NextDC opens $1 billion data center in Sydney

Craig Scroggie (NEXTDC)

Listed data center builder NextDC has officially opened its third data center in Sydney, S3, after investing $1 billion in the 80 megawatt facility.

According to NextDC, S3 will house 1,600 customers and more than 770 partners in 20,000 square meters of IT space at its Atarmon site in Sydney.

In addition to this, the space will also contain 1,500 square meters of critical operations space and four interconnect rooms.

Now complete, S3 will provide connectivity to Microsoft, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, Oracle, and other public cloud platforms.

“The past few years have shown that there is an increased need for flexible, scalable and integrated technology platforms to support the accelerating digital economy and our new ways of working,” said CEO Craig Scroggie.

“The key to digital transformation success is secure, ultra-low latency cloud connectivity, backed by a resilient and sustainable infrastructure that enables organizations to optimize their digital footprint.”

“S3 Sydney will enable our customers to accelerate their digital transformation and help future-proof their investment in digital infrastructure services,” he added.

According to Scroggie, S3 has an Uptime Institute Tier IV design and was built to support data sovereignty.

NextDC first announced plans in April 2018 to raise $281 million to purchase three new commercial real estate sites for future data center developments, one of which was for S3.

Development approval for S3 was officially granted in December 2019.

Two years later, it launched a capital raise of approximately $672 million, of which $307 million was invested in S3.

According to NextDC, S3 will securely interconnect to its S1 and S2 facilities at Macquarie Park, as well as the company’s wider national digital infrastructure.

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