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Interxion Opens More European Data Centers

[London, ENGLAND] Interxion, the Dutch operator of carrier-neutral Internet exchange centers (IECs) across Europe (and pronounced "Inter-Action"), announced Tuesday the addition of further centers in Ireland and Italy.

The new centers bring Interxion's total square-footage in Europe to 1.1 million (that's around a hundred thousand square meters), with thirteen of its eighteen centers now fully operational.

Bart van den Dries, Interxion founder and chief executive, said the company is growing very fast, in pace with the exploding colocation and hosting market.

"We started our services in Amsterdam two years ago and rolled out to major business centers in Europe. We currently have almost 400 people at Interxion. These acquisitions and our first mover advantage strengthen our position as Europe's Internet infrastructure company of the future," said van den Dries.

There is little doubt that the colocation and hosting market is booming in Europe. In a report earlier this year, research company Ovum estimated that it will grow from US $1.8 billion in 2000 to US $12.3 billion by 2005.

The new Interxion centers in Ireland and Italy are expected to be operational in the first quarter of next year.

Interxion has actually acquired two locations in Ireland, with a total of 140,000 square feet, while in Italy it has built a new 130,000 square feet facility.

Interxion currently has operational IECs in Amsterdam, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, London, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Vienna and Zurich. It is in the process of rolling out its new facilities in Dublin, Helsinki, Hilversum and Milan.