One of the largest providers of cloud- and carrier-neutral data centers, colocation, and interconnection solutions worldwide, Digital Realty, has signed a contract to buy additional land in Athens that will support 15 megawatts (MW) of additional data center capacity, further enhancing its position in Greece.
The land parcel, which is near the Digital Realty ATH3 and Digital Realty ATH4 facilities in the Athens suburb of Koropi, is anticipated to support the construction of new data centers that will connect to Digital Realty’s current facilities, giving customers access to the densely populated, quickly expanding connected data communities that have been established at these locations. Two carrier-neutral data centers make up the company’s current Athens site, which has a combined capacity of 22 MW.
Colocation clients will be able to connect to a wide range of enterprises through PlatformDIGITAL, Digital Realty’s global data center platform, thanks to its extensive global presence of more than 300 data centers in 50+ metro areas across 27 countries on six continents.
“Today, with this latest development, a personal strategic plan and long-time vision is being realized: firmly placing Greece on the digital map and increasing its competitiveness globally,” said Apostolos Kakkos, Chairman and CEO at Lamda Hellix, now Digital Realty. “I’m particularly proud of Digital Realty’s current position as one of the largest providers of data center services in Southeast Europe, with three data centers in operation and others under development, adding value to Greece’s economy from both an economic and local employment perspective.”
The anticipated completion date for this most recent data center construction by DigitalRealty in Greece is 2024.
With the introduction of the fourth location in its growing Greek data center portfolio, Lamda Hellix, founded in 2002, which will soon complete a business rebranding to become known as Digital Realty, is continuing its rapid rate of expansion. Mr. Kakkos, a co-founder of Lamda Hellix, has led the Greek data center business for more than 20 years, extending services and garnering multiple honors in the process.
“After 21 years at the helm of Lamda Hellix – now Digital Realty – I’m confident that the future of the company will be bright and will continue to grow and add value to the Greek economy,” added Mr. Kakkos. “The connected data communities that have grown in our data centers will be strengthened even further by these additional facilities, which will increase capacity as well. In order to accelerate the entry of cloud and content providers into the market and further contribute to digital transformation and economic progress, we will continue to invest in Greece and equip the country with essential infrastructure.”
Apostolos Kakkos will be succeeded as the new Managing Director of Digital Realty’s business in Greece by Alexandros Bechrakis, who has been closely collaborating with Kakkos for the past 11 years as Lamda Hellix’s Chief Commercial and Technology Officer.
“I’d like to thank Apostolos for his exceptional leadership, as well as the contributions he has made to Greece through the development of its digital infrastructure,” said Mr. Bechkrakis. “I look forward to continuing his legacy and further building on Greece’s position as a hyperconnected gateway to Southeast Europe.”