Interxion Holding N.V. (NYSE: INXN) said it has completed the first phase of its second data center in Marseille (MRS2) to meet demand generated from international connectivity and content providers. MRS2 will also address demand for cloud platforms interested in using Marseille as a hub for application and service delivery to Europe, and on to Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, says Interxion.
In July of last year, Interxion expanded its global cloud platform in Europe by constructing Marseille's MRS2 and new data center Frankfurt (FRA13) and further expanding its Vienna data center (see "Interxion plans cloud platform expansion with new European data centers"). The European provider of carrier and cloud-neutral colocation data center services says it is continuing expansion of its footprint in Marseilles less than four years after acquiring its first data center in the southern French city.
MRS2 is being built in three phases, the first of which delivers 700 square meters of equipped space, and the second consisting of 1,900 square meters to open in the second quarter of 2019. Located at the Port of Marseille Fos, MRS2 will provide 4,400 square meters of equipped space with more than 7 MW of power available to customers. Interxion expects capital expenditures associated with MRS2 to be nearly 76 million euros.
Marseille is the landing point for 13 telecommunications undersea cables linking the city to Singapore, China, and other countries. The city connects southern Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, with increased network capacity available.
"Opening MRS2 is an important second step for Interxion in developing Marseille as a digital hub," said David Ruberg, Interxion's CEO. "This investment in the heart of the Mediterranean will help us to respond to the growing demand of our customers who wish to expand to Marseille to develop their activity in Europe and to reach emerging markets in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia."
This expansion follows Interxion's announcement in January that it will increase capacity in seven European cities to meet customer demand for colocation services (see "Interxion expanding capacity in seven European cities").
Combined, MRS1 and MRS2 provide customers with a campus configuration for route diversity, delivering flexiblenetworks and capacity expansion in the future. MRS2 is based in former naval workshops, which have not been occupied since the 1990s. With the completion of the data center, some installations at Marseille Fos Port connected to port activity will be reconditioned.
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