DE-CIX partners Bulk for expansion to the Nordics

DE-CIX partners Bulk for expansion to the Nordics

30 November 2021 | Natalie Bannerman

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DE-CIX has announced its expansion to the Nordic region with the launch of IX platforms in Norway, Denmark, and Finland.

This expansion to Norway, Denmark, and Finland will serve the regional connectivity needs, driven by new trans-Atlantic and intercontinental subsea cables connecting the Nordics with North America and Asia.

“The Nordic region comprises some of the world’s most highly developed digital markets. However, the interconnection infrastructure available in the region does not match the digital maturity of the economy in the Nordics," said Ivo Ivanov (pictured), CEO of DE-CIX International.

"The region has seen significant growth in data centre investments for the concentration of hosting, storage and cloud deployments, and a high concentration of enterprises and manufacturing presence. It is important for the related interconnection infrastructure to get closer to these investments, to serve the connectivity demands. DE-CIX has seen strong support from the Nordic data centre community for our plans to expand to the region, in which we will localize our interconnection capabilities for these markets, at the same time as integrating them into the DE-CIX European and trans-continental interconnection ecosystem.”

As with its other facilities, DE-CIX will fully integrate the Nordic exchanges into the company’s existing carrier and data centre neutral interconnection ecosystem, which is comprised of more than 10 IXs (2100+ connected networks) across  Central and Southern Europe, as well as 5 IXs (400+ connected networks) in North America. The new Nordic DE-CIX Internet Exchanges will have presences in all relevant data centre facilities in the respective markets.

Bulk Infrastructure Group AS will serve as one of the initial partners for the new Nordic IXs and will support DE-CIX from Day 1. As such, the DE-CIX interconnection platforms will be available in the Bulk data centres in Oslo (OS-IX) and Kristiansand (Campus N01) (Norway), as well as Esbjerg (Campus DK01) (Denmark).

“This partnership with DE-CIX will further enhance the options for customers to interconnect and access a range of services in addition to the already low latency access to major markets combined with the greenest cheapest energy in Europe,” said Gisle M. Eckhoff, executive vice president of data centres at Bulk Infrastructure.

“We are seeing an increase in demand for low cost, highly sustainable solutions and with these new DE-CIX Nordics locations we are helping to support that gravity shift north. We are delighted to build on our previous investments to unlock the potential of the Nordics and look forward to working with DE-CIX to enable more customers to take advantage of renewable, long term sustainable data centres.”

With the new DE-CIX Nordic IXs, the company global footprint will grow to 32 locations in Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Asia, delivering in excess of 85Tbs.