Equinix provides Southern Cross Cable Network hook-up from SY1

Company’s Sydney data centre, SY1, first in Australia to house a direct link to SCCN which will reduce latency

Data centre provider, Equinix, has announced that its Sydney 1 (SY1) facility is the first data centre in Australia to house a direct link to the Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN), which provides international bandwidth from Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii to the US.

The Network currently offers 620 gigabits per second (Gbps) of bandwidth.

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According to Equinix, the direct link will allow customers a further reduction in latency and also mean clients can “easily connect” from SY1 to the company’s Seattle-based data centre.

Equinix Australia managing director, Tony Simonsen told Computerworld Australia that the company chose SY1’s location due to the proximity to SCCN.

“Because of the density of networks and the calibre of companies that are housed within the SY1 facilities, SCCN saw the value in connecting directly with Equinix,” he said.

For example, it has 111 networks on site at SY1 including SCCN and PIPE Pacific Cable (PPC-1).

“Many carriers and service providers will benefit from this decision from SCCN,” Simonsen said.

“Within Equinix they can have a cross connect over to SCCN within 24 hours which will also enable fast provisioning.”

In addition, Equinix will be opening phase two of Sydney 3 (SY3) in the fourth quarter of 2012. Simonsen said the date will be confirmed in the “next few weeks.”

The company has invested US$50 million (AU$47.9 million) into the expansion of SY3, doubling the number of cabinets to 2000.

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