Digital infrastructure company, Equinix is expanding Platform Equinix with a third IBX data center, to be named PE3, in Perth. PE3 will be the company’s 18th data center in Australia. It allows the company to meet the demand for digital infrastructure and low-latency networking capabilities in Western Australia. The $54 million first phase is expected to be open in the final quarter of 2021.
$54 million first phase
When it is operational, the data center will provide access to more than 1,045 companies, including 215 networks and 395 cloud providers, who utilize Platform Equinix in Australia. Due to its proximity to Southeast Asia and direct connectivity via two subsea cable links Perth is becoming a strategic part of Australia’s internet infrastructure. Perth is also evolving as Australia’s second digital gateway with another subsea cable being built that will connect Australia to Oman.
Equinix also stated that The PE3 IBX will be located adjacent to the PE2 IBX, approximately 20 kilometers from the Perth Airport. The first phase of the facility will offer an initial capacity of 650 cabinets and a colocation space of more than 1,830 square meters. When fully built, the facility will offer 1,650 cabinets and a colocation space of more than 10,600 square meters. Jeremy Deutsch, President, Equinix Asia-Pacific, said,
“Equinix continues to provide customers with the best possible digital infrastructure building blocks to help them be successful. As a trusted advisor to our customers across the globe, we are committed to investing and expanding our platform and facilities to accelerate their digital transformation journeys. Following our ME2 IBX data center in Melbourne opening at the beginning of the year, we are delighted to announce our plan to open a third data center in Perth, which is fast becoming an important jumping-off point for businesses looking for fast, secure, and low-latency connectivity to the rest of the world. We will continue to plan for expansion in Australia and support digital leaders across the country.”