Equinix expanding footprint in WA

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Monday, 27 August, 2018

Equinix expanding footprint in WA

Equinix is expanding its footprint of International Business Exchange (IBX) branded data centres in Perth with an $11 million expansion of its PE2 data centre.

The company plans to use the expanded footprint in Perth to create a Western Australian digital interconnection hub connecting cloud and network service providers, mining, oil and gas industries and the public sector.

The expansion will add 225 cabinets and an estimated colocation space of more than 550 square metres. The build, which is expected to be complete in the first quarter, will bring the PE2 to a total capacity of 700 cabinets and a colocation space of around 1720 square metres.

The PE2 will also be the terminating point in Australia of the Australia-Singapore Cable (ASC), the 4600 km subsea cable linking Perth with Singapore via Indonesia. The 40 Tbps ASC, which will be solely owned by Vocus Communications, is 99% complete and expected to be ready for service next month.

Meanwhile, Equinix is rolling out its Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric service to the PE2 facility this quarter to provide inter-metro connectivity with cloud and network ecosystems across the Asia–Pacific region.

The service provides connectivity to the major cloud providers including AWS, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, as well as other providers.

After acquiring Metronode last year for $1.03 billion, Equinix is the data centre market leader in Australia. The company has a total footprint of 15 data centres spread across Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane.

“We’re thrilled to announce the expansion of our footprint in Perth to create an interconnection hub that will provide affordable, scalable, lower latency options for our customers located on the West Coast of Australia,” Equinix Australia Managing Director Jeremy Deutsch said.

“The rollout of Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric will drive further growth in cloud connectivity while access to subsea cables into Perth will meet increasing demand from network service providers wanting to connect their global network. As we celebrate our 20th year, our business in Australia continues to grow as enterprises need interconnection and colocation to enable digital business and bring new services closest to the users at the digital edge.”

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