Expanding data centre capacity around Amsterdam
Several specialised Dutch media outlets such as Telecompaper reported the news that the company has agreed to extend and expand the lease of their current property at Schiphol-Rijk. The fact that Juniper Networks is choosing to grow its data centre capacity in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area reflects the region’s success in the thriving data centre sector. Independent experts, such as real estate consultants CB Richard Ellis, have registered a record uptake of data centres in Amsterdam. No official numbers for 2013 have yet been confirmed, but it is expected that the Amsterdam Area has remained a popular location for data centres. Recently, Interxion, a Dutch provider of co-location, data centre and managed service solutions, also announced that it plans to open a seventh data centre in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Internet Exchange continues to drive business
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). This is one of the world's largest digital exchange platforms and is renowned for its reliability, quality and low costs.
Appealing to the ICT sector
Importantly for the ICT sector, the Amsterdam Area is populated by a healthy balance of telecommunications and technology companies. The advantageous tax climate and excellent digital infrastructure attracts major international ICT companies to the region, which is fast becoming the software and ICT capital of Europe. As such, more than 50% of all Forbes Global 2000 companies active in the ICT sector have an office in the Amsterdam Area.