Interxion Announces the Opening of MRS3, Its Newest Data Centre in Marseille
Digital Realty Press Release
July 1, 2020
Interxion continues to expand Marseille campus to meet strong demand from local, national and international customers
PARIS /PRNewswire/ — Interxion, a leading European provider of carrier- and cloud-neutral colocation data centre solutions and a Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR) company, announced today the opening of the first phase of MRS3, its third data centre in Marseille. The Marseille campus sits at the heart of the global subsea cable industry, with 14 cables currently landing in Marseille and five to 10 additional cables expected to land within the next five years. Marseille serves as the digital nexus connecting 4.5 billion cloud and digital media users across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
“With over 150 network service providers, Interxion’s Marseille campus has established itself as one of the world’s leading digital hubs for intercontinental data traffic,” said David Ruberg, Chief Executive Officer of Interxion, a Digital Realty company. “The opening of MRS3 will offer new and existing customers expanded access to the vibrant community in Marseille, including numerous connectivity providers, digital media and cloud segments along with local as well as global enterprises.”
Former submarine base restored and converted to a data centre
This state-of-the-art, highly connected data centre is located in a former World War II submarine base known as Martha. Abandoned for decades, this unusual building was built to be virtually indestructible – its specifications include terraced reinforced concrete to a thickness of 5.5 metres, the ability to withstand 10-tonne bombs, a length of 250 metres and a 12-metre high surrounding wall. The result is an architecturally unique structure that houses a 16.5-megawatt data centre and approximately 7,100 square metres of fully equipped IT space to be delivered in three stages. This first phase, comprising approximately 2,300 square metres, will be followed by two additional phases scheduled for delivery during 2021.
A latest generation data centre in one of Europe’s most dynamic digital hubs
MRS3 is situated adjacent to the MRS2 data centre and will benefit from the dense connectivity throughout the campus. As is the case for all Interxion’s data centres, MRS3 will benefit from 100% renewable energy sources. Uniquely, MRS3 and subsequent data centres will benefit from cooling from an unused water source at 15°C drawn from the former Gardanne mines, which will be available throughout the year. The heat drawn off will be available for heating purposes for homes and offices in the new Euroméditerranée districts.
“Our Marseille campus is well known for its national and international community of leading global digital media and cloud services providers, with a growing presence from enterprise customers seeking to evolve their hybrid cloud infrastructures in a secure and highly connected environment,” explained Fabrice Coquio, Interxion France Managing Director. “Given the scale of the campus, this project has been a formidable undertaking, transforming the site into a best-in-class, modern data centre purpose-built to provide our customers with the digital infrastructure requirements to scale at the speed and bandwidth they need. Thanks to the support of the local public authorities and the enthusiasm of our customers, Marseille has grown to be the world’s ninth-largest Internet hub. Our goal is now to see the city enter the top five within the next three years.”
Interxion, a Digital Realty company, is a leading provider of carrier- and cloud-neutral colocation data centre solutions in Europe, serving a wide range of customers through more than 50 data centres in 11 European countries. Interxion’s uniformly designed, energy-efficient data centres offer customers extensive security and uptime for their mission-critical applications. With over 700 connectivity providers, 21 European Internet exchanges, and most leading cloud and digital media platforms across its footprint, Interxion has created connectivity, cloud, content and finance hubs that foster growing customer communities of interest. For more information, please visit www.interxion.com.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements which are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially, including statements related to the new MRS3 data centre, the Marseille campus, subsea cables, expected IT load, square footage, timeline to completion and costs, renewable energy sources, the inability to utilise the capacity of newly planned data centres and data centre expansions, delays in connection with the development of new data centres or data centre expansions, significant competition, and data centre demand, including demand for our facilities. For a list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see the reports and other filings by the company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.