Equinix opens SY5 data centre in Alexandria

Equinix opens SY5 data centre in Alexandria
Staff ReporterDecember 7, 2020

Equinix, a global interconnection and data centre company, has announced the opening of its eighth International Business Exchange data centre in Sydney. The complex will be named SY5. 

With an initial investment of US$160 million (A$224 million), the South Sydney facility will be the largest to date for the company in Australia. 

Supporting Equinix to formally open and celebrate this milestone was Federal Member of Parliament for the seat of Kingsford Smith and the Shadow Assistant Minister for Financial Services & Shadow Assistant Minister for the Republic, the Hon. Matt Thistlethwaite MP. 

“Equinix is committed to continuously evolving our services to interconnect our customers at the digital edge, a critical part of digital transformation efforts of many enterprises, cloud providers and network providers,” said the President of Equinix Asia-Pacific, Jeremy Deutsch. 

A recent report commissioned by CSIRO’s Data61, the data and digital specialist data sciences arm of Australia’s national science agency, reveals digital transformation is forecast to be worth A$315 billion for the Australian economy throughout the next decade.

Interconnection is critical to enabling digital businesses according to the Global Interconnection Index (GXI) Volume 3, an annual market study published by Equinix, which predicts Sydney’s private connectivity at the edge will grow by 49% annually to 2022. 

It is located in Alexandria, about four kilometres from Sydney’s central business district, and offers an initial capacity of 1,825 cabinets.

SY5 is the eighth data centre for Equinix in Sydney, and the sixteenth in Australia (with other sites in Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane). 

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