The green giant data center campus in Sines is set to welcome the largest neutral interconnection ecosystem on the planet
SINES, PORTUGAL – September 21, 2023 – Start Campus, the company responsible for the development of 100% green energy ecosystems, announces that its SINES, Portugal location will soon be home to DE-CIX, the world’s leading Internet Exchange (IX) operator. DE-CIX, also home to the largest carrier and data center neutral interconnection ecosystem on the planet, is expanding its Southern Europe IX footprint with a new Point of Presence (PoP) at Start Campus’s SINES Project, approximately 100 km from Lisbon, Portugal.
Start Campus’s 100% sustainable data center campus, powered by 24×7 renewable energy facilities, will be the site of a future access point for DE-CIX Lisbon, with direct connectivity to other DE-CIX IXs in Southern Europe, such as Madrid, Barcelona, and Marseille. When services are live in 2024, SINES will emerge as a key intercontinental connectivity hub and an important exchange point for data traffic going to and from Europe, North America, South America, and Africa. Sines is uniquely positioned at Europe’s Southwestern edge, and multiple subsea providers plan to land their systems at Start Campus’s SINES Project, including EllaLink, which interconnects Europe, South America, and Africa.
“We are thrilled to welcome DE-CIX to Start Campus and to offer our customers an industry-leading IX solution that will keep local traffic local while routing data more efficiently across DE-CIX’s interconnected footprint, which spans multiple metro regions, continents, and hundreds of data centers,” comments Fabiola Bordino, Head of Sustainability, Communication and Marketing at Start Campus. “As we build the industry’s first 100% sustainable, 24×7 renewable energy powered data center campus, companies like DE-CIX are critical. Enabling ease of interconnection and reach exemplifies our mission of creating a robust digital ecosystem to benefit the industry and our local market.”
“DE-CIX is excited to help herald in a new era of connectivity in Sines, Portugal with Start Campus’s SINES project,” adds Theresa Bobis, Regional Director, Southern Europe at DE-CIX. “Sines is set to be home to multiple subsea systems interconnecting and serving Southern Europe, coupled with the enhanced proximity and reach to Africa and other European markets, DE-CIX is excited to expand its Southern Europe footprint to Sines, fortifying connectivity for Portugal and beyond.”
DE-CIX offers interconnection services in close to 50 metro markets in Europe, Africa, North America, the Middle East, and Asia. Accessible from data centers in over 600 cities worldwide, DE-CIX interconnects thousands of network operators (carriers), Internet service providers (ISPs), content providers, and enterprise networks from over 100 countries and offers peering cloud and interconnection services. DE-CIX in Frankfurt, Germany, is one of the largest Internet Exchanges in the world, with a data volume of almost 34 Exabytes per year (as of 2022) and close to 1,100 connected networks.
Start Campus is dedicated to utilizing strategic locations to enable gateway connectivity. Their partnership with DE-CIX marks an important step in bringing their vision of sustainably supported data center ecosystems to life, with ocean water cooling systems, high-voltage power grids, and high-capacity international fiber optic cables ready to channel IX traffic by late 2023.
For more information about DE-CIX, visit www.de-cix.net.
For more information about Start Campus, visit www.startcampus.pt.
About Start Campus
Start Campus is responsible for the development of the SINES Project, a Hyperscaler data center campus with a capacity of up to 495 MW in Sines, an investment of up to €3.5 billion. It will be one of the largest data center campuses in Europe and meets the growing demand from large international technology companies. It will create up to 1,200 direct highly skilled jobs and 8,000 indirect jobs by 2028. It is located in Sines and will benefit from all the strategic advantages such as seawater cooling systems, access to the high voltage electrical grid, connectivity through the connection to high capacity international networks of fiber optic cables with North America, Africa and South America. SINES Project will be one of the largest data center ecosystems with 100% green energy at competitive prices in a premium location in Europe, which is the perfect gateway to Europe and the world. To learn more about Start Campus, visit www.startcampus.pt.
DE-CIX (German Commercial Internet Exchange) is the world’s leading operator of Internet Exchanges (IXs). DE-CIX offers its interconnection services in close to 50 metro-markets in Europe, Africa, North America, the Middle East, and Asia. Accessible from data centers in over 600 cities world-wide, DE-CIX interconnects thousands of network operators (carriers), Internet service providers (ISPs), content providers and enterprise networks from more than 100 countries, and offers peering, cloud, and interconnection services. DE-CIX in Frankfurt, Germany, is one of the largest Internet Exchanges in the world, with a data volume of almost 34 Exabytes per year (as of 2022) and close to 1,100 connected networks. More than 200 colleagues from over 30 different nations form the foundation of the DE-CIX success story in Germany and around the world. Since the beginning of the commercial Internet, DE-CIX has had a decisive influence — in a range of leading global bodies, such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) — in codifying guiding principles for the Internet of the present and the future. As the operator of critical IT infrastructure, DE-CIX bears a great responsibility for the seamless, fast, and secure data exchange between people, enterprises, and organizations at its locations around the globe. Further information at www.de-cix.net.