More than 30 customers have taken space at the recently launched Equinix data center in Melbourne, its first facility in Australia’s second most populous city, the company announced.
The Redwood City, California-based colocation giant announced plans to build a $60 million data center in Melbourne, called ME1, in January 2014. Today, one year later, the facility is online and seeing strong user and carrier pickup.
Australia is a growing data center market. Equinix cited Frost and Sullivan projections that forecasted the market to grow at a compound annual rate of about 14 percent between 2013 and 2020, at which point it would reach about $1.36 billion in revenue.
The company’s customers in Melbourne include CacheFly, a Chicago-based content delivery network provider, Azzurri Communications, a U.K. business voice and data consultancy, and LiveBackup, an Aussie cloud backup service provider.
Other cloud and IT service providers deploying points of presence in the facility include Bulletproof, Connectivity I.T., Entrust ICT, Exigent, and Servers Australia. These providers are installing their equipment at the data center to join the company’s cloud provider ecosystem, which gives them access to potential customers and partners.
Network service providers at ME1 include Telstra, Vocus, FirstPath and Western Australian Internet Associations. Telstra announced expansion into ME1 and SY3, an Equinix data center in Sydney, in September of last year.