Equinix Inc., has today announced the expansion of its footprints with the development of a new International Business Exchange (IBX®) data center in Perth, Australia.

Code-named PE3, the planned facility marks Equinix’s 18th data center in Australia, and third IBX® data center in Perth. Upon launch of the facility, the new data center is expected to provide access to more than 1,045 companies, including 215 networks and 395 cloud providers, according to Equinix.

“We’re thrilled to continue an exciting growth period for Equinix with the planned addition of the PE3 IBX in Perth. Since entering West Australia almost three years ago, we’ve seen substantial growth driven by the state’s digital economy,” said Guy Danskine, Managing Director, Equinix Australia.

“As the impact of digital technologies continues to grow in intensity across every industry, such as mining, government and life sciences, digital leaders need one platform that brings together and interconnects the foundational infrastructure required to create digital advantage. The interconnection options available in PE3 will support our customers during their digital transformation journeys as they move their businesses closer to the edge and look to expand within Asia-Pacific and beyond.”

As laid-out, PE3 will be located adjacent to Equinix PE2 data center which is approximately 13 miles (22 kilometers) from the Perth Airport, with a planned link bridge connecting the two facilities. The first phase of the Perth facility is designed to offer an initial capacity of 650 cabinets and a colocation space of more than 1,830 square meters (approx. 38,600 square feet). Upon full build, PE3 will possess the capacity to house 1,650 cabinets and a colocation space of more than 10,600 square meters (approx. 114,200 square feet).

“Equinix continues to provide customers with the best possible digital infrastructure building blocks to help them be successful. As a trusted advisor to our customers across the globe, we are committed to investing and expanding our platform and facilities to accelerate their digital transformation journeys,” said Jeremy Deutsch, President, Equinix Asia-Pacific.

“Following our ME2 IBX data center in Melbourne opening at the beginning of the year, we are delighted to announce our plan to open a third data center in Perth, which is fast becoming an important jumping-off point for businesses looking for fast, secure and low-latency connectivity to the rest of the world. We will continue to plan for expansion in Australia and support digital leaders across the country.”

As announced, the US$54 million (approx. A$76.6 million) first phase of PE3 is expected to go live in Q4 2021.