Digital Realty begins construction of Sydney data centre
US data centre acquisition firm Digital Realty has begun construction on a new West Sydney facility, which - when completed - will span 16,360 square metres.
The 14-megawatt SYD11 centre will create 500 jobs throughout the construction phase and upon completion, whilst the existing SYD10 Erskine Park facility will be connected to the new build.
A ground-breaking ceremony was hosted at Erskine Park, attended by Hon. Tanya Davies MP, Minister for Mental Health, Women and Ageing, and Digital Realty's CFO of APAC, Krupal Raval, was also in attendance.
"With two data centres in Sydney and two in Melbourne, we are pleased to be further expanding our footprint in Australia to better serve our growing customer base," said Krupal Raval.
"We hope this facility will become a hub for the modern economy, providing a significant boost in employment and additional investment in the area."
Commenting on the benefits that Digital Realty's facility will offer West Sydney, Hon. Tanya Davies said: "We welcome Digital Realty's significant contribution to the local economy, which is expected to deliver significant job creation in an already thriving region."
With 145 properties across 33 global metropolitan areas, expansion in the Asia-Pacific region "furthers [Digital Realty's] leadership in Australia whilst demonstrating our commitment to enterprise customers," according to CEO A. William Stein.
Stein, appointed CEO in 2014 after a ten-year period when he held posts as Chief Investment Officer and Chief Financial Officer, praised the new facility:" SYD11 will bring to market the latest advancements in data centre design."
"This will then enable our customers' IT strategies, while providing new and improved ways of connecting, working and extending their business reach."
Fastly's CDN Reportedly to Blame for Global Internet Outage
A huge outage has brought down a number of major websites around the world. Among those affected are gov.uk, Hulu, PayPal, Vimeo, and news outlets such as CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times, BBC, and Financial Times.
It is thought a glitch at Fastly ─ a popular CDN provider ─ is causing the worldwide issue. Fastly has confirmed it’s facing an outage on its status website but fails to specify a reason for the fault ─ only that the problem isn’t limited to a single data centre and, instead, is a “global CDN disruption” that is potentially affecting the company’s global network.
“We’re currently investigating potential impact to performance with our CDN services,” the firm said.
What is Fastly?
Fastly is a content delivery network (CDN) company that helps users view digital content more quickly. The company also provides security, video delivery, and so-called edge computing services. They use strategically distributed, highly performant POPs to help move data and applications closer to users and deliver up-to-date content quickly.
The firm has been proving increasingly popular among leading media websites. After going public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2019, shares rose exponentially in price, but after today’s outages, Fastly’s value has taken a sharp 5.21% fall and are currently trading at US$48.06.
What are CDNs?
Content delivery networks (CDNs) are a web of small computers, or servers, that link together to collaborate as a single computer. CDNs improve the performance of internet-connected devices by placing these servers as close as possible to the people using those devices in different locations, creating hundreds of points of presence, otherwise known as POPs.
They help minimise delays in loading web page content by reducing the physical distance between the server and the user. This helps users around the world view the same high-quality content without slow loading times.
Without a CDN, content origin servers must respond to every single end-user request. This results in significant traffic to the origin and subsequent load, thereby increasing the chances for origin failure if the traffic spikes are exceedingly high or if the load is persistent.
The Risk of CDNs
Over time, developers have attempted to protect users from the dangers of overreliance through the implementation of load balancing, DDoS (Denial of Service) protection, web application firewalls, and a myriad of other security features.
Clearly, by the state of today’s major website outage, these measures aren’t enough. Evidently, CDNs present a risk factor that is widely underestimated ─ which needs to be rectified with haste. Content delivery networks have become a key part of the global infrastructure, and so it’s imperative that organisations start to figure out risk mitigation strategies to protect companies reliant on the interconnected service from further disruption and disarray.