The Metro2C Alliance is aiming to cement Ireland’s position as a gateway for connecting US technology firms to Europe and beyond.
The Alliance, a collaboration of European connectivity providers, data center operators and Internet Exchanges established by subsea network operator Sea Fibre Networks, is opening the door to two Irish data centers by adding Interxion Ireland to its list of members.
Interxion Ireland joins firms including Hutchison Global Communications, Kcom, and SSE Telecoms, and provides another connectivity option for the group, which currently operates links between Ireland, the UK, France, the Netherlands, Germany, and Asia Pacific.
Tanya Duncan, managing director of Interxion Ireland, says joining the Alliance is a key step in “ensuring that Ireland is at the forefront of the digital landscape in Europe.”
The agreement will provide secure data storage and cloud services to companies seeking to expand in Ireland, and brings 3,500 square meters of data center space to the Alliance’s network.
Diane Hodnett, chief executive of Sea Fibre Networks, says such capabilities are “vital for delivering content such as gaming and video streaming.”