Interxion, a Digital Realty company has begun construction of a third data center in Brussels, Belgium, the first phase is expected to deliver about 1,280 square meters of data center space.

The new data center is codenamed BRU3 and located adjacent to the existing facilities on the company’s data center campus in Brussels. BRU3 is designed to leverage the network connectivity available at the existing data centers on the campus, and the facility further represents a strategic expansion of the roadmap for Digital Realty’s global infrastructure solution, PlatformDIGITAL® in Belgium.

“BRU3 meets the requirements of both our local and global multinational enterprise customers, providing access to dense network connectivity, available power and interconnectivity with other strategic European locations,” said Dirk van de Geer, Managing Director, Interxion Belgium.

“We are pleased to support local and global service providers with this additional data center to enable them to seamlessly expand their services via PlatformDIGITAL®.”

According to Interxion, the BRU3 facility will participate in a new sustainable district heating project that was launched in Zaventem, a Belgian municipality in the province of Flemish Brabant, which will use excess heat generated by the data center to warm local households.

“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,” said Jeff Tapley, Joint Managing Director EMEA, Interxion.

“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 percent 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. Consequently, enterprises are under increasing pressure to deliver their services at scale to often geographically dispersed points of business presence, quickly and efficiently.”

As scheduled, the first phase of the new Belgium data center is expected to be completed in Q4 2021. Simultaneously, Interxion is also constructing its third data center in Denmark as announced in December 2020.