Digital Realty has started construction on a new data center development in Western Sydney. Australia is a key market for Digital Realty’s business across APAC and worldwide.
According to a prepared statement, the new development is expected to create more than 500 jobs throughout the construction phase and upon completion. In connection with the launch, the company 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.
Once fully operational, SYD11 will be a 14 megawatt facility, across a total of 16,360 square meters. The new facility will be connected to the company’s existing SYD10 Erskine Park facility, providing a Connected Campus environment for numerous Australian and international customers. The Digital Realty Connected Campus is an industry-leading solution that brings critical data center and network elements together under a single, secure environment.
The construction of SYD11 is expected to take up to 12 months, during which Digital Realty will employ up to 500 local contractors, providing a boost to the Western Sydney economy. In addition, once fully operational, the data center will provide up to 30 permanent roles, including facilities managers, engineers, security personnel and additional contractors.
“With two data centers in Sydney and two in Melbourne, we are pleased to be further expanding our footprint in Australia to better serve our growing customer base,” said Krupal Raval, CFO APAC, Digital Realty. “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.”
“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,” said Hon. Tanya Davies.
Digital Realty CEO A. William Stein added, “This expansion furthers our leadership within Australia while demonstrating our commitment to our enterprise customers across APAC. Data center 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.”
According to a prepared statement, Digital Realty offers a full range of global data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, and currently owns and operates 145 properties across 33 global metropolitan areas. In the APAC region, Digital Realty operates a network of data centers located in Singapore, Hong Kong, Osaka, Melbourne and Sydney.