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Edge Centres buys DC Matrix to bolster Queensland data centre operations

Colocation, cloud and dark fibre company Edge Centres is bolstering its Queensland-based operations, following the acquisition of data center provider, DC Matrix.

The acquisition enables Edge Centres to add two new edge data center builds to its extensive Australian portfolio, which already spans regions including Victoria, New South Wales, and the Northern Territory.

The new data center builds, located in Sippy Downs in Queensland and on the Gold Coast, are expected to be operational later this year. Furthermore, the Gold Coast facility (EC20) will also be the largest data center that Edge Centres will own, with a total capacity of 3.4 MW.

According to Edge Centres, it sought to acquire DC Matrix because “[DC Matrix's] mission statement, ethos, leadership experience, and assets are a perfect fit for Edge Centres' key values and priorities”.

The company also declares it is ‘bringing the power of the cloud to Australia' through high-speed, redundant, and carrier-neutral fibre interconnections from sites to internet exchanges.

Leading the Edge Centre's infrastructure development is new hire Adam Gibson, who joins as chief digital infrastructure officer.

“It's great to have two private Australian businesses going forward together, working in harmony to create synergies for the future of the country's edge data center industry,” comments Gibson.

“Secondly, the acquisition is going to enable both existing partnerships and new opportunities for Edge Centres to double - or even triple - in the next five years.

“Leveraging DC Matrix's facilities, partners, staff, expertise, and other assets - including the sites north and south of Brisbane - creates powerful synergies with Edge Centres to help deliver on the next stages of the company's development.

Last year the company started construction on two data centers in Victoria and New South Wales. EC8 Traralgon is located 161 kilometres from Melbourne. The Albury, New South Wales facility, EC5, will be 100% solar-powered. The company aims to bring 20 sites online by the end of 2022 with the aim of reducing latencies for businesses across regional Australia.

Edge Centres CEO and founder Jonathan Eaves said in September 2021, “Edge Centres is creating a broad footprint of highly sustainable, highly reliable, off-grid digital infrastructure at Australia's edge. We're working tirelessly to help enterprises and local government organisations across the country to bridge the digital divide.

Edge Centres serves ISPs, RSPs and MSPs with colocation, dark fibre, IP transit and cloud connect services. Each facility offers solar, 48-hour battery and UPS backup technology.

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