Global Switch commences construction of a new $300 million data centre in Sydney
February 5, 2013
Global Switch, the leading owner and operator of wholesale
carrier neutral data centre space in Europe and Asia Pacific, has
commenced construction of the first stage of its second Australian
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: "With
the construction of the Sydney East data centre, 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 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
A number of large multi-national companies, including a leading
software and services corporation, a global systems integrator, a
multinational information technology corporation and a managed
services provider who are existing customers of Global Switch have
made pre commitment agreements to become anchor tenants for Sydney
"We are delighted to have successfully secured high calibre
anchor tenants for over 50% of Stage 1 of Sydney East and expect to
secure the remaining capacity for this Stage before it becomes
operational in early 2014" said Mr Corcoran.
Global Switch operates 290,000 square metres (3,100,000 square
feet) of data centres across seven locations in Europe and Asia
Pacific. It opened its first Australian data centre, Sydney
West, in 2002.
Global Switch is a Reuben Brothers company.
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