A sustainable datacenter ecosystem 

The Schiphol Area Development Company (SADC) and the Green IT Amsterdam foundation recently announced a new partnership to work on expanding the data centre capacity around Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. They are also considering a 'Green Datacenter Campus' at the Schiphol Trade Park. 

This unique collaboration will create an efficient, and above all sustainable, data centre ecosystem. They will focus on using renewable energy and heat recycling, while meeting the growing demand for data hosting space in the Amsterdam area.

Data driving the economy

“More and more, data streams are the drivers of the economy,” said SADC director Jeanet van Antwerpen (Dutch link). “And this means that a Green Datacenter Campus fits well with the SADC’s aspirations.”

According to Green IT Amsterdam director Jaak Vlasveld, both partners bring a lot to the table. “The participants of Green IT Amsterdam know a lot about sustainable data centres, and SADC is leader in sustainable development,” he said. “So we are proud to being these two domains together for the first time, and to strengthen Amsterdam's role as a smart city with green data centre hotspots.”

The SADC develops business locations along Amsterdam’s WESTAS logistics corridor, and its shareholders include the Schiphol Group, the municipalities of Amsterdam and Haarlemmermeer, and the province of Noord-Holland. Green IT Amsterdam is a consortium of companies and research institutes that focus on sustainable data centres and smart energy systems, and they test out the latest technologies in an open platform.

Amsterdam region as a datacenter hub

Thanks to its excellent connectivity, Amsterdam is already a popular location for data centres, and the data centre industry is an increasingly important driver of the digital economy in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. Many international companies are choosing Amsterdam for their cloud-based services and data centres. American tech giant Oracle recently opened a large sales office in Amsterdam for their cloud services, and companies such as Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Booking.com also provide their services in Europe from dozens of major Dutch data centres.