Increasing demand for data centres in the Amsterdam Area

In its press statement, the company announced that construction in Hoofddorp will begin in the fourth quarter of 2013 and that it expects the first two data halls to be delivered mid 2014. Bernard Geoghegan, Managing Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa of Digital Realty, noted: “Amsterdam is ideally located at the heart of the demand we are seeing for today’s networked data centre requirements across Europe. Feedback from enterprises indicates that a 'well-connected' data centre is critical to their businesses. Our state-of-the-art Hoofddorp facility will provide an ecosystem unrivalled in terms of connectivity to support companies of all sizes in Amsterdam.”

Arthur van Dijk, the Alderperson for Economic Development in Haarlemmermeer, said: “We are proud that Digital Realty has selected De President as the site for its new data centre. Thanks to excellent fibre accessibility, it is a prime location and the facility will benefit businesses not just in the local area, but also the entire Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.”

An international hotspot for data centres

The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is a true hotspot for data centres. 2013 was the third consecutive year in which there was a record uptake of data centres in the city. According to a report by real estate consultants CB Richard Ellis, which looked at the data centre market in Europe, the volume of data centres in Amsterdam is continuing to outperform many larger European locations.

Crucial to Amsterdam's success in the data centre sector is the city's position as a connectivity hub. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is not only extremely well connected geographically but also digitally, thanks to innovative projects such as the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX).

Examples of parties that have established new data centres in the area in the last few years include Equinix, Telecity, Interxion and Evoswitch. All in, co-location space in the Dutch capital increased by 18.3% in 2012, which was the highest of the Tier 1 markets.