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Digital Realty acquires two data centre plots in Australia

17 November 2020 | Abigail Opiah

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Digital Realty has continued investment in Australia with the acquisition of two additional land parcels in Western Sydney totalling 16.2 hectares.

The company said the expansion will enable local and multinational enterprises to deploy critical infrastructure and scale their digital business.

The acquisition of these two land parcels, one located in Erskine Park and one in Horsley Park, is set to accelerate Digital Realty's growth in Australia and highlight its continued investment in Sydney. 

Upon full buildout, these parcels are expected to support the development of up to 250 megawatts of critical IT capacity. 

Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein said, "Sydney has always been a leading hub in developing and adapting to new data-led technologies, particularly through its position as a key economic centre within the Asia Pacific region. 

“This acquisition represents a key milestone on our global roadmap for PlatformDIGITAL and will strengthen our ability to serve local and multinational enterprise customers in a key centre of data exchange." 

Digital Realty's investment and planned development is expected to generate hundreds of jobs through its construction partners during the development phase. 

"The expansion in Australia is an exciting new development, providing further evidence of Digital Realty's capabilities in the technology sector and in response to increased demand for digitization from investors and enterprises,” said Matt Berzak, VP, Portfolio Management, APAC for Digital Realty.

“As the pandemic continues to drive more business around the world online, developing our PlatformDIGITAL offering is crucial to supporting businesses through their digital transformation journey." 

Australia is strategically located along submarine fibre cable routes, with submarine cable deployments linking Sydney to Asia. 

"Big data, artificial intelligence, 5G mobile services and the Internet of Things are gaining momentum locally, with emerging technologies expected to contribute A$30 billion to Sydney's economy by 2029,” said Mark Smith, Digital Realty Managing Director, APAC.

“The accelerating pace of digital transformation makes Sydney a key market for investment and the expansion of our global platform." 

Digital Realty's investment and expansion in Australia complements the company's existing data centre facilities in Western Sydney.  The connected campus provides access to a rich community of enterprises, networks, content and cloud providers, including direct dedicated access to the IBM Cloud. 

U.S. Consul General Sharon Hudson-Dean said, "Digital Realty's continued investment in Australia, and Western Sydney specifically, is a welcome and positive development that builds upon the already strong business and investment ties between the United States and New South Wales, two critical partners for a prosperous future in the Indo-Pacific region."