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.
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Market Overview
Market Overview

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 17.28 million, and an internet literacy rate of 90.4% (15.39 million million internet users).

Data Center & Telecommunications Economy

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 5.9 million fixed line telephone subscriptions and 21.10 million mobile telephone subscriptions.

Data Center Markets

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 279 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 3,206 service providers.

Dutch Rankings

Cloudscene compares and ranks data centers, cloud service providers and network fabrics in a given market by a range of different qualities including ecosystem size and network size.

Richest Data Center Ecosystems

The top five colocation facilities in the Netherlands are:

  1. AM7
  2. Amsterdam
  3. AM5
  4. AMS 9
  5. Global Switch Amsterdam West

Top Data Center Operators

The top five data center operators in the Netherlands are:

  1. Cellnex Telecom
  2. KPN
  3. Equinix
  4. Interxion
  5. NorthC Datacenters

Top Service Providers

The top five cloud service providers in the Netherlands are:

  1. Relined Fiber Network
  2. Relined Fiber Network
  3. NL-IX
  4. UNET
  5. DCspine

Energy Distribution

The Netherlands has good coverage of the energy sector, which is an important attribute for any data center market. The Netherlands is energized by 23% renewable sources, with the remaining provided by fossil or 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 1.60, with the average PUE for Dutch data centers sitting at 1.21. Amsterdam's colocation facilities provide over 1152.53 MW of power and has a range of rack power options from 0.90 kW to 10.00 kW.

Service Providers

The Netherlands’ communications industry is regulated by ACM (Autoriteit Consument & Markt). Major players in the carrier space include:

  • KPN
  • Vodafone
  • T-Mobile
  • Tele2

While the top three service providers are:

There are numerous smaller providers as well.

Cloudscene Dutch Facts

  • Total number of Dutch data centers: 279
  • Total number of cloud service providers: 3,206
  • Total number of network fabrics: 35
  • Latest Dutch data center added: Amsterdam
  • Latest Dutch data centers service provider: Atom86
  • Number of certified colocation facilities in the Netherlands: 70