Equinix to build $66 million data centre in Melbourne

Twenty new jobs to be created in 2015 as a result of construction
Equinix Australia managing director Tony Simonsen.

Equinix Australia managing director Tony Simonsen.

Data centre provider Equinix has announced its intention to build a $66 million 105,000 square foot facility in Melbourne, with the first phase of construction expected to be complete by December 2014.

Called ME1, the Tier III data centre will provide capacity of 1500 cabinets. Twenty new jobs will be created in early 2015 as a result of the construction.

Equinix Australia managing director Tony Simonsen told Computerworld Australia that the decision to build in Melbourne was due to customer demand.

“We look at the market opportunities and listen to our customers. In our global customer surveys, they indicated that the Melbourne market is one they would like us to expand into,” he said.

“Proximity is increasingly important for network performance, so for a business hub like Melbourne, it was an essential next step that Equinix continue to support the data centre market and expand its Australian footprint.”

In addition, the ME1 site will have room for future development. Simonsen confirmed that it was in conversations with some overseas customers wishing to locate in Australia but could not name any as yet.

“We are close to commitment with some of them,” he said.

ME1 will be built to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. The plan includes evaporative coolers to help with power usage effectiveness (PUE).

Simonsen said the Victorian coalition government had actively assisted Equinix with establishing a presence in the state and meeting building consents.

The government has a stated commitment to support the growth of IT companies with its Technology Plan for the Future- Information and Communication Technology.

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