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Interxion Launches New Managed Connectivity Service

[London, ENGLAND] European carrier-neutral Internet Exchange Center (IEC) operator Interxion Holding N.V. announced Wednesday a new managed connectivity service for its customers.

The service, named Data-Connect, will enable customers to connect and exchange data traffic within Interxion's network of European centers.

At present, Interxion has operational IECs in Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Vienna and Zurich. It plans to open sites in Dublin, Hilversum, Munich, and Milan in the first half of 2001.

Bart van den Dries, founder and chief executive of Interxion, described Data-Connect as "the glue that virtually connects our customers and makes our value proposition authentic."

The Data-Connect service will put Interxion customers in touch with their suppliers or partners, using a single, physical connection to an ethernet-based "Virtual Local Area Network" (VLAN). Among the companies that use Interxion's services are ISPs, ASPs, content providers, hosting providers and Internet Exchanges.

Technologically, Interxion is reliant on the architecture and products supplied by California-based Extreme Networks and its Black Diamond Ethernet switch. It will also use Extreme's software for provisioning and inventory management.

Interxion enjoys special status as a "Turbo Charged Provider," appointed by Extreme Networks. Bart Tillmans, EMEA marketing director at Extreme, confirmed that Interxion would be able to exploit all the functionality offered by the Extreme architecture.

Interxion's IECs bring together Internet-related businesses into a community where they can begin to form partnerships. The company occupies a promising niche in the "value added services" sector, offering equipment housing, hosting, storage, connectivity and consultancy.