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Interxion starts construction work on third Belgium data centre

05 March 2021 | Abigail Opiah

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Interxion: A Digital Realty Company (NYSE: DLR) has begun construction of a third data centre in Belgium.

The first phase of the project will provide a total capacity of nearly 1,280m2 when fully built out and is expected to be completed by Q4 2021.

The expansion is adjacent to the existing facilities on the Interxion Brussels Campus, a cloud and interconnection hub in Belgium.

"BRU3 meets the requirements of both our local and global multinational enterprise customers, providing access to dense network connectivity, available power and interconnectivity with other strategic European locations," said Dirk van de Geer, Managing Director, Interxion Belgium.

"We are pleased to support local and global service providers with this additional data centre to enable them to seamlessly expand their services via PlatformDIGITAL."

The BRU3 facility will participate in a new sustainable district heating project being launched in Zaventem, a Belgian municipality in the province of Flemish Brabant, which will use excess heat generated by the data centre to warm local households.

"Interxion's expansion in Brussels demonstrates our commitment to supporting customers' digital transformation strategies, enabling them to leverage Digital Realty's global platform spanning 24 countries across six continents," said Jeff Tapley, Joint Managing Director EMEA, Interxion.

"Brussels has a highly interconnected data community and provides an ideal location for customers to consolidate their digital infrastructure."

Digital Realty's recently published Data Gravity Index DGx states that the intensity of Data Gravity for the EMEA region is expected to more than double each year and is projected to grow at a faster rate than either North America or Asia Pacific through 2024.

"The rate at which data is proliferating today is unprecedented and is projected to increase to over 44 zettabytes by 2024 – growing more than 150% on last year,” concluded Tapley.

“This is particularly apparent in Europe where the volume of data being created and exchanged between European cities is the largest in the world.

“Consequently, enterprises are under increasing pressure to deliver their services at scale to often geographically dispersed points of business presence, quickly and efficiently.”