NextDC has launched a new data center in Melbourne, Australia, more than doubling its capacity in the city.

The company this week officially launched M3, the company’s third in the Victoria capital city.

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Located in West Footscray, the 100,000 sqm (1 million sq ft) facility offers 150MW of capacity. The site will offer 41,000 sqm (441,300 sq ft) of technical space across 41 data halls – a space capable of holding up to 23,000 racks.

The company said it expects to invest AU$1.5 billion into the project. Previous reports suggested the first 13.5MW phase had a planned completion date for the first half of 2023.

“The Australian digital economy is growing rapidly, accelerating the need for interconnected cloud services, sovereign secured, and sustainable solutions enabled by Tier IV certified facilities to assure business resilience,” NextDC CEO and managing director Craig Scroggie said. “The size and capability of M3 provides a gateway for enterprise and government organizations to directly connect and integrate their IT infrastructure with public and private cloud providers.”

The company operates two other data centers in Melbourne, the 6MW M1 in the east of the city, and the 60MW M2 to the north.

NextDC recently launched its third facility in Sydney. The S3 facility spans 34,000 square meters (366,000 sq ft) over eight stories and delivers more than 20,000 sqm (215,000 sq ft) of data center floor space

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