Global platform of high-performance data centres
Equinix connects businesses with partners and customers around the world through a global platform of high-performance data centres. The company was founded in 1998 in Redwood City, California. Its flagship platform, Platform Equinix, connects more than 4,000 enterprises, cloud, digital content and financial companies, including more than 680 network service providers, to help them grow their businesses, improve application performance and protect their vital digital assets.
Equinix operates in 38 strategic markets across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. It entered the Dutch market by acquiring Virtu Secure Webservices, a Dutch company based in Enschede, in 2008. Today, the company operates two state-of-the-art International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres in Amsterdam, as well as additional facilities in Zwolle and Enschede. “We chose the Netherlands because of its central geographical location, its superb infrastructure and its business-friendly tax structure,” says Michiel Eielts, managing director of Equinix Netherlands. “In addition, the presence of AMS-IX, the largest internet exchange in Europe, makes Amsterdam an important hub for the networks serving the continent.”
Expanding the Dutch presence
Another major reason that Equinix continues to expand its presence in the Netherlands is the development of, and government support for, alternative energy sources and eco-efficiency efforts. “We have been focused on a number of green initiatives worldwide, but we have really pushed the envelope in the Netherlands, utilising a good percentage of our power from alternative sources such as wind,” says Eielts. “The Dutch government is also helping us grow our business through its policies.” In the Netherlands, the role of the outsourced data centre has become even more important as the Dutch government increases focus on reducing CO2 emissions. Only specialist providers can realistically keep track with and implement the latest ‘green’ technologies such as free cooling and hot aisle/cold-aisle configurations, and thus, the role of data centre management companies such as Equinix continues to grow in importance.
And Equinix’s Dutch presence will continue to grow in the future. In June of 2011, the company announced its intention to build a third data centre in Amsterdam, located in the Amsterdam Science Park, one of the most carrier-dense locations in Europe. The first phase of the third centre, dubbed AM3, is expected to be completed in third quarter of 2012, adding approximately 1,400 cabinet equivalents. When the second and final phase is completed, the IBX will house approximately 2,800 cabinet equivalents, or a total of about 6,400 square meters (69,000 square feet) of customer floor space.
This further expansion speaks volumes about the importance of Amsterdam as a key telecommunications hub in Europe. The company also operates data centres in Enschede (13,000 square feet) and Zwolle (5,400 square feet).
Strong demand in Amsterdam
“Amsterdam is an important location for our target customers, including network service providers, digital content providers, financial services companies and enterprises, and we see significant demand from them,” says Eielts. “Demand for this location from both local and international customers has always been very strong.”
“As an increasing number of multinational corporations are selecting the Netherlands as a base for serving the European market, the region has become a strategic market for premium data centre and interconnection services,” concludes Eielts. “And demand for high specification co-location space is growing, particularly as firms struggle to justify the capital expense of building their own facilities. We anticipate continued growth for Equinix in the Netherlands.”