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01 August 2017
| Jason Mcgee-Abe
European provider of carrier and cloud-neutral colocation data centre services, Interxion, has announced it will construct new data centres in Frankfurt (FRA13) and Marseille (MRS2) and will also further expand in Vienna.
“Interxion’s growing communities of interest and the customer value they create are attracting strong demand across our European footprint. Interxion is continuing to invest to meet this demand, and today we are announcing further expansions in three of our markets,” said David Ruberg, Interxion’s chief executive officer.
According to the data centre operator leaderboard for Q2 2017 by Bevan Slattery-founded Cloudscene, Interxion ranked second for the Emea region.
“Interxion’s Frankfurt campus is one of the largest internet hubs in Europe. By combining the largest connectivity community meshed with the network and access nodes for all the major cloud providers, Interxion has created the leading cloud hub for Germany. Demand for our services in Frankfurt continues to outpace supply, and we are expanding our campus to meet our customers’ growing needs.”
Ruberg added that the new FRA13 data centre will allow Interxion to address this strong market demand with an additional 4,800 sq m of equipped space. Together with FRA11 and FRA12, which are already under construction, the company is expanding its Frankfurt campus by over 10,000 sq m or 50% in the next seven quarters.
FRA13 will be constructed in two phases, providing 4,800 sq m of equipped space and 10MW of customer-available power when fully built out. The first phase of FRA13, which is expected to provide approximately 2,300 sq m, is planned to open in Q4 2018; the second phase, which is expected to provide approximately 2,500 sq m, is scheduled to open in Q1 2019. The capital expenditure associated with FRA13 is expected to be approximately €90 million.
Interxion Marseille serves as a key gateway between Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, and the significantly increased network capacity from recent subsea cable landings has strengthened that position.
Ruberg added: “Since Interxion entered the market in 2014, Marseille has experienced significant growth and evolved into a crucial regional connectivity hub, with the number of connectivity providers resident in our data centre more than doubling in that time. The globally strategic location of the city, combined with the strong communities of interest that are forming in our data centre, is attracting new cloud and content providers to Marseille. We are adding capacity to meet that strong demand.” Interxion acquired the SFR Netcenter MRS 1 data centre facilities in Marseille in August 2014 and in November 2016 the company announced that it was to build two new data centres in Marseille.
Interxion will construct MRS2 in three phases, providing a total of 4,300 sq m of equipped space and over 7MW of customer available power when fully built out. The first phase will add approximately 900 sq m and is scheduled to open in 1Q 2018, and the second phase will add approximately 1,800 sq m and is scheduled to open in 3Q 2018. The capital expenditure associated with MRS2 is expected to be approximately €76 million.
The company made Cloud Connect, its interconnection service to the leading cloud platforms, available at its Marseille campus in April.
Vienna is a key gateway market, providing cloud and connectivity services to Central and Eastern Europe. Ruberg said: “Interxion has experienced strong growth in Vienna since 2014, more than doubling our equipped capacity, driven by the expansion of global cloud platforms that are leveraging our densely connected network community to efficiently access key markets from this strategic location.
Interxion will add another two phases (VIE2.7 and VIE2.8) together with upgraded power for its VIE2 data centre. When completed, these phases will add approximately 2,300 sq m and approximately 6MW of customer power to VIE2. The initial 300 sq m is expected to become available in Q4 2017, with another 700 sq m becoming available in Q2 2018 and another 600 sq m becoming available in Q3 2018. The capital expenditure associated with this further expansion of VIE2 is expected to be approximately €45 million.
The anticipated 2017 capital expenditure for all of the projects announced is included in the 2017 capital expenditure guidance previously provided by the company.
The news comes after Resello selected Interxion as its data centre partner for its pan-European Microsoft Azure Stack deployment last month.