Data centre hub
Home to the largest data transport hub in the world (AMS-IX
), the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area has one of the most impressive digital infrastructures in Europe. As a result, about one third of European data centres (including Interxion and Equinix) are located in the Amsterdam Area. In recent years there has been a record uptake of data centres in the region, outperforming many larger European locations. Interxion for instance operates seven data centres in the Amsterdam Area.
Appealing to the ICT sector
There is a healthy balance of telecommunications and technology companies in the Amsterdam Area – crucial for the data centre industry. The advantageous tax climate and excellent digital infrastructure attract major international ICT companies to the region, which is fast becoming the software and ICT capital of Europe. More than 50% of all Forbes Global 2000 companies active in the ICT sector have an office in the Amsterdam Area.
In a press statement
, Stijn Grove, managing director of the DDA, comments: “The Dutch data centre sector has matured. We need our own organisation to maintain what we have built up and to grow stronger as we face the future together. Furthermore, there was a need for one clearly visible representative in the Netherlands of the data centre sector that could engage in constructive interaction with stakeholders and the government. This cooperation allows us to achieve tangible results faster and to make sure that our economically and socially significant sector is given the attention it deserves.”