Global Switch begins construction at its Amsterdam data centre



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The 32,000-sqm facility will be built immediately adjacent to the existing Amsterdam West facility located in the Slotervaart/Overtoomseveld district.

Global Switch has announced that in response to growing demand, construction has started on the first stage of a new data centre in Amsterdam.

Once all stages of the data centre are complete, the utility power supply capacity will increase by 40MVA, bringing the campus total to 72MVA supplied at 50kV.

In contrast to the recent moratorium on granting new data centre planning consents, Global Switch Amsterdam East is a known project with the City of Amsterdam and is not impacted either by the widely announced ‘building stop’ or affected by power availability across the Metropolitan Region of Amsterdam, according to the company.

The data centre will be targeting an annualised design Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of less than 1.2 and its customers will be offered 100% green energy.

John Corcoran, CEO Global Switch, said, “We are continuing to see demand for high quality, resilient and energy efficient data centres providing multiple connectivity options particularly from global hyperscale cloud providers looking for highly experienced data centre operators, such as Global Switch, as well as demand from European, US and Asian customers.

“We are therefore delighted to have now started construction of Global Switch Amsterdam East which will be our fourteenth data centre.”

With direct fibre connections between the two data centres, its customers of Amsterdam East will be able to access this environment and will benefit from a choice of cloud and network providers as well as direct access to the global IP backbone.

“It is very exciting to be announcing this substantial addition of world class technical data centre capacity to our Amsterdam campus, particularly at a time when there is a permit stop for new data centre developments in the city and a shortage in power availability in some places of the Amsterdam Metro Area,” said Jasper Lankhorst, Managing Director Global Switch Amsterdam.

“With the acceleration of the digital economy, Global Switch Amsterdam East will provide an Open Compute Platform ready environment enabling customers to deploy at scale both with speed and cost effectively.

“As with all our data centres, customers will also benefit from bespoke data centre solutions, as well as a highly resilient and secure space for housing mission critical IT equipment.”

The two data centres will provide four diverse entry points and four interconnected Meet Me Rooms ensuring highly resilient connections.

Peter van Burgel, CEO, AMS-IX, said, “We welcome this news by our long-term partner Global Switch.

“This announcement underlines the importance of the Amsterdam region as one of the largest connectivity hubs in the world and as a desirable climate for digital businesses.

“It also shows that the digitalisation continues to be a strong, sustainable driver for growth, even in a time when building options are challenging and the economic outlook is uncertain.”