Interxion, a European provider of carrier-neutral colocation data center services, has signed an agreement to purchase the SFR Netcenter data center facilities in Marseille, France. When fully built out, the data center (“MRS 1”) will provide approximately 5,700 square meters of equipped space and a minimum of 6MW of customer-available power.
The first phase of 500 square meters of MRS1 is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2014. The second phase, also of approximately 500 square meters, is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2015.
MRS 1, which currently serves as a transit and caching node for more than 60 network providers, has the advantage of access to the aggregation point of eight undersea cables that terminate in Marseille. In addition to purchasing the land, buildings, and data center equipment, Interxion has entered into a contract with SFR that provides immediate, direct access to the existing community of network providers and cable operators.
€45 million investment
“Interxion’s investment in MRS 1 positions it at the crossroads of connectivity between Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East,” said David Ruberg, Chief Executive Officer, Interxion. “The strong network hub that is created by the aggregation of multiple undersea cable landing points connecting to terrestrial cables makes Marseille a highly attractive gateway. We have received strong interest from our connectivity, CDN, social media, and cloud customers seeking to serve the emerging markets that can be accessed by these cables. We expect to expand the existing connectivity hub in MRS 1 and to develop vibrant cloud and CDN hubs.”
The purchase of this data center facility in Marseille, France, is scheduled to complete in the third quarter of 2014. Capital expenditure associated with the purchase and construction of MRS 1 is expected to be approximately €45 million, of which approximately €20 million is associated with the purchase of the freehold land and buildings, and the construction of the first two phases.
Interxion (NYSE: INXN) serves a wide range of customers through 37 colocation data centers in 11 European countries. The company has created cloud, content, finance and connectivity hubs that foster growing customer communities of interest.