This firm has eight data centres across Europe, all with bulletproof glass, hand scans, air locks and enough generators to power a small town. Its 250 customers include government departments. “Basically, we baby-sit other people’s hardware,” says Guy Willner, who founded IXEurope in 1998 after raising £7m from European Acquisition Capital. The company has since raised a further £66m from Bank of America, JP Morgan and EAC. It still makes significant losses, but sales have grown 117% a year from £1.6m in 2000 to £7.8m in 2002.
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