Equinix completes Perth data centre expansion

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Thursday, 02 May, 2019

Equinix completes Perth data centre expansion

Interconnection and data centre company Equinix has completed a $15.6 million expansion of its PE2 data centre in Perth to help meet Western Australia’s growing interconnection demands.

The company’s second International Business Exchange (IBX) branded data centre has now been expanded with an additional 225 cabinets and more than 550 m2 of colocation space. It now has a total capacity of 700 cabinets and estimated colocation space of 1720 m2.

According to 451 Research analyst Stefanie Williams, the expansion is well timed to support the expected increase in demand in Perth’s data centre and interconnection market stimulated by the deployment of the Australia Singapore Cable (ASC).

The Vocus-owned cable linking Perth to Singapore via Jakarta, which was declared ready for service in September last year, terminates in Perth at the PE2.

“A market previously limited by an ageing and unreliable subsea cable, the ASC positions Perth to become the digital hub of Australia’s west coast,” Williams said.

“Perth-based enterprises will now be able to capitalise on opportunities to further their digital transformation with the expansion of Equinix’s PE2 IBX, which houses the landing point for the ASC.”

Equinix has also recently announced plans to open its fifth IBX data centre in Sydney, as well as its second in Melbourne, in the third quarter.

Once complete, the company will have a national footprint of 17 IBX data centres in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane.

Pictured: Equinix’s PE2 data centre, courtesy Equinix.

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