The global data centre and software giant, Equinix, has recently opened a new state-of-the-art data centre in Melbourne, as part of its expansion plans throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

The centre, which is strategically located in Port Melbourne, about 2.5 kilometres from the Central Business District, will help to meet the growing regional demand for premium data centre services, and comes amidst strong growth in Australia and Victoria's IT markets. Equinix has invested A$60 million in the centre, known as ME1, and early reports indicate an successful launch.

Managing Director Jeremy Deutsch, said "With the tremendous momentum that we're seeing deploying in ME1, it is tangible proof that Equinix's interconnection solutions are key to customers' engaging with a dynamic ecosystem of business partners, networks and carriers."

Founded in 1998 in the US, Equinix has more than more than 4,400 customers, including 950+ public and private network service providers worldwide and operates more than 95 centres across 31 major metropolitan areas in 15 countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and South America.

The arrival of Equinix in Melbourne was a result of the Victorian Government's commitment to attracting international investors, and it enhances Melbourne's reputation as an Australian leader in information technology.