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Equinix extends digital Edge with new data center in Perth

Equinix extends digital Edge with new data center in Perth

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Equinix is to open a new data centre in Perth as the city becomes a gateway to Asia and the world.

Equinix, an international digital infrastructure company, has announced it is expanding Platform Equinix with a third International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Perth.

To be named PE3, it will be the company’s eighteenth data center in Australia, enabling Equinix to meet growing demand for digital infrastructure and low-latency networking capabilities in Western Australia among global and local organizations.

The US$54 million (approximately A$76.6 million) first phase of PE3 is targeted to open in Q4 2021. When it opens, the new facility will provide access to more than 1,045 companies, including 215 networks and 395 cloud providers, who utilize Platform Equinix in Australia to address the rising demand from digital leaders who want all the necessary digital infrastructure building blocks on one platform.

Jeremy Deutsch, President, Equinix Asia-Pacific, said: “Equinix continues to provide customers with the best possible digital infrastructure building blocks to help them be successful. 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 center in Melbourne opening at the beginning of the year, we are delighted to announce our plan to open a third data center 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.”

Perth is increasingly becoming a strategic part of Australia’s Internet infrastructure due to its proximity to Southeast Asia and direct connectivity via two subsea cable links, the Australia Singapore Cable (ASC) and Indigo Cable. Both cables terminate directly inside the Equinix Perth campus, reducing the time it takes for data to move between Singapore and Australia by 50%.

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. The availability of high-speed connectivity of subsea cables in Perth drives demand from global cloud, network and over-the-top (OTT) providers, as well as continued growth from government, mining and resource sectors. It also provides companies that currently enter Australia via Sydney with a second path for redundancy as well as a faster route to Asia and the world.

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

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