Saturday, November 25, 2017

Digital Realty breaks ground on 176,000 sqf Sydney data centre

Up tp 500 jobs will be created as a direct consequence of the development, including facilities managers, engineers, security personnel and additional contractors.

Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR) is adding to Australia’s budging data centre market with the construction of a new facility in Western Sydney expected to come online in Q3 or Q4 of 2018.

The SYD11 facility will be connected to the company’s existing SYD10 Erskine Park facility, and will boost 176,000 sqf of hosting space powered by 14MW.

The new development is expected to create over 500 jobs throughout the construction phase and upon completion, with 30 permanent roles confirmed, including facilities managers, engineers, security personnel and additional contractors.

Construction works are expected to take up to 12 months, suggesting the site could be operational by Q3 or Q4 2018.

To mark the beginning to the construction works, Digital Realty hosted a ground-breaking ceremony in Erskine Park, which was attended by Hon. Tanya Davies MP, Minister for Mental Health, Women and Ageing, along with a number of Digital Realty executives including CFO of APAC, Mr. Krupal Raval.

Digital Realty CEO A. William Stei, said: “This expansion furthers our leadership within Australia while demonstrating our commitment to our enterprise customers across APAC.

“Data centre facilities are core to any company’s digital strategy, and SYD11 will bring to market the latest advancements in data centre design, enabling our customers’ IT strategies while providing new and improved ways of connecting, working and extending their business reach.”

Also commenting, Hon. Tanya Davies, said: “This is an opportune moment for Western Sydney to become a magnet for business as investment here increases.  We welcome Digital Realty’s significant contribution to the local economy, which is expected to deliver significant job creation in an already thriving region.”

Krupal Raval, CFO APAC, Digital Realty, mentioned the company’s two data centres in Sydney and two in Melbourne and the fact that SYN11 will help to better serve the REIT’s growing customer base in the region.

He said: “In addition to demonstrating our commitment to our local customers, we hope this facility will become a hub for the modern economy, providing a significant boost in employment and additional investment in the area.”

Digital Realty currently owns and operates 145 properties across 33 global metropolitan areas.  In the APAC region, Digital Realty operates a network of data centres located in Singapore, Hong Kong, Osaka, Melbourne and Sydney.

Digital Realty’s expansion in Sydney comes at a time when the local market is in frank expansion, with future forecasters confirming on-going growth for the years ahead.

A recent study by Structure Research, covered by Data Economy, expects the Sydney and Melbourne data centre industry to nearly double in size reaching revenues of $955.5bn by 2021, up from today’s $564.8bn.