Global provider of data centre Digital Realty said it began construction on a new data centre development in Western Sydney. Australia is a key market for Digital Realty’s business across APAC and worldwide.

The new development is expected to create over 500 jobs throughout the construction phase and upon completion.

Once fully operational, SYD11 will be a 14 megawatt facility, across a total of 16,360 square metres. 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 centre 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 centre will provide up to 30 permanent roles, including facilities managers, engineers, security personnel and additional contractors.

“With two data centres 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.

The company hopes this facility will provide 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 said, “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.”

Digital Realty offers a full range of global data centre, 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 centres located in Singapore, Hong Kong, Osaka, Melbourne and Sydney.

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