The Netherlands, in particular Amsterdam, is arguably the internet hub for Europe. Home of the much loved, world famous and largest IX, AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange), Amsterdam is often seen as the first landing point for providers connecting from the UK into greater Europe.
The Netherlands, also known as the the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy located in Northern Europe. The Netherlands has a population of over 16.94 million and an internet literacy rate of 93% (15.75 million million internet users).
The total GDP of the Netherlands is over US $750 billion and with a contribution of 7.6% from the digital economy, the Netherlands’ data center industry is thriving. Besides The Netherlands’ data centers, the digital economy includes 6.951 million fixed line telephone subscriptions and 20.809 million mobile telephone subscriptions.
The Netherlands contains several data center clusters throughout the country providing plenty of colocation opportunities. The primary colocation data center markets in the Netherlands are:
The Netherlands provides an important connection between the United Kingdom and Europe through submarine cables. There are 240 Dutch data centers, the majority of these colocation facilities are located in and around Amsterdam. Large carrier neutral Dutch data centers feature rich ecosystems and state of the art equipment, ensuring maximum uptime and connectivity to over 544 service providers.
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The top five colocation facilities in the Netherlands are:
The top five data center operators in the Netherlands are:
The top five cloud service providers in the Netherlands are:
Energy is a significant issue for data centers and the Netherlands has good coverage of the energy sector. The Netherlands is energized by 14.6% renewable or green sources, with the remaining provided by fossil/nuclear fuels. This gives Dutch colocation facilities significant opportunities to take advantage of green energy. In addition to green energy, data center consumers enjoy a range of PUE scores between 1.00 and 1.50. The average PUE for Dutch data centers is 1.21. Dutch colocation facilities provide over 250.31 MW of power and has a range of rack power options from 0.90 kW to 10.00 kW.
The Netherlands has a above average natural disaster risk score of 8.24% according to the Work Risk Index. The country experiences multiple natural disasters that affect data centers including earthquakes, storms, floods and sea level rise.
The Netherlands’ communications industry is regulated by ACM (Autoriteit Consument & Markt). Major players in the carrier space include:
While the top three service providers are:
There are numerous smaller providers as well.