Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 56 | Page 68


Interxion expands London Metro Connect as city tech investment reaches all-time high

Interxion : A Digital Realty Company and leading European provider of cloud-and carrier-neutral data centre , colocation and interconnection solutions , has announced the extension of its London Metro Connect solution , allowing customers to connect to 12 London data centres and six interconnected colocation and scale data centre campuses across Greater London .

The Connected London project , which initially launched in June 2021 , enables customers to plug in to several of Interxion ’ s most highly connected data centres across Greater London and interconnect with carriers , partners , applications and cloud providers via a low-latency , high-bandwidth connection . With the extension of Interxion ’ s London Metro Connect solution , customers have even more options to reach the world ’ s leading service and connectivity providers , including 195 + carriers locally , 700 + carriers globally , as well all the leading global cloud providers via direct on-ramps .
Noori , MD , Interxion UK . “ By extending the existing 68-mile high-speed fibre cable to encompass more of our highly connected facilities , we ’ re unlocking digital growth for hundreds of our city ’ s businesses .”
Customers will also gain access to Digital Realty ’ s PlatformDIGITAL , a first of its kind global data centre platform for scaling digital business , offering customers an ideal meeting point for deploying network hubs . With Interxion ’ s Network Hub and Data Hub , businesses can be strategic with the deployment of their IT infrastructure , keeping private workloads decentralised and secure , while simultaneously moving customer-facing data to a more central position where it ’ s needed most . The expansion of Interxion ’ s London Metro Connect solution follows the recent launch of Digital Realty ’ s Global Data Insights Survey , a survey of more than 7,000 C-level executives and business leaders , which found that an overwhelming majority ( 82 %) agree that a global data centre provider that is able to offer global coverage , capacity and direct connectivity across major metros on a single data centre platform is required to be successful in a world where data is becoming the business agenda .
The technology used by Interxion to connect London ’ s largest colocation network comprises of dark fibre and ‘ Managed Wave ’ equipment . This provides a private and upgraded path between the now 12 sites , offering higher performance and quicker speeds of connectivity compared to purchasing bandwidth or leased line capacity on an existing network . p
The expansion of Interxion ’ s Metro Connect comes as London – home to three-quarters of Fortune 500 companies – achieves its best year ever for tech investment , growing 2.3 times in 2021 up to £ 29.4 billion from 2020 ’ s £ 11.5 billion , the highest growth since 2013 to 2014 . Through Interxion ’ s London Metro Connect solution , customers are expected to be able to cross-connect with more than 200 financial organisations , access on-demand Internet exchanges locally and remotely , as well as interconnect with other business peers and communities of interest .
“ The extension of our London Metro Connect solution further underlines our commitment to London , providing the city ’ s thriving tech sector and growing digital economy with the infrastructure it needs to be at the forefront of global Digital Transformation ,” said Assad
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