Amsterdam as a global data hub

The 72-metre-high building, located at the Amsterdam Science Park, has been nominated for a DCD Award as one of the most beautiful data centres in the world. The Global DCD Awards is an annual showcase of innovation in the data centre industry, and this year the DCD has consolidated its regional awards into a single programme. The winners of the 11th annual edition of the awards will be announced at a festive ceremony in London on 7 December.

The tower, designed by Amsterdam's Rosbach Architects, is one of the fifteen data centres in the race for the title of "most beautiful data centre in the world." The company, Digital Realty, took over the data centre shortly after its completion in 2016, and renamed it into the Amsterdam Data Tower.

The 72-metre-high building has 5,000 square metres of data space spread across 13 floors. Its unique triangular shapes were created to blend in with the local surroundings, and the perforated panels on the facade keep the building cool. Beyond architecture, the tower also innovates in terms of sustainability. The entire facade is wrapped in special foil that helps maintain the correct environment, and the thick roof keeps out moisture in both summer and winter. The centre requires less cooling and less equipment, making it easier to control the relative humidity on the data floors. Groundwater is used for cooling during the summer, and in the colder months the outside air is used, which keeps energy consumption to a minimum. Earlier this year, the Amsterdam Data Tower won another prestigious award, the European Data Centre Solutions Award for New Design.

Tech giants are choosing the Netherlands

The Amsterdam Data Tower is in good company, with many key global players in the digital space such as Microsoft, Cisco, Tata, Infosys, Huawei, Oracle, Intel, IBM, Verizon, and Google all choosing the Netherlands for their data activities. Amsterdam Science Park is home to more than 150 network hubs, including AMS-IX (the largest data transport hub in the world) and NL-IX. From the Amsterdam Science Park in particular, 80% of all European consumers can be reached within 50 milliseconds.