UK data centre operator to build $300m facility in Australia

14 Feb 2013

Data centre operator Global Switch has started building  a second data centre in Australia, part of the London-based company’s £1 billion expansion plan.

The new centre, Sydney East, will cover 24,000 square metres and will cost about $300 million to build. It will be located next to Global Switch’s existing Sydney West centre in the central suburb of Ultimo.
The company opened its first centre in Australia in 2002. The decision to build a second one stemmed from growing demand for capacity, driven by increased IT outsourcing and expanded cloud computing activity, the company said in a statement.

Executive Chairman John Corcoran said Australia is an attractive investment for Global Switch.

“Australia is an extremely attractive investment destination given the growth in domestic demand for data centre capacity and also the geopolitical benefits it offers to multinational companies,” he said in a statement.

“With the Asia-Pacific region at the centre of global growth, Australia is in a unique position as a safe and reliable location from which to service that market,” he said.

Corcoran said the company has secured anchor tenants for more than half of the first stage of Sydney East and expects to be at capacity when stage one becomes fully operational in the first quarter of 2014.

Headquartered in London, Global Switch is an owner and operator of wholesale data-centre space. It operates centres spanning 290,000 square metres in nine locations in Europe and the Asia Pacific. It is part of the Reuben Brothers group of companies.