US data centre acquisition firm Digital Realty has begun construction on a new West Sydney facility, which - when completed - will span 16,360 square metres.
The 14-megawatt SYD11 centre will create 500 jobs throughout the construction phase and upon completion, whilst the existing SYD10 Erskine Park facility will be connected to the new build.
A ground-breaking ceremony was hosted at Erskine Park, attended by Hon. Tanya Davies MP, Minister for Mental Health, Women and Ageing, and Digital Realty's CFO of APAC, Krupal Raval, was also in attendance.
"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.
"We hope this facility will become a hub for the modern economy, providing a significant boost in employment and additional investment in the area."
Commenting on the benefits that Digital Realty's facility will offer West Sydney, Hon. Tanya Davies said: "We welcome Digital Realty's significant contribution to the local economy, which is expected to deliver significant job creation in an already thriving region."
With 145 properties across 33 global metropolitan areas, expansion in the Asia-Pacific region "furthers [Digital Realty's] leadership in Australia whilst demonstrating our commitment to enterprise customers," according to CEO A. William Stein.
Stein, appointed CEO in 2014 after a ten-year period when he held posts as Chief Investment Officer and Chief Financial Officer, praised the new facility:" SYD11 will bring to market the latest advancements in data centre design."
"This will then enable our customers' IT strategies, while providing new and improved ways of connecting, working and extending their business reach."