Equinix fast tracks phase two of SY3 data centre

$47.9 million construction to be completed by September 2012

Data centre provider, Equinix, has brought the construction of phase two of its third Sydney data centre (SY3) six months forward due to heavy customer demand.

Equinix Australia country manager, Tony Simonsen, told Computerworld Australia that more than 60 new customers in the Cloud, IT and financial services industries had taken space in SY3.

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The company has invested US$50 million (AU$47.9 million) into the expansion of SY3, doubling the number of cabinets to 2000. According to Simonsen, construction has begun and is expected to be complete by September 2012.

When asked if Equinix is planning to pass on some increases in energy costs associated with the Gillard Government's carbon tax to customers after 1 July this year, he said it was still evaluating a strategy around the tax. “We are talking to our power suppliers and other organisations about the carbon tax. As soon as we are ready to make an announcement you will hear about it,” Simonsen said.

In addition, the company is evaluating the possibility of a Melbourne-based data centre and Simonsen said he plans to update the market on its progress in May this year.

In August 2011, Equinix president, Samuel Lee, said the decision to assess a Melbourne facility was based on its global strategy of selecting facilities based on their presence in “tier one” cities and based on customer requests for new services.

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