Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data centre company, today announced the expansion of its International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centre in Perth, known as PE2. This strategic move is designed to meet strong demand from a broad set of domestic and international customers for a digital interconnection hub on the West Coast of Australia, including cloud and network service providers, mining, oil and gas industries, and the public sector.
The establishment of a primary interconnection site in Perth will form a hub offering enterprises and network service providers the opportunity to interconnect with service providers locally via Platform Equinix® and internationally via access to subsea cables such as the new Australia Singapore Cable (ASC) between Australia and Singapore.
Industry analyst firm IDC predicts that at least 60% of Australia’s GDP will be digitised by 2021, with half of the top 500 companies in Australia seeing the majority of their businesses depend on their ability to create digitally enhanced products, services and experiences by 20201. The expansion of PE2 will provide Equinix customers the ability to deploy infrastructure, applications and services closer to the digital edge as digital business continues to accelerate.
Two organisations set to benefit from the expanded PE2 facilities include one of the world’s largest internet service providers, Cogent Communications, and Australian mobile satellite solutions provider, Pivotel, which provides mobile network services to remote locations for customers, especially from the local agriculture and mining industries.
• The US$11 million investment in this phase two expansion of PE2, will add 225 cabinets and an estimated colocation space of more than 550 square metres (approximately 5,900 square feet) to the facility. Upon completion, which is scheduled for Q1 2019, PE2 will have a total capacity of 700 cabinets and an estimated colocation space of 1,720 square metres (approximately 18,500 square feet).
• Equinix PE2, situated 22 kilometres from Perth Airport, enables Equinix customers located on the West Coast to establish secure, affordable, high-performance and lower latency connections with a diverse ecosystem of enterprises, cloud service providers and users across the global platform.
• Home to some of the key organisations in Australia’s mining, oil and gas industries, Perth-based customers will benefit from the high-performing PE2 facility that is rolling out Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric™ (ECX Fabric™) this quarter to provide inter-metro connectivity with cloud and
1 IDC – Breaking the digital deadlock to thrive in the Australian Market | Equinix Analyst Reports 2 network ecosystems across the Asia-Pacific region, including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, and more.
• The ASC will terminate in PE2, providing Equinix customers with the ability to interconnect their IT infrastructure and use high performance applications when doing business with Southeast Asia and other parts of the world.
• Digital business is reshaping network service providers’ sources of growth and forcing changes to their platforms. This is creating the need to support new application networking models and transforms the role the network plays and how services are delivered to support digital business. With more customers wanting to connect to their global networks, network service providers like Cogent Communications are looking to use PE2 and the Equinix global platform for connectivity and to meet growth in data consumption and bandwidth.
• The Global Interconnection Index, published by Equinix, predicts Interconnection Bandwidth will grow fourfold across the Asia-Pacific region by 2020. IDC also forecasts that by 2021, 85% of Australian organisations will use flexible IT environments with hyper-agile architecture for application development2. Equinix continues to expand the data centres acquired from Metronode to meet the rising demand for interconnection services from businesses located in Australia to keep pace
with the growing digital economy.
• The A$1.035 billion acquisition of Metronode made Equinix the market leader in Australia. Equinix now has a total footprint of 15 data centres in Australia, including two facilities in Perth, and data centres in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane, strengthening its leadership position in the region3.
• In 2018, Equinix reached a significant milestone, celebrating 20 years of being in business. The total global footprint of Equinix covers 200 IBX data centres across 52 markets, providing data centre and interconnection services for more than 9,800 of the world’s leading businesses. Among them, 40 IBX data centres are located in the Asia-Pacific region
• Dave Schaefer, CEO, Cogent Communications:
“Cogent is committed to providing customers with high speed IP network access across borders, no matter where they are based. As part of our international growth strategy, we are currently providing wholesale connections from Sydney and Equinix’s expansion in Perth would provide additional opportunity to extend our reach and connect through Western Australia.”
• Robert Sakker, Executive Director, Pivotel:
“Pivotel is Australia’s leading provider of mobile satellite solutions in rural and remote locations in the country, and is expanding its ecoSphere® 4G LTE mobile network solutions. With many key organisations within the agriculture, mining and oil industries situated in Western Australia, creating connections from a Perth based data centre enables Pivotel to be at the digital edge with our customers. Having the option of expanding into these new facilities would be a natural extension of our relationship with Equinix.”
• Jeremy Deutsch, Managing Director, Equinix Australia:
“We’re thrilled to announce the expansion of our footprint in Perth to create an interconnection hub that will provide affordable, scalable, lower latency options for our customers located on the West Coast of Australia. The roll out of Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric will drive further growth in cloud connectivity while access to subsea cables into Perth will meet increasing demand from network service providers wanting to connect their global network. As we celebrate our 20th year, our business
in Australia continues to grow as enterprises need interconnection and colocation to enable digital business and bring new services closest to the users at the digital edge.”