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Phocea DC raises £4.3m for Marseille data centre

Written by Tue 9 Jan 2024

French data centre operator, Phocea DC, has raised £4.3 million ($5.4 million) to develop a new data centre in Marseille, France.

Funded by Reflexion Capital, the new PHOCEA DC data centre will offer 1.2MW of capacity over 1,700sqm. The site intends to compete with hyperscalers currently serving Google (Alphabet), Apple, Facebook (Meta), Amazon, and Microsoft (GAFAM).

“Marseille is an interconnection node, close to the submarine cables and real data highways. The big data players have understood this by installing centres that reach tens of megawatts to serve GAFAM in particular,” said Damien Desanti, CEO and founder at Phocea DC to Maddyness. 

Phocea DC said it wishes to restore sovereignty to safeguarding data. The company added the site will combine both reliability and efficiency to meet the demands of its users. 

“Our future customers will be local authorities, companies who want a sovereign alternative, IT service providers but also French and international operators wishing to rely on several sites,” added Desanti.

The new data centre will offer a range of services, including colocation solutions, private suites, and dedicated rooms. The data centre will also provide ultra-high density and immersive cooling options, which Phocea DC highlighted as ideal for high-performance computing and artificial intelligence applications.

Phocea DC said it is dedicated to aligning with future European standards, aiming for carbon neutrality in data centres by 2030. The site will target a long-term Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.2 and is exploring hydrogen as an alternative to oil-fired generators for reduced CO2 impact, as noted in a LinkedIn post by the CEO of Reflexion, Nicholas Meunier. 

“In our pool of investors, some have entered into the capital of other startups which could contribute to improving the efficiency of the site in the future and to the second tranche of equipment,” said Desanti.

The new Phocea DC data centre in Marseille is set to launch at the end of 2024.

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Written by Tue 9 Jan 2024

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