(The Hosting News) – A new data center facility being constructed by colocation provider Digital Realty Trust is set to have a big impact on the economy of Melbourne, Australia.
Development of the site is currently taking place at a more than thirty thousand square foot property the company purchased back in August and involves the construction of two buildings.
Exactly how big of an impact will the data center have? An estimated value of $365 million Australian dollars is the answer, according to the company. And the most important part of the economic factor is the jobs that will be provided for. Digital Realty maintains that over 200 jobs are being directly created. That’s in addition to more than 450 created indirectly.
“In addition to direct economic impact projected to be approximately $365 million, we believe there will be a ripple effect on regional businesses which will also benefit western Melbourne significantly,” stated Digital Realty Asia Pacific Regional Head Kris Kumar when discussing the matter in a press release.
Kumar continued, “There is also potential for training and skills development for employees in small to medium enterprises in the data centre industry.”
The colocation provider anticipates that construction of the data center will be done by early next year and although it’s not finished, there’s already one high profile customer. The National Australia Bank will rely on the site for hosting when it’s up and running.
Digital Realty officially broke ground on the development property on Wednesday. The data center itself will encompass five thousand square metres and includes support for a total of six PODs.
Meanwhile, Melbourne just represents part of a large investment into the country by Digital Realty. The company also has a project planned in Sydney which Digital Realty announced in July.
The Australian market represents Digital Realty’s second location in the Asia-Pacific Region. The company also has a more than 370 thousand square foot facility in Singapore. Aside from Australia, Digital Realty Trust operates a high level of data center facilities in continents including North America, Europe and Asia.
Melbourne ranks behind Sydney as Australia’s second largest city. The country represents one of the world’s largest economies, ranking thirteenth in nominal GDP last year, according the to U.S. government. For more information on Digital Realty’s Melbourne data center site, view a press release by the company here (investor.digitalrealty.com).