Interxion, a leading European provider of cloud- and carrier-neutral data centres has today begun laying the foundation for BRU4, a new data centre to be located in Zaventem, Belgium. BRU4 represents an investment of more than €100 million and is expected to contribute to the creation of local jobs.
The facility, which is scheduled to open in mid-2023, is expected to provide approximately 6,700 m² of floor space where businesses can host their business-critical IT infrastructure and connect to Digital Realty’s flexible, first of its kind global data centre platform for scaling digital business, PlatformDIGITAL. BRU4 is also expected to provide access to the leading public cloud providers and more than 100 connectivity providers via a redundant, low-latency connection to BRU1’s connectivity hub.
“Demand for data centre capacity in Brussels continues to grow, largely driven by a surge in the number of Belgium enterprises migrating to the cloud and adopting hybrid IT models. In direct response to this growth in demand, we are constructing BRU4 which will provide businesses with the much-needed capacity to scale efficiently,” said Dirk van de Geer, Managing Director, Interxion Belgium.
The data centre is designed to run on 100% renewable energy, like the rest of Interxion’s European portfolio, as Digital Realty continues to make progress towards its global sustainability goals of reducing its direct carbon emissions by 68% and its passive emissions by 24% by 2030.
Global data creation to reach 1.4mn gigabytes per second in the next two years
"The amount of data being created in the world today is continuing to grow, largely driven by Data Gravity," says David Louis, Sales Manager, Interxion Belgium. "According to Digital Realty’s Data Gravity Index DGx, which measures, quantifies, and predicts the intensity of enterprise data growth for Global 2000 enterprise companies, by 2024, businesses will create data at a rate of 1.4mn gigabytes per second.
Louis added that “In order to manage this data explosion, businesses will require an increase of over 40% in compute processing power, fast approaching processing levels only reachable by quantum computers. With the expansion of our Brussels campus, we expect to have the compute, storage and quality infrastructure in place to enable businesses to pivot to a more data-friendly hybrid IT model and help them take on the data economy."