5 February 2013 – DatacenterDynamics
Global Switch has commenced construction of the first stage of its second Australian data center.
The new 24,000 sq m (260,000 sq ft) data center, called Sydney East, will have a power capacity of 32MW and will be built on Global Switch’s campus next to its existing Sydney West data center adjacent to the Sydney Central Business District.
Sydney West is already the largest facility of its kind in Australia, at 32 MW and over 42,000 sq m.
The wholesale carrier neutral data center provider said early stage earth works having been completed and construction will begin immediately.
The first stage, which constitutes about one third of the total project, will be completed by the first quarter of 2014.
Global Switch said Sydney East is the next investment in its £1bn-plus expansion plan, which commenced with an extension of its Singapore data center in 2010 and the building of a second data center on its Paris campus in 2012.
In Australia, Global Switch said it is responding to on-going growth in data center demand, particularly from financial institutions, governments, telecommunications carriers and managed services providers.
John Corcoran, Global Switch’s Executive Chairman, said: “With the construction of the Sydney East data center, our Sydney campus expands upon its already impressive, highly resilient environment delivering further benefits to new and existing customers that result from the scale economies of our facilities.”
“Australia is an extremely attractive investment destination given the growth in domestic demand for data center capacity and also the geo-political benefits it offers to multinational companies. “With the Asia-Pacific region at the centre of global growth, Australia is in a unique position as a safe and reliable location from which to service that market.”