France-IX deploys third PoP in Marseille

17 May 2018 | Natalie Bannerman

France-IX has opened its third point of presence (PoP) in Interxion’s new MRS2 data centre, in Marseille.

The new connectivity point will allow France-IX to deliver better connectivity to its peering members and will support the growth of Marseille as an international gateway.

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"It was critical for us to continue our expansion in Marseille in order to meet demand for our members’ requirements and boost capacity for new members looking to expand in the region," said Franck Simon, president of France-IX. "In addition, having Interxion MRS2 connected to Interxion MRS1 will allow us to add redundancy and increase resilience."

In addition, the increased capacity will boost France-IX’s delivery of peering services via 1G, 10G and 100G ports. Only last year these same ports delivered a service availability of 99.998% and a provisioning time of between three to five business days.

Through France-IX’s marketplace partners; Hurricane Electric, Sparkle and Orange, peering members can also take advantage of competitively priced and rapidly provisioned IP transit, anti DDoS, cloud direct access, Ethernet transport, as well as paid and remote peering.

Remote peering partners of the company also benefit from the increased capacity especially given that the number of remote peering partners has grown over the last 18 months in Marseille to include the likes of Angola Cables, BICS, Epsilon, ielo-liazo and Sparkle.

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"Marseille is located at the crossroads of connectivity between Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. We always believed it would play a key role in the digital growth in the region and in France and we were right – the local ecosystem has developed considerably in just a few years, both in terms of traffic exchanged and number of members," added Simon.

Interxion completed work on its MRS2 datacentre earlier this week. The 700sqm facility marks the end of two new builds, the second site MRS3 will offer 1,900 sqm of equip-able space from the second quarter of 2019.

Topics: France-IX, Interxion, MRS2, data centre, PoP, Marseille, Franck Simon