16 May 2018
| James Pearce
Interxion has completed the first phase of its second data centre facility in Marseille, adding 700sqm of equip-able space to the site.
The expansion of Interxion’s Marseille facility
includes the addition of
MRS2 and MRS3, two new data centres, with the first stage
of MRS2 now officially open.
The opening comes
four years after Interxion acquired MRS1 – its
first data centre in the French city – which had been
the SFR Netcenter data centre for a total of around
€45 million, of which €20m million was associated
with the purchase of the freehold land and buildings.
The new phase, which is now completed, consists of 700 sqm
of equipable space, while the second will offer 1,900 sqm from
the second quarter of 2019. Overall, MRS2 is expected to cost
around €76 million.
"Opening MRS2 is an important
second step for Interxion in developing Marseille as a digital
hub," said David Ruberg (pictured), Interxion CEO. "This
investment in the heart of the Mediterranean will help us to
respond to the growing demand of our customers who wish to
expand to Marseille to develop their activity in Europe and to
reach emerging markets in Africa, the Middle East and
The development of MRS2 has seen Interxion refurbish some
installations in the historic Marseille Fos Port, which were
previously used for port activities. The new facility is
located in former naval workshops that have been unoccupied
since the 1990s.
The expansion comes amid growing demand for data in Europe
and onward connectivity to the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
The Cisco Visual Networking Index estimates that internet
traffic in the Middle East and Africa is set to grow six-fold
by 2020 to 10.9 exabytes per month. Traffic in Asia Pacific is
forecast to grow three-fold to 67.8 exabytes per month over the
Colt, for example, has already announced plans for a new point
of presence in MRS2.
Marseille traditionally served as a trading port for the
Greeks and Romans, but has now became a connectivity hub, with
the likes of Interxion, Orange and numerous other companies
operating there. Overall, 13 subsea cable systems land in the
Jean-Claude Gaudin, president of the Aix-Marseille-Provence
Metropolis, mayor of Marseille, honorary vice-president of the
French Senate said: "We are particularly proud to attend the
inauguration of Interxion’s MRS2 data centre, an
addition to the several assets the Aix-Marseille-Provence
Metropolis has in the digital field. These vast centres of IT
servers that store and process data for companies support the
digital transformation of our territory.
"Located in the Port of Marseille Fos, this new site has a
role to play in supporting the development of Marseille as a
global hub for telecom, cloud and digital exchanges. It
reflects the willingness of the Aix-Marseille-Provence
Metropolis to place the digital sector at the very heart of its
development and attractiveness strategy."
MRS2 is located just 4km away from the original MRS1 site,
but offers a diverse location in the city for carriers and
OTTs. Since buying MRS1, Interxion has seen the number of
networks present in the city more than double to 135
Mike Hollands – Interxion’s director
of marketing & business development, connectivity segment
– recently told Capacity that adding a second location
on a nearby site "adds resilience" and came following demand
from the data centre provider’s customer base.
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Fabrice Coquio, managing director of Interxion France,
added: "MRS2 is the continuation of what we started with MRS1
when Interxion acquired the facility in 2014. I am proud and
honoured today to open this new data centre, which is
particularly notable due to its position within the grounds of
Marseille Fos Port, forming, together with MRS1, the
Interxion’s Marseille Campus. The number of
telecom providers in Marseille is growing with the arrival of
cloud and digital media platforms, confirming Marseille not
only as a connectivity hub but as a content hub."