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Interxion, a Digital Realty company, has announced the opening of the first phase of MRS3, its third data centre in Marseille.
Located in a former World War II submarine base known as Martha, the site of MRS3 has been abandoned for decades.
Virtually indestructible, its specifications include terraced reinforced concrete to a thickness of 5.5 metres, the ability to withstand 10-tonne bombs, a length of 250 metres and a 12-metre high surrounding wall.
As a result, MRS3 is an architecturally unique structure that houses a 16.5MW data centre and approximately 7,100 square metres of fully equipped IT space to be delivered in three stages.
“With over 150 network service providers, Interxion’s Marseille campus has established itself as one of the world’s leading digital hubs for intercontinental data traffic,” said David Ruberg, chief executive officer of Interxion.
“The opening of MRS3 will offer new and existing customers expanded access to the vibrant community in Marseille, including numerous connectivity providers, digital media and cloud segments along with local as well as global enterprises.”
This first 2,300 square metre phase will be followed by two additional phases scheduled for delivery during 2021.
Additionally, MRS3 is positioned adjacent to the MRS2 data centre and will benefit from the dense connectivity throughout the campus, as well as from 100% renewable energy sources.
“Given the scale of the campus, this project has been a formidable undertaking, transforming the site into a best-in-class, modern data centre purpose-built to provide our customers with the digital infrastructure requirements to scale at the speed and bandwidth they need,” added Fabrice Coquio, managing director at Interxion France.
“Thanks to the support of the local public authorities and the enthusiasm of our customers, Marseille has grown to be the world’s ninth-largest Internet hub. Our goal is now to see the city enter the top five within the next three years.”
In addition, MRS3 and subsequent data centres will benefit from cooling from an unused water source at 15°C drawn from the former Gardanne mines, which will be available throughout the year.
The heat drawn off will be available for heating purposes for homes and offices in the new Euroméditerranée districts.