IXcellerate continues to expand financial eco-system in preparation for GDPR

12 December 2017 | Natalie Bannerman


IXcellerate, Russia’s carrier neutral data centre operator, announced the latest stage in a series of technology and marketing initiatives to expand its financial eco-system.

Since its launch in 2012, IXcellerate has become the core for the finance industry in Russia and hosts its main data hubs, including a number of trading houses, major banking institutions including the Agricultural Bank of China, its latest addition.

Commenting on the announcement, Michael Ourabah, CEO of BSO, said: “We have seen interest building in Russian markets as the economy has been strengthening and diversifying over the past few years. We believe the Moscow One campus is a great place from which to benefit from new growth opportunities in this market.”

In September of this year, IXcellerate secured financing from Goldman Sachs in the form of a $15 million convertible loan agreement. As such, the company has been able to expand the footprint of its Moscow One data centre, while also maintaining its international quality standards. Clients in Moscow One have access to a range of connectivity options including access to global cloud operators such as Alibaba Cloud, Tencent Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Oracle, IBM Softlayer and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to name a few.

2018 is set to be equally as big for IXcellerate with the operator planning on growing the number of key financial services market infrastructure partners available at the Moscow One data centre. At present these include: Thomson Reuters, Orange Business Services, BSO, RETN, Telia, NTT Communications, Softline, Onlanta and FORS Distribution.

In addition to its plans to grow its data centre footprint, IXcellerate will also partner with The Realization Group (TRG) over the coming year to create a range of ‘thought leadership campaigns”. These will focus on business and technology issues that impact firms that operate in Russia, including the need for secure compliant data storage and distribution in order to comply with the General Data Protection Regulations in Russia.

“Having worked with TRG before to create a financial ecosystem at LD4 and FR2 with IXEurope (which was subsequently sold to Equinix), I am looking forward to having industry support in making a new audience aware of what IXcellerate can do for firms operating in the Financial Services arena,” added Guy Willner, CEO and co-founder of IXcellerate.