Data centre and colocation leader Digital Realty is starting construction on a new data centre development in Sydney.

The move is part of a program of investment in Australia by the company, which it sees as a crucial market for its business, both in the APAC region and worldwide.

Once complete, the new site, named SYD11, will be a 14-megawatt facility, across 16,360 square metres, and will be connected to Digital Realty’s existing SYD10 facility in Erskine Park. By doing this, the company states that a ‘Connected Campus’ will be created, which it describes as a way of bringing data centre and network elements together in a single environment.

Expected to take up to 12 months, the construction of the new facility will create 500 jobs during the building phase, and around 30 permanent roles once the data centre is up and running, such as facilities managers and engineers.

Digital Realty APAC CFO, Krupal Raval, said: ‘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.’

A. William Stein, CEO of Digital Realty, noted the importance of Australia and the extended APAC region to the company: ‘This expansion furthers our leadership within Australia while demonstrating our commitment to our enterprise customers across APAC.

‘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.’

The importance of investment in Australia for the data centre firm seems to be mutually felt by Australian officials, with the Minister for Mental Health, Women and Ageing, Hon. Tanya Davies MP, attending the launch ceremony.

Commenting on the investment, Davies stated: ‘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.’

It was recently announced that a new submarine cable connecting Asia and Australia will be connected to Equinix data centres in Sydney and Melbourne.