIV FIGHTS RISING DATACENTRE ENERGY COSTS WITH NEW UPS FEATURE

Vertiv has announced a new feature for its Liebert EXL S1 line of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, saying its addition of Dynamic Online mode allows operating efficiency of up to 99 per cent.

The UPS family is available in Asia, including Australia and New Zealand, from 300 kVA to 1200 kVA, 400V. The range is also available in Europe and North America and a variety of input and output voltages. Dynamic Online mode is available for Liebert EXL S1 globally.

“As data centres get larger, energy consumption has become increasingly important to data centre operators and owners, said Chee Hoe Ling, vice president for product and solutions and marketing in Asia.

Vertiv introduced Dynamic Online mode to the Liebert EXL S1 to meet the needs of cloud, colocation and enterprise data centres that cannot sacrifice any level of availability for incremental gains in efficiency.

“With efficiency up to 99 per cent, the Liebert EXL S1 operating in Dynamic Online mode offers substantial energy savings over legacy UPS systems which average 94 per cent efficiency, and even improves on modern UPS systems that approach 97 per cent efficiency.” the firm said.

“Over five years, a 1000 kVA Liebert EXL S1 can save more than US$230,000 over a same-capacity 94 per cent efficient UPS system and more than US$140,000 over a same-capacity 97 per cent efficient UPS system,” it added.

EIGHTH SYDNEY DATA CENTRE FOR EQUINIX IN $160M+ INVESTMENT

Equinix has announced a new international business exchange (IBX) data centre in South Sydney – its largest yet in Australia and its sixteenth in country.

The first phase of SY5, costing $160 million and targeted to open in the third quarter of this year, will offer an initial capacity of 1,825 cabinets.

Ultimately the facility, in Alexandra about four kilometres from Sydney’s CBD, will house 9,225 cabinets with a total colocation space of around 25,000 square meters. It will be directly adjacent to the company’s SY4 facility, with direct physical access between the two buildings.

Jeremy Deutsch, Equinix Australia managing director, says SY5, which sits on Platform Equinix will further enable the company to offer scalable digital infrastructure and on-demand interconnection both in the local market and across the Asia-Pacific region via a single platform.

“Local businesses are increasingly functioning at the digital edge with interconnection. SY5 is a display of our commitment to meeting our customers’ needs, providing them with the ability to securely and directly connect their employees, partners and customers,” Deutsch says.

Equinix says its Sydney facilities – it already has seven data centres in Sydney – provide direct links to the continent’s two largest peering points along with direct access to the trans-Pacific telecommunications cables network Southern Cross Cable Head, the PIPE Pacific Cable network running from Australia to Guam, the new Hawaiki submarine cable system connecting Australia with New Zealand, other Pacific Islands and the continental US, and the Australia Singapore Cable.

The new IBX will have direct fibre cross connect capability with Equinix’ SY1, SY2, SY3 and SY4 IBX data centres. The IBXs’ customers include more than 155 network service providers, 265 cloud and IT service providers, more than 75 financial services companies and over 55 content and digital media companies.

The new facility will also have Metro Connect connectivity to the SY6 IBX in Silverwater, supporting geographic diversity and redundancy for customers.

News of the Sydney build follows the January announcement of a fourth IBX data centre in Singapore and the company’s entry into the new market of Seoul in South Korea.

Samuel Lee, Equinix Asia-Pacific president, says “Equinix aims to provide the best possible support for our customers as they navigate digital transformation, which is forecast to contribute more than $1 trillion to the Asia-Pacific GDP by 2021.