When ranked according to market share, the Netherlands ranks fourth. In the paper
, Borderstep writes that Germany has the most data centres, but that the Netherlands is rapidly increasing its market share. According to the paper, “the increase of data centre capacity – by more than 17% – was particularly marked in the Netherlands.”
In 2014, Amsterdam recorded a record take-up of data centres. According to a report
by the real estate consultancy CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), which looks at the data centre market in Europe, the co-location take-up in Amsterdam was 22.3MW, representing a 97% increase on 2013. Last year, Interxion, a Dutch provider of co-location, data centre and managed service solutions, opened a new data centre (AMS-7) in Amsterdam, which has contributed significantly to the increase in supply that made the growth in take-up possible.
Emphasis on saving energy
According to the Borderstep paper, some of the reasons for the attractiveness of the Netherlands as data centre location are moderate electricity costs for data centres and excellent connectivity. Amsterdam has established itself as a green and connected capital for data centres because of the strict rules it imposes on the power usage efficiency (PUE) of data centres. The city of Amsterdam has established a maximum of a data centre PUE ratio of 1.3. This results in more sustainable data centres that consume less energy than average.
Also crucial to Amsterdam's success in the data centre sector is the city's position as a connectivity hub. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is extremely well connected – not only geographically but also digitally, thanks to innovative projects such as the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX)
. AMS-IX is one of the world's largest digital exchange platforms and is renowned for its reliability, quality and low costs.