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Digital Realty grows Australia footprint with two new datacentres

The datacentre service provider has opened its latest facility in Australia and has acquired land for a sixth one in a market teeming with demand from massive-scale cloud suppliers

Datacentre service provider Digital Realty has opened a new datacentre in Sydney and acquired a 1.4-hectare land parcel for another upcoming facility, bringing its total investment in Australia to over A$1bn.

The two new facilities will expand Digital Realty’s Australian datacentre footprint to six facilities in a market that is seeing growing demand for datacentres in Sydney and Melbourne from massive-scale cloud providers.

Digital Realty’s newest datacentre spans 7,000 square metres and will provide up to 17.4 megawatts of IT power capacity to Australian and international customers.

And by employing a cooling system that features a pumped refrigerant economiser, Digital Realty claimed that the new datacentre will be able to achieve “excellent annualised Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) without water usage”.

In addition, the datacentre features lithium ion battery technology, which provides better performance than traditional lead acid batteries.

“The opening of this state-of-the-art facility is a huge win for the people of western Sydney,” said Tanya Davies, MP for Mulgoa, where the datacentre is located.

“With more professional jobs coming into our region, there are more opportunities for people to live, work and invest in western Sydney – now and into the future.”

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Digital Realty CEO William Stein said Sydney’s status as a global hotspot for innovation, and a key city for multinationals as they touch down into the Asia-Pacific region, makes it a “critically important” datacentre location for the company. 

“This facility will serve the community well as a strong addition to Sydney’s data and technology infrastructure, which is increasingly under-resourced due to the rapid growth of inbound business and the regional digital economy,” he said.

Digital Realty said the 1.4-hectare land parcel it acquired will be the site for a new 12-megawatt facility, with incremental capacity scheduled to be delivered by 2020, subject to planning approval and customer demand. 

Digital Realty will employ up to 500 local contractors during the construction of the new facility, providing another boost to the Western Sydney economy. Once fully operational, the datacentre will provide up to 30 additional permanent roles, including facilities managers, engineers, security personnel and additional contractors.

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