Packet Clearing House launches two PoPs at Interxion Marseille and Madrid

15 January 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Packet Clearing House (PCH) has deployed two points of presence (PoPs) at Interxion data centres in Marseille and Madrid.

PCH is a global non-profit company that provides operational support and security to critical internet infrastructures, which include internet exchanges and the core of the domain name system. In addition, the company operates the world’s largest authoritative DNS service network.

“By bringing DNS content closer to more users in France and Spain, we ensure the privacy of users’ Internet traffic by ensuring it never leaves the protections afforded them by their own country, and by the European Union more generally, said Bill Woodcock, executive director at PCH. “By locating those servers in Interxion’s hubs, which concentrate national and regional traffic from many large networks, we optimise the performance and security of as many users as possible.”

Interxion’s MRS1 data centre in Marseille, it will be become PCH’s second most important PoP in France acting as the main gateway to Northern Africa.

“As a result of PCH deployment, hundreds of networks colocated at Interxion's facilities will benefit from lower latency to critical Internet services,” commented Fabrice Coquio (pictured), managing director of Interxion France.

In turn, MAD1 situated in Interxion’s Madrid data centre campus will be PCH’s largest PoP in Spain and one of its key interconnection hubs in Europe.

 “The presence of such an important organisation will undoubtedly improve the hub’s attractiveness for all players in need of DNS technology in order to deliver their services and content towards Europe, Latin America and Northern Africa,” added Robert Assink, managing director of Interxion Spain.

The news comes on the heels of a number of announcements from Interxion over the last few months. At the start of January, the company launched is third data centre in London. The £30 million LON3 facility, is located in Interxion’s campus located between London’s Square Mile and Tech City areas, and provides access to more than 90 connectivity providers.

Back in October, the company also announced plans to build two new data centres in Frankfurt (FRA15) and Marseille (MRS3) in response to growing customer demand. FRA15 will be built in four phases delivering a total of 9,600 sqm of equipped space and 19MW of power once fully built out with a completion date of Q1 2020. Conversely, MRS3 will be built in three stages, delivering 7,100 sqm of equipped space and 17MW of power due to complete Q4 2019.