US-based data centre operator, Equinix, plans to expand its Melbourne datacentre, ME1, with an investment of $US28 million.
It will support the increased enterprise demand for Cloud services in the Victorian capital.
Equinix Australia managing director, Jeremy Deutsch, said Melbourne is known as the hatching capital of Australia, having a strong research and development base, a supportive business environment and the presence of established information, communication and technology companies.
“The opening of ME1 brought interconnections to this city, for which the appetite has been significant. Our expansion of ME1 will create even more interconnections in the vital economic hub which Melbourne is,” he said.
The facility currently services over 70 customers, including Microsoft ExpressRoute, Telstra, Vocus and Symantec.
By expanding ME1, Equinix said it will provide an additional 375 cabinets in Q4 2015 and a further 375 cabinets in Q1 2016. This will extend the total capacity of ME1 to 1,125 cabinets, increasing Equinix’s total size in Australia to 7,440 cabinets.