13 juin 2006
IXEurope secures its largest London datacentre
IXEurope plc, one of Europe's largest and fastest growing datacentre outsourcers, has signed lease and construction agreements to build a new datacentre in the West of London. The site will initially provide a gross area of 6,500m2 in an investment project of around �15 million, most of which will be spent over the next 24 months.
The �London4' facility will be IXEurope's largest in London to date and is a key part of the Group's strategy to buy or build new datacentres across Europe in response to significant customer demand, as stated when it listed on AIM in April 2006.
The project entails the construction of a specially built shell to accommodate two floors of approximately 6,500m2 each and the actual fit out of one floor initially. The first fitted-out floor, which will deliver around 5,000m2 of net space, will be phased to meet customer demand. It is expected to be in use during the first half of 2007. Each floor is approximately 25% larger than the London2 IXDatacentre situated near Heathrow.
The �15 million funding for the building shell and first floor fit-out is expected to be through a combination of debt finance and cash. IXEurope will separately fit out the second floor in due course, subject to customer demand.
Guy Willner, Chief Executive of IXEurope said:
"The requirement to fund this expansion was a significant element in our decision to float earlier this year. This development, coming in addition to our recent datacentre acquisitions in Park Royal (West London), Munich and Frankfurt, reinforces our position as a leading provider of enterprise datacentre services in Europe and as Europe's fastest growing datacentre services company.
“We have successfully placed major anchor customers in each of the three new IXDatacentres and given the current traction of our UK operation, we are confident of a similar result when we open London4 IXDatacentre in H1 2007.
“Whilst traditionally focused on hosting IT infrastructure for, and providing Internet exchange services to, the Internet and telecoms sector, the market continues to broaden to cover the growing hosting and interconnection needs of the whole enterprise sector. This is driving increased demand for highly specified datacentre capacity from providers with significant operating history, such as IXEurope.
“We see the two markets - web and mainstream enterprise - developing in parallel within our customer base in the coming months, with financial services leading the enterprise segment.”
This new IXDatacentre is expected to be directly linked to the Group's three existing London area IXDatacentres through a diverse fibre optic ring, allowing customers to access the wide range of network service providers at each facility and to enable the provisioning of multiple IT platforms.
The initial agreements with the landlord and power company provide for the full construction and ongoing lease of the building shell prior to a full fit-out. The agreement also provides for the initial provision of 8Megawatts of power to site through diverse routes, with an agreed-price option to upgrade to 24Megawatts when required.
The commencement of construction of London4 follows on from recent datacentre acquisitions during 2005, comprising Frankfurt2 (38,000m2 gross area and 6000m2 initial net datacentre capacity), London3 (2,700m2 net datacentre capacity) and more recently in 2006 Munich1 (11,600m2 gross and 4,600m2 net datacentre capacity).
IXEurope today has in excess of 21,400m2 net datacentre space available providing some of Europe's most highly specified datacentres. In bringing on line the first floor of the London4 facility in 2007, IXEurope will increase capacity by approximately 23%.
For further details
Gui Willner, Chief Executive
Karen Bach, Chief Financial Officer
020 7689 1400
Adrian Duffield/Ben Way
020 7457 2020
IXEurope is one of Europe's fastest growing providers of datacentre services. Its principal activities include primary datacentre services, connectivity services and business continuity solutions.
IXEurope works with enterprise and internet customers to provide resilient datacentre infrastructure to house their IT systems far more cost-effectively than through in-house provision. The benefits include optimised IT performance, improved systems availability and reduced corporate risk through improved regulatory compliance. By continually focusing on quality, IXEurope also gives clients exceptional service levels and on-site access to a high level of technical expertise.
With award winning datacentre facilities in key European cities, broad technology expertise and a proven track record, IXEurope provides solutions that give customers the confidence that their operations are protected. The Company has over 400 customers in the enterprise, internet and networking markets including Merrill Lynch, Google, Network Rail and France Telecom.
Founded in 1998, IXEurope was listed on the London Stock Exchange in April 2006.
For more information please visit the website at www.ixeurope.com
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