​Equinix completes AU$1b Metronode acquisition

The global firm now boasts 15 datacentre locations across Australia and 40 in the greater Asia-Pacific region.
Written by Asha Barbaschow, Contributor

Equinix has completed the AU$1.035 billion acquisition of Australian datacentre company Metronode.

The closure follows an agreement Equinix made with Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan in December to acquire all the equity interests in Metronode group of companies in an all-cash transaction.

About 60 employees will join the Equinix team in Asia-Pacific as part of the acquisition.

The Metronode assets add more than 80,000 square metres of land to Equinix's global footprint, with a total of 10 new datacentre facilities.

As a result, Equinix now boasts 15 International Business Exchange (IBX) datacentres across Australia, expanding the company's operations in Sydney and Melbourne, and providing a presence in Perth, Canberra, Adelaide, and Brisbane.

In total, Equinix now has 200 datacentres in 52 markets following the acquisition, 40 of which will be in the Asia-Pacific region.

Equinix said it is also hoping to utilise Metronode's existing relationships with government agencies in Australia, and to continue providing capacity to the New South Wales' government's GovDC program in two datacentres.

Metronode -- which made AU$60 million in revenue in the year ended September 30 -- had begun housing NSW government agencies in its Unanderra, Wollongong datacentre after the government consolidated 160 datacentres into two Metronode facilities under the GovDC initiative.

Metronode in July also invested more than AU$150 million into expanding its Sydney, Melbourne, and Wollongong facilities to construct three new data halls.

Equinix added that Metronode's Perth datacentre will be used to house Vocus' Australia Singapore Cable (ASC) submarine cable system.

Equinix had in September announced that its IBX datacentres in Melbourne and Sydney would house the ASC.

The company in February announced it was acquiring the operations and tenants of Texas-based Infomart Dallas, an interconnection hub that houses four of Equinix's IBX datacentres, in an $800 million debt and cash transaction.

The Infomart acquisition will be the company's 22nd to date.

Equinix spent $3.6 billion to buy 29 datacentres from Verizon last year, bringing a portfolio of around 900 customers and roughly 250 Verizon employees.

In August, Equinix said it would also deploy fuel cells in seven of its IBX datacentres in Silicon Valley, three in New York, and two in Los Angeles to help power them. This followed a pilot at one of its Silicon Valley datacentres in 2015 in partnership with Bloom Energy and Southern Company.


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