• Interxion to extend the coverage of PlatformDIGITAL to help consumers deploy critical infrastructure and interconnect to a leading digital gateway in the Belgian capital.

Third data center construction project

Interxion, a leading Digital Reality Company, started working on the third data center construction project in Belgium. It is a European provider of carrier – and cloud-neutral colocation data center solutions.

The project’s first phase is anticipated to be completed by the fourth quarter (Q4) in 2021 and will offer a total capacity of nearly 1,280 m2 after completion.

Infrastructure solution

The expansion – BRU3 – is close to the present facilities on the Interxion Brussels Campus, a major cloud and interconnection hub in Belgium. The novel development will benefit from the similar network connectivity present at the current data centers on the campus. Thus, it represents a strategic expansion of the roadmap for Digital Reality’s global infrastructure solution, PlatformDIGITAL, in Belgium.

The digital economy is gaining importance among all industries, including private and public. Moreover, businesses are moving the architectural models toward a new data-centric approach that supports always-on digital business, informed by real-time information. Access to a flourishing connected data community of connectivity suppliers, enterprises, and platforms could benefit Belgium consumers as Interxion has cultivated it for 20 years.

Environmentally-conscious data center

The BRU3 facility will be a part of a new sustainable district heating project being launched in Zaventem. Zaventem is a Belgian municipality in the province of Flemish Brabant that will be using the excess heat produced by the data center to warm neighboring households. This project supports Digital Realty’s commitment as a member of the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) for global carbon reduction.

Digital Realty’s data states…

Digital Realty’s newly published Data Gravity Index DGx states that the intensity of Data Gravity for the EMEA region is anticipated to double each year and is expected to grow at a rapid pace compared to the Asia Pacific and North America through 2024.

Data Gravity Index DGx is a global forecast that gauges the intensity and gravitational force of business data growth for metros worldwide.

The first study’s scope has been expanded to encompass enterprise data from 23 distinct vertical industries and 53 global metros, including Brussels. The Belgian capital is projected to experience a rapid rise in data gravity intensity, more than double with a CAGR of 141% by 2024.

Experts’ view

Dirk van de Geer, Managing Director at Interxion Belgium, commented: “BRU3 meets the requirements of both our local and global multinational enterprise customers, providing access to dense network connectivity, available power, and interconnectivity with other strategic European locations.”

He further added, “We are pleased to support local and global service providers with this additional data center to enable them to expand their services via PlatformDIGITAL® seamlessly.”

Jeffrey Tapley, CFA, Managing Director – EMEA at Interxion, commented: “Interxion’s expansion in Brussels demonstrates our commitment to supporting customers’ digital transformation strategies, enabling them to leverage Digital Realty’s global platform spanning 24 countries across six continents.”

He further added, “Brussels has a highly interconnected data community and provides an ideal location for customers to consolidate their digital infrastructure.”

Tapley concludes: “The rate at which data is proliferating today is unprecedented and is projected to increase to over 44 zettabytes by 2024 – growing more than 150 percent on last year. This is particularly apparent in Europe, where the volume of data being created and exchanged between European cities is the largest in the world. Consequently, enterprises are under increasing pressure to deliver their services at scale to often geographically dispersed points of business presence, quickly and efficiently.”