Today, I am very excited to announce our plans to open a new AWS Region in France! Based in the Paris area, the region will provide even lower latency and will allow users who want to store their content in datacenters in France to easily do so. The new region in France will be ready for customers to use in 2017.
Over the past 10 years, we have seen tremendous growth at AWS. As a result, we have opened 35 Availability Zones (AZs), across 13 AWS Regions worldwide. We have announced several additional regions in Canada, China, Ohio, and the United Kingdom – all expected in the coming months. We don’t plan to slow down or stop there. We are actively working to open new regions in the locations our customers need them most.
French organizations were amongst the first to use AWS when we launched in 2006. Since we opened the first AWS EU Region in Ireland in November 2007, we have seen an acceleration of companies adopting the AWS Cloud. To support our customers’ growth, their digital transformation, and to speed up their innovation and lower the cost of running their IT, we continue to build out additional European infrastructure. Our CDN and DNS network now has 16 points of presence across Europe, we have added a third AZ in Ireland, a second infrastructure region in Frankfurt and a third region in the UK (due in coming months). After the launch of the French region there will be 10 Availability Zones in Europe.
We have also expanded our presence in France over the last ten years. We have launched three points of presence, with two in Paris and one in Marseille, and also opened offices in the country, employing account managers, solutions architects, trainers, Business Development and Professional Services teams, as well as other job functions. Our teams are helping companies of all sizes, operating in various industries, such as finance, business, media, and many others, move to the cloud. As a result, more than 80 percent of companies listed on the CAC 40, the French stock market index, are now using AWS Cloud technology to speed their time-to-market, lower their costs, and support their businesses globally.
Within the thousands of businesses using AWS in France, we count enterprises such as Schneider Electric, Lafarge and Dassault Systemes as customers as well as CAC40, multinational bank, Societe Generale Group. When we first talked to Societe Generale Group about opening the AWS region, Carlos Goncalves, Head of Global Technology Services, said, "We are delighted to learn that Amazon Web Services will open a region in France. Using the AWS Cloud, and the extended services offered by the platform, is an opportunity for us to accelerate our transformation and focus on how we can better serve our clients.”
Another CAC40 company using the cloud to support its digital transformation is Veolia Water France, a subsidiary of Veolia, specialized in the distribution and the treatment of water. In the past we have had Benito Diz, CIO Veolia Water France speak at our events where he has talked about how they have been able to achieve important cost reductions while improving security and agility by moving to AWS. He has said, “By moving a large part of our IT system from our old IBM mainframe to AWS, we have adopted a cloud first strategy, boosting our power of innovation. By launching a new platform to analyze the Terabytes of data collected by the sensors located in our thousands of water meter or water vats we are creating an Internet of Things (IoT) system that helps us to reduce the maintenance intervention time, anticipate the refills and have in real time the information on the key indicators (temperature, water purity, pH level ...). We couldn’t have launched this industrial IoT project without the AWS flexibility.”
In other sectors, government organizations, as well as French charities such as Les Restos du Coeur, are also adopting the AWS Cloud to innovate and better serve the citizens of France. We are also seeing a vibrant start-up community growing in the country thanks to the cloud. This is producing some very innovative and disruptive companies using AWS to launch, rapidly scale their businesses and go global, such as Aldebaran Robotics, Captain Dash, Payplug, and Leboncoin. Another of these exciting start-ups is Teads which runs video advertising for publishers and advertisers. What makes Teads interesting is the rapid growth they have been able to achieve. In four years of existence they have been able to expand their business to touch over 1.3 billion users across the web. When we informed him of the new region, Loïc Jaurès, Teads CTO told us “Without AWS we would have had to focus our time and efforts on the infrastructure instead of growing and innovating in our core business. By offloading the running of the infrastructure to AWS, today we have customers all over the US, in Asia and also in Europe. A new region will help us to better serve our French customers which have high expectations in term of content delivery such as Le Monde, Condé Nast, Les Echos, and more.”
The new European region, coupled with the existing AWS Regions in Dublin and Frankfurt, and a future one in London, will provide customers with quick, low-latency access to websites, mobile applications, games, SaaS applications, Big Data analysis, Internet of Things applications, and more.
Interxion to expand in Paris, Marseille and Frankfurt
26 September 2016
ne of Europe’s largest data center players, cloud and carrier-neutral colocation provider Interxion, is set to expand its presence in Frankfurt, Paris and Marseille.
The Frankfurt market will benefit from a brand new facility, while the two largest cities in France will see their existing data centers expanded. Due to the cost of the project, Interxion has increased its 2016 annual capital expenditure guidance to €260-€280 million ($292-315m).
