The Victorian ICT sector is set to gain a significant boost as IBX datacentre and co-location provider, Equinix, prepares to commence the construction of its $US60 million ME1 datacentre in Port Melbourne.
A statement from the company states it will provide a capacity of 1500 cabinets, with the first phase of 375 scheduled to completion in the fourth quarter of 2014.
The facility - which will have a 105,000 square foot shell for future development - will be built to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System
According to Equinix Australia managing director, Tony Simonsen, the company has received strong demand from customers for a presence in Melbourne “for some time.”
“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 datacentre market and expand its Australian footprint,” he said.
Minister for Technology, Gordon Rich-Phillips, said Equinix's investment is expected to create around 20 new jobs by the first quarter of 2015.
“This is a significant announcement for Victoria and, as data consumption and Cloud service increases across the world, the new facility will address the high demand from customers for premium datacentre services in Melbourne,” Rich-Phillips said.