Highlights / Key Facts
The European Commission'sDigital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 2017 ranks the Netherlandsas the 4th most advanced digital economy in the EU, and the Netherlandsalso ranks 4th on the Global Competitiveness Index 2016-2017 (WEF). Digital infrastructure and interconnection capacity facilitates the flow of global data in and out of this market which opens up new business opportunities across markets and drives the larger digital economy. The Netherlandshas connections to more than 150 global submarine cables networks and Equinixdata centers in Amsterdamrepresent one of the densest network concentrations in the world. This massive amount of network connectivity combined with the latest advancements in data center technology provides Dutch businesses with significant choice when strategizing future IT deployments. For this reason, multinationals looking to expand into Europealso consider Amsterdama top destination, as it locating there facilitates connectivity to 80 percent of Europewithin 50 milliseconds to maximize performance.
Equinixoperates multiple Amsterdamdata center campuses and the addition of AM4 further increases capacity to meet growing demand for hybrid cloud, interconnection and connectivity to business ecosystems across a number of vertical markets and internet exchanges. High connectivity makes Amsterdam Science Parkan attractive location and cloud hotspot in Europe, which handles approximately 38 percent of the Dutch data traffic, making it the second-largest data route in the Netherlands.
- The initial phase of AM4 includes space for 1,555 cabinets and is planned to have four expansion phases. At full build the vertical facility will represent a total investment of
$189 millionand provide 4,200 cabinets across eight floors with more than 125,000 gross square feet (11,500 square meters) of data center space. Amsterdamis considered the digital gateway to Europe and Equinix Amsterdam has more than 700 customers, providing connections to over 150 network service providers and access to an established cloud ecosystem which includes leading CSPs such as AWS, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Office365, Oracle, and IBM Softlayer. This broad choice of cloud options enable businesses to flexibly create a multi-cloud environment to meet their changing IT needs. Additionally, Equinixbrings together buyers and sellers of cloud services via the EquinixCloud Exchange™ in more than 20 markets globally including Amsterdam. Equinixhas a long-term goal of using 100 percent clean and renewable energy for its global platform and continues to make advancements in the way it designs, builds and operates its data centers with high energy efficiency standards. For example, Equinix's Amsterdamdata centers at Science Parkrealize significant energy savings and reduction in their CO2 footprint using an in-ground Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage, instead of mechanical cooling, and has one of the lowest operating PUE's in the retail colocation sector.
Penny Jones, senior analyst, European Services at 451 Research:
"With its connectivity to continental
Europeas well Londonand the Nordics, Amsterdamhas become a key hub for cloud and other service providers to offer enterprise interconnection. European enterprises are starting to realize their current network architecture is no longer optimal for digital transformation as they journey to the cloud. A deployment in a network-dense interconnection-oriented facility such as that being offered in Amsterdamcould be a viable option to support their digital transformation." Nina Tellegen, director, Amsterdam Economic Board:
The Netherlandsis one of the leading drivers of data centers in Europe. Thanks to its excellent connectivity, Amsterdamis the world's largest internet hub, making the digital sector one of the three main ports, next to Schipholand the port of Rotterdam. Equinix' new data center AM4 ensures that Amsterdamremains the global internet hub and that European organizations are supported in their digital transformation." Eric Schwartz, president EMEA, Equinix:
Amsterdamhas long been a key digital gateway and a significant piece of Equinix'sglobal data center footprint. Businesses are increasingly looking for network-rich locations that have cloud connectivity but are also located in close proximity to end users. By moving IT to these sort of environments, businesses create a digital edge that increases performance and end-user experience, but also allows them to adopt to meet future needs. The addition of AM4 gives these businesses yet another way to interconnect in this key market"
New Amsterdam Data Center, a New Path to the Digital Edge [blog]
- Equinix AM4 launch [video]
- Interconnection 101 by
451 Research[analyst report]
- Equinix Amsterdam data centers [website]
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from expectations discussed in such forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, the challenges of acquiring, operating and constructing IBX centers and developing, deploying and delivering
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