Data centre expansion at AMS2
According to DigitalOcean the new data centre is located at AMS2 and is the company’s second in Amsterdam. It also expects to expand further in the future. DigitalOcean’s move to set up a new data centre in Amsterdam reflects the immense popularity of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area as a location for data centres. According to real estate consultants CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) there was a record uptake of data centres in Amsterdam in 2012.
Examples of experienced parties that set up new data centres last year include Equinix, Telecity, Interxion and Evoswitch. All in, co-location space in the Dutch capital increased by 18.3% over the year, which was the highest of the Tier 1 markets.
A connectivity hub
Crucial to Amsterdam's success in the data centre sector is the city's position as a connectivity hub. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is not only extremely well connected geographically but also digitally, thanks to innovative projects such as the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX). This is one of the world's largest digital exchange platforms and is renowned for its reliability, quality and low costs.
In 2014, the Amsterdam Area is likely to remain a popular destination to establish data centres. CBRE also notes that in spite of the record increase in the supply of data centre capacity in Amsterdam, the vacancy level has not increased significantly (currently 13.23%). This represents a potential rate of absorption of less than two years given the current rate of demand and will serve to encourage further expansion.