Well-connected country

The acquisition was announced in a press statement. Bruno Lopez, CEO of Keppel Data Centres and Co-Fund Manager of Securus Fund, noted, “Securus Fund’s investment in the ADC is a natural choice as the Netherlands is one of the most well-connected countries in Europe. The availability and resiliency of the power supply also add to the advantages of owning a data centre in the Netherlands. Post this acquisition, Keppel Data Centres and Securus Fund, now has a combined portfolio of eight high quality data centres in Europe and Asia Pacific. Leveraging this excellent track record, we will continue to extend our presence in these key markets.”

Record uptake of data centres in Amsterdam

The Amsterdam Area is a true hotspot for data centres. For the third consecutive year, there was a record uptake of data centres in Amsterdam in 2012. 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). This is one of the world’s largest digital exchange platforms and is renowned for its reliability, quality and low costs.

Bright future

In 2013, the Amsterdam Area is likely to remain a popular destination to establish data centres. CBRE notes that in spite of the record increase in the supply of data centre capacity in Amsterdam, the vacancy level has not increased significantly (currently 13.23%). This represents a potential rate of absorption of less than two years given the current rate of demand and will serve to encourage further expansion.