Interxion grows Belgian footprint with sustainable expansion
Interxion - Digital Realty’s European subsidiary - is expanding its presence in Belgium. On Thursday, the company announced that construction has begun on a third data centre located in the Interxion Brussels Campus.
The new facility will be located adjacently to Interxion’s two pre existing data centres. BRU3 will have a total capacity footprint of 1,280 square metres upon full completion of its built out. The first phase of construction is expected to spin up, delivering colocation and interconnection services to enterprise and cloud customers as early as Q4 of 2021.
Jeff Tapley, Joint Managing Director EMEA at Interxion, believes that the expansion project not only reflects Brussels’ status as an interconnection hub of international renown, but also Interxion’s commitment to the region’s digital economy.
"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 commented on Thursday.
"Brussels has a highly interconnected data community and provides an ideal location for customers to consolidate their digital infrastructure."
Both the overall level of digital maturity and sheer population density represented across the low countries makes the area a prime site for the construction of more digital infrastructure over the coming decade.
"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% 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,” added Tapley.
“Consequently, enterprises are under increasing pressure to deliver their services at scale to often geographically disper sed points of business presence, quickly and efficiently."
In keeping with Digital Realty’s commitments towards sustainable practice across its design, construction and operation process, BRU3 will channel excess heat into a new sustainable district heating project to warm homes in the nearby Flemish neighbourhood of Zaventem.
LCL acquires ENGIE Solutions data centre in Gembloux
The data centre company LCL has announced today that it has acquired the ENGIE solutions data centre in Gembloux, Belgium through the acquisition of Cofely data solutions. The new facility, called Wallonia One, is the company’s first facility in Wallonia. As part of the agreement, LCL will take over the management of the facility’s employees as well as the data centre itself. The value of the acquisition is undisclosed.
LCL says that Wallonia One is its fifth data centre in the Belgian market and its second acquisition, after purchasing the Atos data centre in Huizingen in April last year. Laurens van Reijen, CEO of LCL, said: “With this fifth data centre, we are increasing our presence on the market. Gembloux is located in the heart of the Walloon economy. As a result, LCL Wallonia One offers excellent connection possibilities for the business sites and parks throughout Wallonia.
“Thanks to our other strategic sites located in the four corners of the Brussels and Antwerp peripheries, we can ensure that any company will have close links with other regions in our country”, van Reijen said.
Four employees under a fixed contract with Cofely Data Solutions will be joining the LCL team for the acquisition. Remaining part of the LCL Wallonia One, the employees will be under the leadership of their current manager, Nicolas Coppée, LCL said.
“We warmly welcome our four new colleagues and their support will be effectively integrated,” said Laurens van Reijen. “LCL is still strongly driven by service and quality. We intend not only to build synergies between our five data centres but also to introduce some innovations. Our current team of 37 employees is specialised in data centre services. So this is a win-win-win operation: for the customers of data centres, for ENGIE Solutions, and for LCL”.
Wallonia One’s “solar park”
LCL also says that the Wallonia One data centre features a solar park to provide power for the facility. The park includes 2,000 photovoltaic panels which generate 1MW of electricity, LCL claims. The centre also has a low Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.25, in line with the company’s sustainability and efficiency objectives.
Committed to making all of its data centres carbon-neutral by 2030, LCL has created the “Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact” across Europe, which consists of 24 companies and 17 associations.
In addition to Wallonia One, LCL and ENGIE Solutions have also concluded a collaboration agreement, thus enabling ENGIE Solutions to build new data centres for LCL. There are also plans for ENGIE Solutions to advise LCL on energy efficiency, given ENGIE’s experience in such projects.