Interxion to build new European data centre and expand two more

27 September 2016 | Alan Burkitt-Gray


Interxion is to build its eleventh data centre in Frankfurt and plans to expand existing facilities in Paris and Marseille.

The company, with 42 data centres in 11 European countries, says that it is spending €95 million on the new Frankfurt centre, which will be opened in stages from the end of 2017 and the first half of 2018. It will spend €23 million on expanding Paris and €20 million on Marseille.

“We are increasing our capital expenditure guidance to support order-driven expansions in these important markets in Europe,” said CEO David Rutberg. Interxion said it was increasing its annual capital expenditure guidance for 2016 to €260 million-€280 million.

“Improving market dynamics in Europe are driving demand for colocation services across multiple segments and multiple countries, and Interxion continues to invest in new projects to expand our footprint in the cities where our customer orders exceed our existing capacity,” said Ruberg.

Interxion is already building its tenth Frankfurt data centre, the final two phases of which are due to be open by the end of 2016. “Frankfurt is the heart of the digital economy in continental Europe, and Interxion has attracted a wide array of customers, including deployments from all of the leading cloud platforms who have chosen our connectivity rich campus to gain access to more than 200 carriers and ISPs,” said Ruberg.

The Frankfurt data centre will have 4,800 square metres of equipped space – built in four equal phases of 1,200 square metres each – and 10 MW of customer-available power when fully built out.

The new capacity planned for Paris is 100% sold, said Interxion. This is a 1,000 square metre expansion of the company’s PAR7.2 data centre, announced in March 2016 with 1,100 square metres. The first phase of the expansion will open by the end of the year, with the rest following in the first half of 2017.

“The cloud infrastructure rollout is now starting to reach Paris, as cloud providers seek to extend their infrastructure into this major market,” said Ruberg.

He added: “Marseille is developing into a key connectivity hub for Europe, with two new submarine cables landing in our facilities. This is attracting a widening range of international customers, from carriers to content providers to cloud platform providers.”

Interxion opened phase two of its first Marseille data centre in July 2016, and the expansion is already 100% sold, said the company. The third phase, an extra 1,400 square metres, is due to open in the first half of 2017 and is 50% sold, said Interxion.