Amsterdam a global digital gateway
The data centre company Equinix announced on 12 July that it will be opening a new data centre on its existing campus at the Amsterdam Science Park. Equinix will invest $113 million in the first phase of development for this new data centre, which will be called AM4. Upon completion, the facility will represent a total investment of $189 million. The building and the first phase are expected to be completed and operational by the second quarter of 2017.
Equinix already operates several data centre campuses in Amsterdam, and this new centre will add capacity to meet growing demand. Equinix currently operates more than 145 data centres worldwide.
Eric Schwartz, the EMEA president of Equinix, affirmed Amsterdam’s role as a global data hub. "As one of the most pivotal connection points in the world,” he said, “Amsterdam continues to play a significant role in facilitating the flow of data that supports the digital economy.”
Amsterdam has long been a key digital gateway, as it allows businesses to reach 80% of Europe within 50 milliseconds. This makes the city an ideal market for enterprises to locate their IT infrastructure.
The Equinix data centres in Amsterdam also provide proximity to the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) and the Neutral Internet Exchange (NL-ix), two of the largest internet exchanges in the world.
Amsterdam Science Park
Amsterdam Science Park, the birthplace of the European internet, remains an attractive location for new data centres like these. It is also home to many world-class research institutes, universities, and more than 130 companies. An example is QuSoft, the first research centre dedicated to quantum software, which opened in 2015. The facilities and centres collectively strengthen the position of Amsterdam in world-class science, which the city has been actively encouraging for decades.