Saturday, November 25, 2017

Drones take centre stage as Digital Realty cuts ribbon on new Frankfurt 27MW data centre campus

Operator continues to expand its footprint in Europe where GDPR and customers’ cloud transformation continue to drive business.

Digital Realty has opened its second data centre in Frankfurt in a ceremony where drones were king and data halls were turned into a Michelin-like restaurant.

The data centre in Wilhelm-Fay-Strasse, Sossenheim, is the first of a group of three buildings and for the opening, the facility was geared up with 9MW of power.

The building has three floors comprising a total of 6,800 sqm of rentable space spread across six data halls.

Once fully built, the campus is expected to provide 27MW of available power and will be connected via dark fiber to Digital Realty’s existing facility in Lyoner Strasse.

The data centres are set to be also used to help customers comply with the up and coming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set to come into effect in May 2018.

Digital Realty’s CEO William Stein said: “Frankfurt is one of the most important data centre markets in the world, second in size only to London in the European region.

“Given its central location, excellent infrastructure, and concentration of leading international businesses, Frankfurt is widely regarded as the connectivity, commercial and financial capital of Germany.”

Stein continued: “We are pleased to support our customers’ global growth requirements on our state-of-the-art Sossenheim campus.”

According to recent data from JLL, in Q3 2017, Frankfurt has been surpassed by Amsterdam as the second largest data centre market in Europe behind London.

At the end of Q3, Amsterdam had a total power supply of 292MW, compared to Frankfurt’s 251MW, according to the figures reported exclusively by Data Economy.

However, the same data suggests that at the end 2017, Frankfunk is to regain its position as mainland Europe’s major data centre destination.