Two new data centres arrive in Amsterdam

Construction on's flagship data centre in Amsterdam, known as AMS01, has officially begun. The facility, which will also include office space for customers, is expected to be operational by the spring of 2017. AMS01 will be Amsterdam's most energy and cost-efficient commercial data centre, with very low power consumption. It will run entirely on green power from renewable resources, which reduces the environmental footprint to a minimum.

Likewise, the Caransa Groep is developing a 100,000 square metre data centre in Amsterdam's Westelijk Havengebied. The plans are also very much in line with Amsterdam’s climate goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% in 2025, in part by focusing on sustainable data. The construction of their new data centre in the Westelijk Havengebied is due to begin at the end of 2017. The Caransa Groep also recently completed the Amsterdam Data Tower, a 72-metre-high tower at the Amsterdam Science Park with more than 5,000 square metres of space.

Global data hub

Thanks to its excellent connectivity, Amsterdam is one of the most important data centre hubs in Europe, and the data centre industry is an increasingly important driver of the digital economy in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. The city’s Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), for example, is the biggest internet node in the world. With about one third of all European data centres now located in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, the region outperforms many larger European locations. American tech giant Oracle recently opened a large sales office in Amsterdam for their cloud services, and companies such as Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Huawei, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and also provide their services in Europe from dozens of major Dutch data centres.