Equinix Launches Its Fifth Australia Data Center in Sydney
Inside Equinix’s new SY4 data center in Sydney (Photo: Equinix)

Equinix Launches Its Fifth Australia Data Center in Sydney

Touts hundreds of customers on Sydney campus, access to submarine cables, peering nodes

Equinix announced the launch of its latest Australia data center. The company said it has invested $97 million in the SY4 facility in Sydney, which already has 20 customers on board, including Servers Australia, one of the country’s largest dedicated hosting firms, and Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud provider Zettagrid.

This is Equinix’s fifth data center in Australia. The company has four facilities in Sydney, including the new one, and one in Melbourne. Equinix, the world’s largest data center provider, has close to 30 data centers in Asia Pacific and close to 150 globally.

According to Equinix, its Sydney campus hosts equipment for more than 600 companies, including 140 network providers and more than 225 cloud and IT service providers. There, companies get access to key Australian peering points and multiple submarine cable systems, such as the Australia-US Southern Cross and PIPE Pacific Cable, which runs from a coastal town close to Sydney to Guam.

The facility will also provide access to the Hawaiki cable. Amazon Web Services is one of four anchor customers of the cable – currently in early stages of construction – which will connect US (it will land both in Hawaii and on mainland), Australia, and New Zealand.

Read more: Amazon's Cloud Arm Makes Its First Big Submarine Cable Investment

The data center’s first phase has capacity for 1,500 IT cabinets. The second and final phase will double that capacity, bringing the facility’s total usable floor space to about 135,000 square feet.

Here's a cool timelapse video of construction of Equinix's SY4 data center in Sydney:

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