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Equinix splashes $54m on Phase I of Perth data centre

09 November 2020 | Abigail Opiah

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Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) has announced it is expanding Platform Equinix with a third IBX data centre in Perth.

The facility will be the company’s 18th data centre in Australia, enabling Equinix to meet growing demand for digital infrastructure and low-latency networking capabilities in Western Australia among global and local organisations.

The $54 million first phase of the data centre is targeted to open in Q4 2021, and will provide access to more than 1,045 companies, including 215 networks and 395 cloud providers.

“Equinix continues to provide customers with the best possible digital infrastructure building blocks to help them be successful,” said Jeremy Deutsch, President, Equinix Asia-Pacific.

“As a trusted advisor to our customers across the globe, we are committed to investing and expanding our platform and facilities to accelerate their digital transformation journeys.

“Following our ME2 IBX data centre in Melbourne opening at the beginning of the year, we are delighted to announce our plan to open a third data centre in Perth, which is fast becoming an important jumping-off point for businesses looking for fast, secure and low-latency connectivity to the rest of the world.

“We will continue to plan for expansion in Australia and support digital leaders across the country.”

With a third subsea cable being built that will connect Australia to Oman, Perth is evolving as the country’s second digital gateway to international markets, according to the data centre giants.

In March 2020, the Australian and Singapore governments signed the Australia-Singapore Digital Economy Agreement to promote digital trade between the two countries, putting Perth in a position to be a part of the next wave of data centre expansion, with direct connectivity to Asia and global markets.

Equinix's global platform currently includes more than 220 data centres across 63 metros. When the PE3 facility opens, Equinix will have a national footprint of 18 IBX data centres across Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane in Australia.

“We’re thrilled to continue an exciting growth period for Equinix with the planned addition of the PE3 IBX in Perth,” said Guy Danskine, Managing Director, Equinix Australia.

“Since entering West Australia almost three years ago, we’ve seen substantial growth driven by the state’s digital economy.

“As the impact of digital technologies continues to grow in intensity across every industry, such as mining, government and life sciences, digital leaders need one platform that brings together and interconnects the foundational infrastructure required to create digital advantage.

“The interconnection options available in PE3 will support our customers during their digital transformation journeys as they move their businesses closer to the edge and look to expand within Asia-Pacific and beyond.”