UPDATED: Equinix invests in $US30m SY3 datacentre extension

UPDATED: Equinix invests in $US30m SY3 datacentre extension

Net Logistics boosts co-location goals by signing as anchor tenant

Equinix has completed a $US30 million upgrade to its third Sydney International Business Exchange (IBX) datacentre, SY3.

The expansion marks the third phase of the location’s development, extending capacity by an additional 1000 cabinets for a total of 3000.

The move intends to capitalise on the maturity of Australia’s Cloud market as demand for premium co-location and interconnection services continues to rise. It bases this on Forrester Research’s Sizing the Cloud Markets in APAC report which forecasts that the local Cloud market will reach $3.2 billion in 2020.

Equinix said it also expects investment in datacentre outsourcing in APAC to grow, with Cloud and hybrid Cloud in particular gaining momentum.

As part of the upgrade, systems integrator and hosting company, Net Logistics, has signed on as an anchor tenant for SY3. The Sydney-based company was formed in 2004 and has been an Equinix customer since 2006.

Net Logistics managing director, Karthick Rajendran, told ARN the SI will occupy 40 cabinets in SY3 with a total capacity of more than 300kW.

The move is Net Logistics' means of entering the co-location space.

"Traditionally we were unable to sell co-location as it has been in a shared space and essentially we would be reselling what Equinix sells now," Rajendran said. "There would be no point in going with us if customers could get the same from Equinix."

"We can now offer a caged off area, and customise solutions in terms of co-location which leverage our own managed services."

As an anchor tenant, Net Logistics will look to attract medium-sized companies that have one or two cabinets in either a shared space in another datacentre and are looking for a caged environment which is PCI and ISO 27001-compliant.

Net Logistics also has a 10-cabinet presence in SY2 which it uses for disaster recovery.

Equinix’s SY3 is located in Mascot. The facility is certified to ISO 27001 and USGBC’s LEED Green Building Rating System gold level.

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