3 February 2015 by Nick Booth - -
Equinix reports that its new data center in Melbourne has already attracted some prestigious clients, including US content delivery network provider CacheFly, UK comms company Azzuri and Australian service provider LiveBackup.
In the year since the global colocation giant announced its intention to build a facility in Australia’s second city, Equinix has signed 30 clients. Its ME1 data center, built at a cost of $60 million, went live in January 2015.
The enthusiastic adoption of a global service provider’s facilities is evidence of the buoyancy of the Australian data center market, according to market analyst Frost and Sullivan which forecasts strong growth in this region. In 2013 It predicted a compound annual rate of growth of 14% in the seven years from 2013 to 2020. This would create a market for data center services worth $1.36 billion in revenue.
Local and global
It’s not just international brands that are using the California based global colocation giant. Local cloud and IT service provider clients of Equinix include Bulletproof, Connectivity IT, Entrust ICT, Exigent and Servers Australia. Among the network service providers with their points of presence (POPS) in ME1 are Telstra, Vocus, FirstPath and Western Australian Internet Associations.
IBM, which provides its SoftLayer solutions across the Equinix Cloud Exchange, currently covers its cloud facilities in Dallas, Chicago, Washington DC, Silicon Valley, Amsterdam, Paris, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo. No announcement has been made on Melbourne.
In August 2014 Australian operator Hypernode launched an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering using Equinix's local Syd2 and and Mel1 data centers in conjunction with input from Huawei and China Telecom facilities.