Last month I reported that a neighborhood group in Paris, Urbaxion '93, had successfully shut down operations of Interxion's PAR7 data center. An administrative court revoked the data center's operating license after a hearing with the neighbors.
A second hearing, however, allowed the data center to keep operating and apply for a new operation permit. The decision to allow the continued operation was heavily influenced by a 2014 study that showed the data center operating under the established noise guidelines for the facility and that the initial environmental impact fell within the guidelines established for the initial approval of the facility. An assessment performed by the Public Inspection Body in Paris determined that there was no serious threat to the environment or public safety presented by the data center.
Interxion took the court ruling in stride pointing out that they had always worked within the guidelines provided for the safe and efficient operation of their data center. They also believe that their data center is a significant contributor to the economic engine driving growth in the region and that continued operation of the PAR7 data center meets the growing needs of their customer base and the digital infrastructure in France.