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Equinix expands Melbourne data centre

Melbourne is one of the most requested sites by the company’s customers and home to a quarter of the Australian business population

Melbourne: a growing number of businesses plan to move to the city
Melbourne: a growing number of businesses plan to move to the city

Global interconnection and data centre firm, Equinix has completed a $28m expansion of its International Business Exchange (IBX) in Melbourne.


Dubbed ME1, the second phase of its upgrade adds 750 cabinets bringing the total operational capacity of the facility to 1,125 cabinets as well as an increase of 17,900 ft² colocation space to 35,790 ft².


According to Equinix, ME1 IBX will enable new and existing customers to use evolving ecosystems in cloud, network service providers, content, financial services and enterprise across other Equinix locations, including those in Sydney.


Newly signed customer Yarra City Council, hailed as an example of how local authorities are turning to hybrid cloud technology to deliver services, is using Equinix for cloud connectivity via its Cloud Exchange. Specifically, this is for Microsoft Azure and Office 365, as well as for data backup and disaster recovery.


Since making the switch to Equinix’s ME1 facility for colocation services, the council claims to have saved a monthly $1,350 on power consumption. It is also regards it as a way to negate capital expenditure and provide flexibility in future IT deployments. By 2017, the council plans to move all onsite data to Equinix.


“The development and expansion of ME1 phase two addresses the growing demand from businesses planning to expand into Melbourne, which is now home to 25 percent of the Australian business population,” said Jeremy Deutsch, managing director, Equinix Australia.


“Melbourne is a significant site for us, and one of the most requested by our customers. With our twin-metro strategy in Australia, customers can leverage the thriving customer base and the rapidly expanding ecosystems available to them. We’re looking forward to seeing Yarra City Council grow and scale as [it] embraces interconnection.”


“Our vision in the next two years is to move our existing data centre operations into Equinix and pursue our cloud-first innovation strategy,” added Rick Bottiglieri, innovation manager, Yarra City Council. “This means our staff and the population of Yarra stand to benefit significantly from improved platforms and services and increased, high-speed connectivity.”


Equinix runs 28 IBX data centres across Asia Pacific, located in five countries and eight metros, including SY1, SY2 and SY3 in Sydney, ME1 in Port Melbourne, and its new SY4 facility, opening soon in Sydney.


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