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.

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