[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
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
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.