Equinix completes Metronode acquisition


Thursday, 19 April, 2018


Equinix completes Metronode acquisition

Equinix has announced that it has completed its acquisition of Metronode, giving the data centre operator a presence in four new Australian markets: Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane.

The acquisition also expands Equinix’s operations in Sydney and Melbourne, with the company now claiming market leadership in Australia with its 15 International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres nationwide.

“Equinix is committed to matching the growth of our customers and meeting their demands for digital transformation and innovation,” said Jeremy Deutsch, managing director, Equinix Australia.

“This acquisition expands our national footprint and will enable us to help our customers interconnect at the digital edge throughout Australia.”

The closure follows an agreement Equinix made with Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in December 2017 to acquire all the equity interests in the Metronode worldwide group of companies in an all-cash transaction for $1.035 billion.

The Metronode assets add more than 80,000 square metres of land, including 20,000 square metres of gross co-location space in Australia.

The Australian additions include two data centres in Melbourne, three in the Sydney area (including one in the Illawarra), two in Perth and one each in Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane.

The Metronode site in Perth is to become the landing station for the new Vocus Australia Singapore Cable.

Equinix recently completed the phase-two expansion of its Sydney 4 IBX (SY4), and the phase-three expansion of its Melbourne 1 IBX (ME1) is expected to be completed in Q3 2018.

The Equinix footprint in the Asia–Pacific region now includes 40 data centres and extends the company’s global footprint to 200 data centres across 52 markets.

Pictured: Equinix SY4 in Sydney, courtesy Equinix.

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