Equinix today announced that it invested $60 million for its International Business Exchange (IBX) in Melbourne to meet demand for interconnection and data center services.
The company has invested $60 million for the new facility. Over the last 15 years, Equinix invested more than $7.5 billion to expand its data center presence.
Equinix said the Melbourne data center has 375 cabinets, while future expansion can accommodate additional 1,125 cabinets. The center has over 105,000 square feet of floor space. The facility is Equinix’s fourth data center in Australia, adding to the three facilities already operating in Sydney.
The ME1 IBX data center enables Melbourne businesses to connect with Equinix’s more than 1,000 networks globally including 130 in Australia. It provides access to a large marketplace of over 4,800 potential customers and partners across more than 100 data centers.
Equinix Melbourne data center has tied up with more than 40 new customers including Bulletproof, CacheFly, Entrust ICT, Exigent, First Path, GCOMM, Micron21 Telecommunications, Telstra, Vocus, and Western Australian Internet Association (WAIA).
Cloud and IT service providers account for a quarter of Equinix’s business and are the fastest growing segment for the company.
ME1 is one of five new IBX data centers being opened by Equinix in early 2015. Other locations are in Singapore, London, Toronto and New York.
Jeremy Deutsch, managing director, Equinix Australia, said: “By opening ME1, our first International Business Exchange in Melbourne, this city’s businesses can now choose more than just state-of-the-art carrier-neutral colocation space and carrier-dense interconnections.”
A recent survey by Dimensional Research said that 85 percent of Australian enterprises are planning to deploy to multiple clouds within the next 12 months, 77 percent of which will use clouds operating in more than one country.