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

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

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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.

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 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.

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