Interxion invests €45m in Marseille datacentre as profits climb

European cloud and colocation datacentre provider Interxion buys facilities in France to provide 5,700 square metres of space and 6MW of power

European provider of cloud and carrier-neutral colocation services, Interxion, has bought datacentre facilities in Marseille, France to provide about 5,700m2 of equipped space and 6MW (megawatts) of power to enterprise customers.

The datacentre facility (MRS 1), purchased from SFR, will be built in phases with the first phase of 500m2 opening in the last quarter of 2014 and the second phase opening in 2015.

Interxion has already invested €20m (£15.87m) in acquiring the real estate and for the building of the first two phases with another €25m (£19.8m) investment planned to get the full datacentre ready.

The MRS 1 facility currently serves as a transit and caching node for more than 60 network providers. It has access to the aggregation point of eight undersea cables that terminate in Marseille.

Connectivity between continents

In addition to providing the land, buildings, and datacentre equipment, SFR will provide Interxion with immediate, direct access to the existing community of network providers and cable operators in the area. It will also arrange for the transition of services and transfer most of the space in the facility that it currently uses.

“Interxion’s investment in MRS 1 positions it at the crossroads of connectivity between Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The strong network hub created by multiple undersea cable landing points connecting to terrestrial cables makes Marseille a highly attractive gateway,” said David Ruberg, Interxion’s chief executive.

The datacentre provider has received strong interest from our connectivity, content delivery network (CDN), social media, and cloud customers seeking to serve the emerging markets, according to Ruberg.

Datacentre growth

According to Frost & Sullivan, European datacentre services market will see a growth of 16% up to 2018, thanks to the growth in enterprise cloud computing, content-heavy applications and machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity – which forms the basis for the Internet of Things (IOT).

The colocation provider has a total of 37 datacentres across 11 countries in Europe including the UK, Germany, France, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands and Spain.

At the end of the second quarter of 2014, Interxion's equipped space totalled 86,000m2 with a utilisation rate of 75%. In the same quarter, Interxion reported a 26% year-on-year jump in its net profit to €8.3m. Its revenue for the second quarter of 2014 at €83.6m was 9% more than the same period last year and 4% more than the first quarter of 2014. 

Interxion aims to create cloud and CDN hubs in the region with its new French datacentre. The purchase agreement with SFR will complete in the third quarter of 2014.

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