Colocation and interconnection company Equinix, has just opened its new Sydney data center facility SY5 which costs the company about $160 million (USD).

SY5 is located in Alexandria, about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) from Sydney’s central business district. This new data center increases the number of Equinix facility in Sydney to eight and becomes the company’s sixteenth data center in Australia. The data center giant now boasts of a national footprint of 16 IBX (International Business Exchange) data centers that are spread across; Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane.

“Expansions of our platform and innovations of our technology make us a trusted advisor for our customers to help accelerate their digital transformation journeys. I look forward to seeing Equinix continue our growth in Australia as part of our expansion plans in the region,” said Jeremy Deutsch, President Asia-Pacific, Equinix.

According to the company, SY5 is its largest data center in Australia. Although the facility currently offers a capacity of 1,825 cabinets, it is expected to host a total of 9,225 cabinets and provide colocation space of up to 25,000 square meters when fully built.

SY5 is part of Equinix’s committed investment of over $535 million (USD) for 11 new-build or expansion projects opening in 2019 across Asia-Pacific. The projects are planned for Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Singapore, and Tokyo.

Sydney as a location of choice for SY5 is spurred by the density of carriers, cloud service providers (CSP) and subsea cables in South Sydney. SY5 is located adjacent to SY4 with direct physical access between the buildings through a secure link bridge, creating a physical campus extension between the sites.

“This expansion once again demonstrates our commitment to enhancing the local digital economy by enabling digital transformation in Australia,” said Glenn Uidam, Senior Director, IBX Operations, Equinix Australia.

“Our vast array of services offered on Platform Equinix deliver increased value for customers, providing more capacity and interconnection capabilities for them to run more efficiently and provide more effective services for their users.”