[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
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.