Colt DCS aims to become top five player in Paris data centre market with expansion

The leading players have already announced extensive expansion plans for the Paris metro and Colt is showing that it’s no different when it comes to addressing a booming market.

Colt Data Centre Services (DCS) is adding an additional 6.9MW of capacity to its flagship data centre in Paris. It says the expansion is in direct response to demand from existing customers.

Construction has already commenced and is due to be delivered in H1 2019. Once delivered, it will bring the total capacity built within a 24 month period at the facility to 9.4MW. In addition to this capacity, further expansion is planned within the next 18 months that will see a further 12MW added to the site, bringing the total data centre capacity to 23.9MW of IT power.

Due to the successful take up (9.4MW) among customers and the planned investment in further capacity, Colt DCS’ market share will “vastly increase”, it said, with it targeting a position in the top five providers in the Paris market.

Detlef Spang, CEO at Colt DCS, said: “As we have seen in recent market reports, Paris business is booming and there is a real demand from the international cloud service providers to have a presence in Paris. Our Les Ulis facility is a prime facility due to its size and location.”

Colt said Paris has seen a total uptake of 51MW of capacity in Q2 this year, its most successful quarter in almost a decade, and it currently has the highest level of absorption in the FLAP markets.

In the first part of 2018, Microsoft opened three data centres in Paris and one in Marseilles.

Equinix also plans to open its first International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre in Paris dedicated to its leading cloud customers in 2019. This will be PA8 IBX, its eighth facility in the Paris metro.

Interxion has earmarked €44m in capital expenditure for extra white space at its Paris7 facility, adding 4MW of critical power. The programme also includes the upgrade of the data centre’s existing power infrastructure and the overall project is targeted for completion in 1Q 2019.

Colt DCS has 24 carrier-neutral data centres across Europe and Asia.