Switch to build 1,700 sq m wholesale data centre in Amsterdam

25 June 2018 | Alan Burkitt-Gray


Switch Datacenters is to build a 1,700 square metre data centre on its Amsterdam campus, alongside its existing data halls – and it is looking for a single user.

The company says that the new data centre will be built to offer wholesale colocation space to a large enterprise, managed colocation provider, or cloud provider searching for Amsterdam-based dedicated data centre presence.

“The new-to-build wholesale data centre offering in Amsterdam constitutes of turnkey space that will be move-in ready and fully aligned with the most demanding server power density requirements in the industry,” said Gregor Snip, CEO and founder of Switch Datacenters.

The unit will include 800 square metres of office space. Snip said: “A large enterprise, a managed colocation provider or a large cloud provider will find here enterprise-grade data centre infrastructure meeting high-availability requirements set by mission-critical business applications.”

Switch Datacenters lists two complete facilities on its website – AMS1 in south-east Amsterdam, with 8,320 square metres, and AMS2, in nearby Woerden, with 5,500 square metres. AMS3 is listed as “under construction”.

AMS1 “has direct connections to all backbone carriers including the NL-IX and the Amsterdam Internet Exchange,” says Switch. AMS2 “largely functions as the prime location for business continuity and resiliency services of a global IT firm”.

Snip said of the new project: “This highly redundant, highly secured and highly connected data centre space will allow us once again to meet enterprise-grade standards.”

Switch adheres to the Open Compute Project (OCP), initiated by Facebook but also followed by Equinix, Intel, Microsoft and others.

Snip said: “Our patented, in-house developed cooling technologies and additional features provide for an OCP-ready infrastructure, although this wholesale data centre space is also fully compatible with more traditional IT infrastructures. The OCP technology specs uniquely allow for enhanced energy-efficiency, operational cost-savings while bringing the agility required by demanding applications – for traditional IT as well as OCP-ready hardware environments.”