Equinix Announces Fifth Melbourne Data Center

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — Equinix has announced via a blog post that they are building an $84 million USD ($117 Million AUD) data center in Melbourne, Australia. Though the facility will be dubbed ME2, it will be the fifth data center by Equinix in the coastal city. The facility will be built near ME1, Melbourne’s first Equinix data center, in the region of Port Melbourne (about 6 kilometers from the central business district of the city).

Phase one of ME is set to open in the third quarter of 2019 with an initial capacity of 1,000 cabinets. Phase one will include 29,300 square feet of colocation space. That square footage will grow to 88,000 square feet when the data center is fully built out.

“We started in Melbourne only four years ago with our green fields build of ME1. Fast forward to today we now have four sites with two distinct campus locations in Melbourne. Together with the upcoming ME2, we are creating a place where enterprises can interconnect and leverage our service,” wrote Jeremy Deutsch, Managing Director for Equinix Australia

“Since 2015, our ME1 data center has fostered a now mature ecosystem in the city with well over 200 customers interconnecting across multiple industries,” he continued. “An ever-wider variety of enterprises want to directly connect with each other and global partners to drive their digital transformation. This new wave includes retailers, manufacturers, healthcare organizations, legal firms and logistics providers, among others.”

The announcement was somewhat hidden in a broader blog post about the potential of the hot Australian market. “Australia is an economic powerhouse that punches above our weight. Australia entered its 28th consecutive year of economic growth last year, unprecedented expansion for a developed economy,” he explained, among other statistics. “Though growth may be slowing slightly this year, Australia is forecast to realize average annual real GDP growth of 2.7% over the next five years[1] – the highest among major advanced economies.”