Equinix to buy Metronode data centres
Mon 18 Dec 2017
Equinix has agreed to acquire Metronode’s Australian data centre properties for $1 billion AUD (approx. £570 million).
The agreement, which is expected to be finalized early next year pending regulatory approval, will add ten new properties to Equinix’s data centre holdings in Australia. With this new acquisition, Equinix will own and operate 200 data centers worldwide, with 40 of these located in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Metronode acquisition is comprised of 10 data centres, with 20,000 square meters of colocation space and 80,000 square meters of land. Existing data centres are located in Melbourne (2), Sydney (3), Perth (2), and one each in Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane.
Equinix currently has a presence in Sydney and Melbourne and will use the new Metronode campuses in part to provide customers with additional redundancy in these markets.
The new facilities are part of the Equinix growth strategy in the region, including a bid to provide international connectivity through access to submarine cables. Equinix Sydney already provides direct links to the Southern Cross, PIPE Pacific, and Hawaiki submarine cable systems; with Metronode Perth, the company will also provide direct connections to the new Vocus submarine cable.
Samuel Lee, President of Equinix Asia-Pacific, said that the acquisition of Metronode will help the company to expand its global footprint while supporting customers in the APAC region.
“Growth and expansion is a continued focus for Equinix as we strive to bring together market leaders and innovators on a single, global interconnection platform. The acquisition of Metronode helps Equinix to accelerate the expansion of our global footprint and support our customers in the region as they move their infrastructure to the edge, closer to their customers and partners,” he said.
Earlier this month, Equinix announced the addition of direct physical and virtual connection between International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres, so that customers can connect directly between locations. The new global interconnection services available between IBX data centres includes Equinix locations in Singapore and Melbourne, allowing those customers to connect to Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric participants including cloud and SaaS providers.