Equinix has signed on Yarra City Council as a new customer on the back of spending $US28 million on expanding its ME1 data centre facility in Melbourne.
The expansion features 750 new cabinets and an additional 17,990 square feet of colocation space. In total, ME1 has about 1125 cabinets and a colocation area that covers 35,790 square feet.
Equinix Australia managing director, Jeremy Deutsch, said the development and expansion of ME1 addresses the growing demand from businesses planning to expand in Melbourne.
“Melbourne is a significant site for us, and one of the most requested by our customers,” he said. “With our twin-metro strategy in Australia, customers can leverage the thriving customer base and the rapidly expanding ecosystems available to them.”
Yarra City Council is using Equinix for Cloud connectivity via the Equinix Cloud Exchange, specifically for Microsoft Azure and Office 365, as well as data backup and recovery.
According to Equinix, the council has managed to save about $US1350 on power consumption per month since signing up to its services.
Yarra City Council innovation manager, Rick Bottiglieri, noted some of the deciding factors in choosing Equinix over four other providers, was based on the quality of its data centre, interconnection offering, the company’s future roadmap and the global scale of its operations.
“Our vision in the next two years is to move our existing data centre operations into Equinix and pursue our cloud-first strategy,” he said. “This means our staff and the population of Yarra, stand to benefit significantly from improved platforms, services and increased connectivity.”Equinix has 28 International Business Exchange data centres in APAC, covering five countries including SY1, SY2 and SY3 in Sydney, ME1 in Melbourne, and its new SY4 facility, which will be opening soon in Sydney.