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Interxion to build third Irish datacentre as demand for colocation grows

Colocation provider is set to begin the construction of its third Irish datacentre during the fourth quarter of 2016

Interxion is to spend €28m on the construction of the first two phases of its third Irish datacentre, in response to the growing demand for colocation services in the Emerald Isle.

Once completed, Interxion’s 5mW DUB3 datacentre will consist of four phases, cover 2,300m2 and will provide inhabitants with access to connectivity and services from more than 40 carriers and internet service providers (ISPs).   

The construction of the first two phases is expected to start in late 2016, with Interxion claiming the project will generate more than 100 construction jobs in the local area.

Karl Mulhall, managing director of Interxion Ireland, said the build was a direct result of the growing demand the company is seeing across the country for its services.

“We are experiencing growth from new clients and as current clients as more and more look to support their traditional hosting services with cloud services,” he said.

“These companies are looking for connectivity and security from their providers, and our reputation and expertise in this area provides us with a unique opportunity for growth.”

Datacentres in Ireland

Ireland has emerged as a popular location for datacentre builds in recent years, with the likes of Apple, Facebook and Microsoft all opting to build facilities in the country.

The country’s temperate climate is often cited as a key draw, as it minimises the need for mechanical cooling technologies, while the cost of land in the country is much lower than embarking on an equivalent build in the south-east of England, for example.

The country also benefits from being sited close to the connection points of several transatlantic submarine and terrestrial fibre-optic cable networks, which is a big consideration for enterprises requiring low latency connections.

As well as the Irish build, the company has also set out plans to build datacentres in Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Frankfurt.

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Interxion has found itself at the centre of speculation recently about its future of late, with industry watchers wondering whether or not it is planning to hit the acquisition trail sometime this year, after its abortive attempt at buying TelecityGroup in spring 2015.

Fellow colocation provider Digital Realty has been mooted as a possible suitor for the firm, although – speaking to Computer Weekly on 12 February 2016, the company seemed to rule itself out of the running for buying Interxion.  

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