One of the most advanced digital infrastructures in EuropeData centres are crucial enablers of the digital economy and underpin a wide range of activities across government, business and society. As such, they form an important part of a nation’s critical infrastructure.
Amsterdam’s AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) is the largest data transport hub in the world, and as a result, there has been a steep increase in the number of data centre being built nearby.
With about one third of all European data centres now located in the Amsterdam Area, Amsterdam is outperforming many larger European locations such as London, Paris and Frankfurt.
The world’s leading digital players choose the Netherlands
The Netherlands has one of the most advanced data centre markets in Europe; other Dutch hotbeds for data centres include Eindhoven, Groningen, and Rotterdam. Eleven out of 15 sea cables for digital traffic between the US and Europe come in through the Netherlands. The high quality of the digital infrastructure here attracts foreign investment and sparks entrepreneurship, startups and creativity.
Many tech giants in the digital space, such as Microsoft, Cisco, Twitter, Tata, Infosys, Huawei, Oracle, Intel, IBM, Verizon and Google, have chosen the Netherlands for their activities. Google, for example, is currently building a new €600 million data centre in Eemshaven, in the northern Netherlands, for its European operations. The accessibility of large-scale Internet capacity and the good business climate make the Netherlands a preferred location for digital services.
The digital gateway to Europe
The Netherlands’ excellent digital infrastructure is attracting more and more international IT companies to the country, fuelling the growth of more than 200 data centres across the Netherlands, and making the country the true digital gateway to Europe. This is why 20 leading Dutch data centres recently joined forces to set up the Dutch Datacenter Association, which aims to stimulate the economy and heighten awareness of the fast-growing data centres sector in the Netherlands.