European Colocation Company Interxion Expands Its Data Center Footprint in Marseille, Opens MRS2

Interxion, a European provider of carrier and cloud-neutral colocation services with 50 data centers located in 11 European countries, has officially opened the first phase of MRS2 – Interxion’s second data center in Marseille, France.

Less than four years after acquiring its first data center in Marseille, Interxion is continuing to expand its presence in the southern French city. Located at the Port of Marseille-Fos, MRS2 would meet the growing demand from international connectivity and content providers, and cloud platforms wanting to use Marseille as a hub to deliver their services and applications to Europe and further afield to Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

“Opening MRS2 is an important second step for Interxion in developing Marseille as a digital hub,” said David Ruberg, CEO of Interxion. “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.”

€76 Million Investment

Interxion MRS2 is being built in three phases which will offer customers 4,400 square meters of equippable space with over 7MW of available power. The new phase, which is now completed, consists of 700 square meters of equipable space, while the second will offer 1,900 square meters from the second quarter of 2019. The capital expenditure associated with the construction of MRS2 as a whole is expected to be approximately €76 million.

Together with Interxion MRS1, the new data center would allow a campus configuration, giving customers diversity of routes to ensure the resilience of their networks, as well as capacity for further expansion.

Interxion MRS2 also means the refurbishment of some installations at Marseille Fos Port which were historically linked to port activity. The data center is based in former naval workshops, Freyssinet-style buildings which have been unoccupied since the 1990’s. Construction of MRS2 is managed by Cap Ingelec in a consortium with Cari, a subsidiary of Fayat Group.

“The opening of this second Interxion data center in Marseille is a prime example of the Aix-Marseille region’s attractiveness for companies investing in forward-looking sectors,” said Mounir Mahjoubi, French Minister of State for Digital Affairs, attached to the Prime Minister. “This infrastructure will contribute to reinforcing Marseille’s as a growing digital hub, where new uses of the Internet represent a true opportunity for France. Our country has many assets that can be leveraged by the digital sector, has very fine startups and companies, and already attracts a number of foreign investments. I am pleased in the expansion of this industry in Marseille and the Bouches-du-Rhône department, it is a true driver of economic growth and long-term job creation.”