Home to the most advanced players in the field
The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area in particular stands out as a hotspot for data centres. Home to the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), which is one of the largest data centres in the world, the Amsterdam Area provides ICT giants such as Interxion, IBM and Amazon with a perfect base, according to the Financial Times’ fDi Magazine.
Founded in California in 1998, Equinix operates two state-of-the-art International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres in Amsterdam and is currently building a third. In fDi Magazine, Michiel Eielts, managing director of Equinix Netherlands, elaborates on the choice of Amsterdam, saying: “We chose the Netherlands because of its central geographical location, its superb infrastructure and its business-friendly tax structure. In addition, the presence of AMS-IX, the largest internet exchange in Europe, makes Amsterdam an important hub for the networks serving the continent.
Record take-up of data centres
Equinix is one of the many companies that choose to operate their data centres in the Amsterdam Area. More and more companies are pulled to the region each year. According to real estate consultancy CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), Amsterdam was the top performing European location in the data centre market in 2014, with data centres in Amsterdam recording a record take-up. CBRE has also stated that Amsterdam is the undisputed leader in Europe with a market share of almost 34 per cent. Crucial to Amsterdam’s success in the data centre sector is the city’s position as a connectivity hub.
Appealing to the ICT sector
Importantly for the data centre industry, the Amsterdam Area is populated by a healthy balance of telecommunications and technology companies. The advantageous tax climate and excellent digital infrastructure attracts major international ICT companies to the region, which is fast becoming the software and ICT capital of Europe.