Equinix to invest $42 million in Sydney data center expansion
The global interconnection and data center company, Equinix, has announced that it plans to invest a significant amount of money into a major expansion of its Sydney data center.
SY4 International Business Exchange (IBX) will undergo phase two of expansion, with $42 million being invested to host an additional 1,500 cabinets which will bring the capacity at IBX to 3,000.
The expansion will also see the total usable floor space expand to more than 12,500 square metres (130,000 square feet).
The expansion of IBX is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.
The investment of $42 million/ phase two of the SY4 expansion, is the latest in a series of expansions across Asia-Pacific, with other recent expansions in Melbourne, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore.
The expansion ensures there is capacity available to new and existing Equinix customers for interconnection. As Australia's most interconnected data centre campus, Equinix's Sydney campus (SY1, SY2, SY3 and SY4), together with its Melbourne facility (ME1), will allow customers to access its unrivalled business and cloud ecosystems.
"An interconnection-first strategy for IT is now central to realising digital transformation, and Australia is fast becoming an interconnection hot spot. Equinix has the capability to provide organisations with direct, private access to the leading cloud providers, as well as many specific cloud services, offering organisations the perfect environment to embrace hybrid cloud architecture,” said Jeremy Deutsch, managing director, Equinix Australia.
“Today, we are already supporting more than 100 local and multinational companies in SY4. Our investment in SY4 demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing the most robust architecture and interconnection options that allow customers to accelerate business relationships and speed to market."
The demand for connectivity between the United States and Australia and New Zealand continues to increase and for Equinix, this represented the opportune moment to expand SY4 further to match this increased demand.
"We've chosen SY4 as our point of presence from which our customers can access the bandwidth available on Hawaiki,” said Remi Galasso, CEO Hawaiki.
“From inside Equinix, we have a significant opportunity to grow, leveraging the dense connectivity opportunities to other networks, content providers and IPs. With the expansion of SY4, this is only set to open more doors for us in the future."
Microsoft: Building a secure foundation to drive NASCAR
Microsoft is a key partner of The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and together they are driving ahead to create an inclusive and immersive new fan experience (FX).
These long-term partners have not only navigated the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic with the use of Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365, but are now looking to a future packed with virtual events to enhance the FX, well beyond NASCAR’S famous Daytona racetrack.
“Together, we've created a secure environment that's allowed for collaboration, but the future is all about the fans”, said Melinda Cook, General Manager for Microsoft South USA Commercial Business, who cited a culture of transparency, passion, adaptiveness, and a growth mindset as to why this alignment is so successful.”
“We've partnered to create a fluid, immersive experience for the users that is supported by a secure foundation with Microsoft in the background. We are focused on empowering and enabling customers and businesses, like NASCAR, to reach their full potential. We do this with our cloud platform which provides data insights and security.”
“Our cloud environment allows NASCAR to move forward with their digital transformation journey while we are in the background,” said Cook who highlights that Microsoft is helping NASCAR
- Empower employees productivity and collaboration
- Improve fan engagement and experience
- Improve environment security and IT productivity
- Improve racing operations
Microsoft Teams, which is part of the Microsoft 365 suite, enabled employees to work remotely, while staying productive, during the pandemic. “This allowed people to provide the same level of productivity with the use of video conference and instant messaging to collaborate on documents. Increased automation also allows the pit crews, IT, and the business to focus on safety, racing operations, and on the fan experience,” said Cook.
“We have started to innovate to create a more inclusive fanbase, this includes using Xbox to give people the experience of being a virtual racer or even leveraging some of the tools in Microsoft Teams to have a virtual ride along experience.”
“These environments are how we create a more inclusive and immersive experience for the fans. We're working on a virtual fan wall which allows people from new locations to participate in these events,” said Cook, who pointed out Microsoft was also helping bring legacy experiences alive from NASCAR’s archives.
“At Microsoft we can take it one level further by letting fans know what it's like to see the pit crew experience, the data and all the behind-the-scenes action. We will continue to improve automation with machine learning and artificial intelligence, from marketing to IT operations to finance to racing operations,” said Cook.
Christine Stoffel-Moffett, Vice President of Enterprise Technology at NASCAR, said: “Microsoft is one of our key partners. They have been instrumental in helping the NASCAR enterprise technology team re-architect our Microsoft systems to ensure an advanced level of security across our environment, contribute to our business outcomes, and focus on fan experience.”