Co-location take-up almost doubled
According to a report by the real estate consultancy CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), which looks at the data centre market in Europe, the co-location take-up in Amsterdam was 22.3MW, representing a 97% increase on 2013. The report
, titled “European Data Center MarketView”, states that the high demand for co-location data centre services in Amsterdam was mainly driven by large transactions. Last year, Interxion, a Dutch provider of co-location, data centre and managed service solutions, opened a new data centre (AMS-7) in Amsterdam. This significantly contributed to the increase in supply that made the growth in take-up possible.
According to CBRE, Amsterdam is the undisputed leader in Europe with a market share of almost 34%. Crucial to Amsterdam's success in the data centre sector is the city's position as a connectivity hub. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is extremely well connected – not only geographically but also digitally, thanks to innovative projects such as the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX)
. AMS-IX 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 data centre industry, 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.
Since the market fundamentals responsible for the record take-up remain, CBRE expects that Amsterdam is set for another strong year in 2015.