Datacenter.com completes first phase of AMS1 facility

30 November 2017 | Natalie Bannerman


Datacenter.com, the European colocation data centre provider, has announced that it has completed the first phase of its Amsterdam colocation facility, AMS1.

datacenter.comTo be built in several phases, the total 54.000 square feet facility will be located in Amsterdam’s Southeast business district which is home to one the highest fibre densities in the world. Phase 1 of the carrier neutral data centre provides the first 19,400 square feet of colocation space and is now open for business.

Over 60% of phase 1 colocation space was pre-let to various customers, explains Datacenter.com CEO, Jochem Steman: “Our highly secure, highly reliable colocation data center in Amsterdam generated serious interest from multiple customers prior to go-live. Our company management and engineering team gained trust and commitment from a significant part of those prospects. Among them quite a lot of cloud providers, also large ones, planning to reduce the cost of their global network access and improve their business performance. Our highly efficient data center infrastructure with high-density power levels and multiple low-latency connectivity options to choose from will cater to the needs of HPC, finance and gaming customers as well.”

Located adjacent to the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) and Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport, AMS1 has been designed to provide 2N critical power to redundancy, allowing for simultaneous maintenance without causing interruption. Each data centre phase has been designed so that it does not cause any interruption to the existing halls and infrastructure while the future phases of development take place.

In addition, with a pPUE of 1.04, AMS1 is being hailed as one of the most energy efficient and cost effective data centres in Amsterdam, as it requires minimal power and cooling capacity per unit of IT.  And not only does it use adiabatic cooling technology without the need for raised floors, it also uses the latest energy efficient Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) systems. Also AMS1 runs entirely on green power generated from renewable resources, keeping its environmental footprint to a minimum.

“We’re not just trumpeting our environmental credentials,” said Steman. “Datacenter.com is able to submit third party evidence - as we’ve been awarded ISO 14001:2015 environmental certification among other certifications that we think are must have accreditations for an enterprise-grade colocation provider.”

“The ultra-low pPUE figure and the ISO 14001:2015 accreditation not only reflect our environmental efforts but green technological innovation is the key to building future-proof colocation data centers while achieving an operationally efficient, high-performance computing environment for applications that include HPC, financial trading, and gaming”, added Steman. “Datacenter.com AMS1 will serve new market demands from the digital media sector, financials, cloud service providers and enterprises requiring demanding, highly available and carrier-neutral data center space in Amsterdam - utilizing the international network density and low latency fiber connectivity in this area.”

Back in May of this year, Datacenter.com selected Relined Fiber Network as the first network provider to establish a point of presence (PoP) and supply redundant dark fibre connectivity for AMS1.

Looking ahead to the future, another Datacenter.com facility location is already planned for Dallas, Texas.