EvoSwitch to expand Amsterdam AMS1 data centre campus
22 February 2018 | Natalie Bannerman
EvoSwitch, the carrier-neutral data centre provider, plans to build a new energy-efficient data centre in Amsterdam.
The new facility will be located opposite EvoSwitch’s existing AMS1 Amsterdam site, marking the first phase of a major facility expansion with the aim expanding capacity up to 30 MVA over the next few years.
The company says decision to expand its facilities was driven by rowing demand for more colocation capacity and cloud interconnection services in Europe.
Commenting on the news, Eric Boonstra, CEO of EvoSwitch, said: “European data center growth in 2017 was faster than ever before, according to a recent CBRE report and JLL report, particularly in Amsterdam and London,” added Mr. Boonstra. “The CBRE and JLL reports result are in line with our own experiences and revenue results this year. Another report from Digital Gateway to Europe mentions some key drivers for the Netherlands being a top-10 data center hub in the world. These key drivers include the wide range of high quality and low-latency connectivity options available; the stability of the energy grid in the Netherlands; and the country’s rapid expansion of ecosystems across networks, as well as cloud and hosting companies.”
Once completed the new site will add 6,000 sqft of colocation space, offering 7.5MW of new capacity to the company’s existing 15MW data centre campus in Amsterdam.
EvoSwitch’s specially designed modular data centre building features 2N electrical redundancy and ‘Indirect Adiabatic Free Cooling’ with hot and cold aisle containment. Allowing for a PUE figure of 1.2, the new data centre is due to be operational in Q1 2019.
“Our patented, in-house engineered and highly modular data centre design offers stand-alone units with their own multiple UPS back-up solutions, as well as distribution boards, cooling units and fire suppression systems,” continued Boonstra. “This allows for highly autonomous and easily scalable data centre units being deployed, even as a partial solution within current data centre expansion, catering to the needs of cloud service providers and so many other companies with dynamic, high-scalability needs. Combined with third-party accredited security compliance standards in place, including ISO 27001:2013, PCI-DSS, SIOC1 Type II, as well as ISO 14001:2004 and LEED Gold certifications, our added data centre space in Amsterdam meets all requirements of enterprises and CSPs across the globe.”
The new facility will be interconnected with existing data centre infrastructure through a corridor, allowing customers to benefit from the various enterprise-grade and network-rich ecosystem features of both sites. These include colocation racks and private cages featuring redundant 2N cooling, direct access to major internet exchanges; managed services including cloud interconnectivity; the use of 100% renewable energy; 24/7 engineering staff onsite and a 99,999% uptime guarantee.
“These market research reports confirm that we’re on the right track with the EvoSwitch colocation and cloud interconnectivity offerings and current expansion plans at our Amsterdam data centre campus,” added Boonstra. “The rapid expansion of cloud ecosystems in the Netherlands in particular is an important factor in growing our customer base. The EvoSwitch OpenCloud cloud interconnectivity marketplace being established in 2015 enables ecosystems of cloud, hosting and networking providers as well as enterprises and start-ups to establish robust, direct links between networks inside our data centres in Europe and the US. It also allows for secure access at minimal latency to public clouds like AWS, Azure or Google Cloud Platform. The new data centre build will add to the networking efficiency of ecosystem members, allowing for ecosystem growth and even more efficiency across cloud environments.”
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