Interxion to spend $250m to grow Europe data centres

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Interxion is planning to spend almost $250 million on building new data centre infrastructure in Europe, according to Data-Economy.com.

The expansion is the result of growing demand in southern and central Europe, says Data Economy.

One of the countries Interxion is particularly interested in is Austria, where it says it will expand its existing facilities, and spend more than $50 million in the process.

Interxion is said to be the largest colocation provider in Austria, which is seen as the ideal gateway to the potentially huge Russian market.

The company also expanded its colocation operations in Rome last month.

In the most recent announcement, Interxion says it plans to construct new data centres, including in:

  • Frankfurt, Germany – FRA13;
  • Marseille, France – MRS2; and
  • add to its existing data centres in Vienna, Austria.

Of these, the FRA13 project is said to be the biggest, with expenditure projected to be more than $105 million, and is set to open in 2019.

David Ruberg, Interxion CEO, says: “Interxion’s growing communities of interest and the customer value they create are attracting strong demand across our European footprint.

“Interxion is continuing to invest to meet this demand, and today we are announcing further expansions in three of our markets.

“Interxion’s Frankfurt campus is one of the largest internet hubs in Europe. By combining the largest connectivity community meshed with the network and access nodes for all the major cloud providers, Interxion has created the leading cloud hub for Germany.

“Demand for our services in Frankfurt continues to outpace supply, and we are expanding our campus to meet our customers’ growing needs.

“Our new FRA13 data centre will allow us to address this strong market demand with an additional 4,800 square metres of equipped space.

“Together with FRA11 and FRA12, which are already under construction, we are expanding our Frankfurt campus by over 10,000 sq m or 50 per cent in the next seven quarters.”

The Marseille project – MRS2 – is projected to cost approximately $90 million and scheduled to open in 2018.

While Vienna provides easier access to Russia, Interxion describes Marseille as a key gateway to the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Ruberg says: “Interxion has experienced strong growth in Vienna since 2014, more than doubling our equipped capacity, driven by the expansion of global cloud platforms that are leveraging our densely connected network community to efficiently access key markets from this strategic location.”