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Market Highlight: Amsterdam’s Data Center Ecosystem

19 December 2017
Data Centers in Amsterdam

Data Centers in Amsterdam – Where are They and Who Operates them?

From 13th century fishing village to modern-day Alpha World City and the commercial capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is today one of the world’s most important data center ecosystems.

With nine submarine cables connecting to Britain and the United States, Amsterdam is also a critical European interconnection gateway and home to AMS-IX, which connects to approximately 800 networks.

Consistently ranked among the top telecommunications markets in Western Europe, it’s no surprise the Netherlands is home to several major telcos including KPN, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Hi, Tele2 and Simyo. The nation has achieved impressive network coverage, with 97% of residents and 91% of businesses enjoying access to fixed Internet connections with speeds of 30 Mbps or higher.

One of the world’s oldest cities, Amsterdam is increasingly viewed as the heart of Europe’s digital economy. More than 170 leading multinational organizations including Netflix, Facebook and Salesforce have established their European headquarters in the city, and the highly skilled multilingual workforce makes it easy for these companies to conduct cross-border business.

Amsterdam’s robust data center sector boasts a strong networking presence, especially towards the southeast and northwest of the central business district.

Despite the Netherlands’ small population of only 17 million residents, it is the world’s fifth largest data center nation with 244 data centers, trailing France and Germany with 405 and 261 data centers, but ahead of Australia and Canada with 228 and 198 data centers respectively. Amsterdam has 93 data centers, 400+ service providers and 11 network fabrics.

Using Cloudscene’s Rankings tool, we can reveal the top 10 data centers in Amsterdam are:

  1. Amsterdam – Nikhef
  2. Global Switch Amsterdam – Global Switch
  3. AM5 – Equinix
  4. Science Park 120 – Digital Realty
  5. AM7 – Equinix
  6. AM1 – Equinix
  7. H.J.E. Wenckebachweg 127 – Digital Realty
  8. AM8 – Equinix
  9. AM3 – Equinix
  10. AM2 – Equinix

This ecosystem-style ranking is unique to Cloudscene and is calculated based on the number of known service providers and POPs in each facility.

Equinix dominates Amsterdam’s data center rankings, occupying six of the top 10 positions, while Nikhef holds the number-one spot with the nation’s strongest ecosystem of 130+ service providers.

The top service providers include Colt, euNetworks, Relined Fiber Network, NL-IX and UNET.

In January this year, ManageEngine announced the opening of its ISO 27001 certified data center in Amsterdam – a major step toward cloud-based security and privacy for organizations within the European Union. European customers operate under exceptionally strict data privacy regulations, and the new site is a certified Service Organization Controls (SOC) Type II facility,  allowing customers to adopt ManageEngine’s cloud offerings with greater confidence.

February saw the expansion of Interxion’s Netherlands presence, as the company acquired Vancis Holding BV along with its Amsterdam data center. The acquisition increases Interxion’s footprint by an additional 20,000 square feet, while doubling the company’s carrier density in the city.

In July, Equinix opened its latest Amsterdam facility, AM4. The 13-storey windowless tower cost 160 million euros to build and house 120,000 powerful servers. This new center delivers 11,500 square meters of floor space and is designed to help local businesses embrace the multi-cloud consumption model. Equinix also purchased the AMS5 data center from private equity real estate company Evans Randall Investors at a cost of 25 million euros. The 13,120 square meter facility is positioned in the Amsterdam South East region, a prime location close to the central business district and Schiphol Airport.

In October, Chinese telecoms company, CITIC Telecom CPC, completed its acquisition of Amsterdam-based Linx Telecommunication BV. Linx has a presence in 14 countries, many of which are within China’s Belt and Road initiative. Following the acquisition, CITIC will manage more than 140 new POPs. The move comes as many other Chinese telcos are expanding into Europe and the UK.

The following month, infrastructure solutions provider, EdgeConneX, joined the Dutch Data Center Association (DDA) in preparation for forthcoming data centre deployments in Amsterdam. The DDA’s mission is to boost economic growth and enhance the data center sector’s profile within the media, government and society. EdgeConneX opened its first Amsterdam Edge Data Centre (EDC) in January last year, and has since increased its local presence to four facilities.

Google also recently announced that it will power its Eemshaven data center over the next decade using solar purchased by the Netherlands’ largest solar park. The move is aligned with Google’s strategy to switch its entire infrastructure to renewable energy sources.

In other news, Uber’s Amsterdam-registered company could face a significant fine under the Dutch Data Protection Act after it was discovered that the company concealed a large-scale data breach in 2016. Uber CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, admitted hackers had stolen “personal information of 57 million Uber users around world”.

With Uber’s international headquarters sited in Amsterdam, the Dutch data protection authority is now leading a posse of Europe’s national privacy regulators (including Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK) to investigate the fact the technology giant concealed the breach from the public, choosing instead to pay the hackers $100k for their silence. Uber could therefore face up to a $970k fine in the Netherlands, the maximum penalty for illegally concealing a privacy breach. More on this in our latest blog post: Worldwide Data Security: Uber, Equifax, SEC, Deloitte & Malaysian Telcos the Latest Reported Data Breaches.

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