Digital Realty plans to build a 15,900 square metre, 11.5 megawatt (MW) data centre (DC) in the Netherlands after buying a 5.37 acre site at De President, Hoofddorp, Haarlemmermeer, a suburb of Amsterdam. Construction is due to begin in Q4 2014 with the first of six data halls due in mid-2014.
The six data halls planned for the new Dutch Digital Realty data centre (DC) campus will each be capable of supporting 1.92MW of IT load with dedicated infrastructure services and dynamic cooling options, such as hot and cold aisles, tailored to meet customers’ needs.
Financial services (FS) trading firms connected to the nearby NYSE-Euronext trading facility in Amsterdam are expected to be among the target audience, alongside media, TV and other large data volume uses or proximity-dependent institutions.
Each data hall will be designed using Digital Realty’s POD 3.0 architecture. This is a modular approach to building mechanical and electrical systems that reduces time to market and optimises the amount of IT capacity for each suite, while aiding ‘swap in/swap out’ uptime availability.
Importantly for many businesses in the Amsterdam region, the site will also afford superior connectivity as well as access to multiple Tier 1 and Tier 2 international electricity carriers. The DC will also connect via Amsterdam’s main fibre ring to Digital Realty’s other European data centres and its US locations, integrating the facility into the data centre services vendor’s global network.
Commenting on the plans, Bernard Geoghegan, managing director of Digital Realty in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), said: “Amsterdam is ideally located at the heart of the demand we are seeing for today’s networked data centre requirements across Europe. Feedback from enterprises indicates that a ‘well-connected’ data centre is critical to their businesses. Transporting large volumes of data at high speeds is key to enabling IT initiatives, such as cloud computing. Our state-of-the-art De President facility will provide an ecosystem unrivalled in terms of connectivity to support companies of all sizes in Amsterdam.”
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