A euro vision
“Improving market dynamics in Europe are driving demand for colocation services across multiple segments and multiple countries, and Interxion continues to invest in new projects to expand our footprint in the cities where our customer orders exceed our existing capacity,” David Ruberg, Interxion’s CEO, said.
Ruberg explained the attraction of Frankfurt, saying that the city is the heart of the digital economy in continental Europe.
”Interxion has attracted a wide array of customers, including deployments from all of the leading cloud platforms who have chosen our connectivity rich campus to gain access to more than 200 carriers and ISPs.”
Interxion is set to open FRA10 later this year, and has presold 80 percent of the capacity already. To meet future demand, Interxion will spend €95 million ($107m) on the next facility, FRA11.
When fully built out, FRA11 will total 4,800 sq m (52,000 sq ft) and have 10 MW of customer-available power. The data center will be constructed in four phases, with FRA11.1 and FRA11.2 sheduled for Q4 2017, and FRA11.3 and FRA11.4 for Q2 2018.
As for France, Ruberg said: “The cloud infrastructure rollout is now starting to reach Paris, as cloud providers seek to extend their infrastructure into this major market.”
Interxion previously announced a 1,100 sq m (11,840 sq ft) expansion in Paris, and today revealed another 1,000 sq m (10,763 sq ft) extension. Together, they will deliver 3 MW of customer power, with 100 percent of capacity pre-sold. The €23 million ($25.9m) expansion will be completed by Q2 2017.
“Marseille is developing into a key connectivity hub for Europe, with two new submarine cables landing in our facilities,” Ruberg said. “This is attracting a widening range of international customers, from carriers to content providers to cloud platform providers.”
The Marseille MRS1 facility will see an extra 1,400 sqm (15,000 sq ft) of equipped space and 2 MW of customer power added. Scheduled to open in Q2 2017, it is 50 percent pre-sold and is expected to cost €20 million ($22.5m).
Marseille va-t-elle devenir un hub numérique mondial?
Marseille est un carrefour pour les câbles sous-marins qui partent vers l’Afrique et l’Asie. Le groupe néerlandais Interxion veut y investir 200 millions d’euros pour construire un nouveau data center. Il affirme que la ville deviendra ainsi un hub mondial au même titre que Singapour ou Miami.
Sur une carte, Marseille est la ville parfaite. Des câbles sous-marins déployés sur près de 20.000 kilomètres partent de la ville pour relier l’Europe du Sud et l’Afrique, mais aussi le Proche-Orient et l’Asie. C’est un peu l’équivalent numérique d’un noeud ferroviaire ou autoroutier. Les données sont obligées de transiter par là avant de rejoindre leur destinataire. Interxion, un groupe néerlandais, a bien compris l’intérêt géographique de la ville. Dès 2014, il avait racheté le centre de données que SFR y possédait dans le quartier de la Joliette. Son projet consistait à rénover et à agrandir le site. Pari tenu à tel point que deux ans plus tard, il annonce vouloir 200 millions d’euros supplémentaires pour aménager deux nouveaux data centers à Marseille, qu'il souhaite transformer en "hub" mondial dans le domaine.
Amazon veut une plateforme à Marseille
La demande des clients à Marseille, « nécessite d'ouvrir de nouveaux bâtiments, sécurisés au niveau des prestations et de la connectivité », assure Fabrice Coquio, PDG de la filiale française, Marseille possède "un atout géographique incroyable, au même titre que Miami ou Singapour". "Des start-up américaines comme la plateforme de jeux vidéo Twitch (Amazon) qui souhaitent se connecter au Vietnam veulent une plateforme à Marseille", a détaillé Fabrice Coquio.
Du stockage chimique au stockage numérique
Le port de Marseille Fos a accueilli le projet à bras ouvert, en espérant qu’il permettra le développement de nouvelles entreprises avec des emplois à la clé. L'un des bâtiments que veut aménager Interxion est une ancienne base de sous-marins construite par les Allemands en 1943 dans le port de Marseille. La ville faisait en effet partie du dispositif « Mur du Sud » du IIIème Reich. Le projet allemand prévoyait d'accueillir 30 U Boote. Seules 16 alvéoles permettant d’accueillir 20 sous-marins furent construites. Après la guerre, le hangar servit à divers types de stockages pour l’armée, puis pour des matières chimiques sous douane. Long comme deux terrains de football et revêtu de 5 mètres de béton armé, le bâtiment d’une surface totale de 9.000 m2 est très proche des plages où sort le câble sous-marin, ce qui en fait un emplacement idéal pour un centre de données.
Interxion, deuxième plus gros fournisseur au monde de fermes de données, détient 37 centres en Europe, dans 13 villes (dont Paris et Marseille), et affiche en 2015 un chiffre d'affaires de 386,6 millions d'euros. Le groupe est entré en Bourse à New York (Nyse) en janvier 2011.