05 February 2013

Global Switch building new $300 million data centre in Sydney, Australia

- New 24,000 m² data centre will have a power capacity of 32 MW
- First Stage to be completed by the first quarter of 2014
- It opened its first Australian data centre, Sydney West, in 2002

05 February 2013 - Global Switch has commenced construction of the first stage of its second Australian data centre. The new 24,000 square metre (260,000 square feet) data centre, called Sydney East will have a power capacity of 32 MW and is to be built on Global Switch's campus next to its existing Sydney West data centre which is adjacent to the Sydney Central Business District.

Sydney West is already the largest of its kind in Australia at 32 MW over 42,000 square metre (450,000 square feet). Early stage earth works having been completed, construction will begin immediately and the first Stage which constitutes about one third of the total project will be completed by the first quarter of 2014. 

Sydney East is the next investment in Global Switch's £1 billion plus expansion plan, which commenced with an extension of its Singapore data centre in 2010 and the building of a second data centre on its Paris campus in 2012. In Australia, Global Switch is responding to on-going growth in data centre demand, particularly from financial institutions, governments, telecommunications carriers and managed services providers. 

John Corcoran, Global Switch's Executive Chairman, said: "Australia is an extremely attractive investment destination given the growth in domestic demand for data centre 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." 

Damon Reid, Managing Director of Global Switch Sydney said "The increasing trend for corporations to outsource their IT activities as their data centre needs expand and the huge growth in cloud computing are driving significant growth in data centre services. Sydney East will provide our customers with a network dense, low latency data centre solution to meet their growing needs and it reinforces Sydney's position as a strategic telecommunications hub of global importance." 

Sydney East will incorporate world-class data centre design and leading environmental innovations and is targeting a LEED Gold Rating. It will offer a range of flexible and secure solutions to our customers. On completion of Sydney East, the entire Sydney campus will offer 64 MW of onsite power generation. 

Global Switch operates 290,000 square metres (3,100,000 square feet) of data centres across nine locations in Europe and Asia Pacific. It opened its first Australian data centre, Sydney West, in 2002. 

Source: Global Switch