July 12, 2016
The Science Park facility will meet regional demand for data center colocation and direct access to global cloud, network and content providers
Equinix today announced that it will build a new International Business Exchange (IBX) in Amsterdam at its existing campus at the Amsterdam Science Park. The newest data center, called AM4, will support growing demand for Platform Equinix in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam has long been a key digital gateway, as businesses can reach 80 percent of Europe within 50 milliseconds, making this an ideal market for enterprises to locate their IT infrastructure to maximize performance. Equinix currently operates two Amsterdam data center campuses and will add capacity to meet growing demand for hybrid cloud, interconnection and connectivity to business ecosystems across a number of vertical markets and internet exchanges.
Equinix will invest $113 million, in the first phase of development for the data center which will house 1,555 cabinets. On completion of the four expansion phases the facility will represent a total investment of $189 million and provide 4,200 cabinets on eight floors of data center space with a total usable floor area of more than 124,000 square feet (11,500 square meters). The building and first phase is expected to be completed and operational by Q2 2017.
With more than 850 customers and connections with over 125 network service providers, the Equinix data centers in Amsterdam represent one of the densest network concentrations in the world. The company says that customers will benefit from direct connections with their own customers and suppliers in their digital supply chain. Moreover, the co-location facilities of Equinix in Amsterdam provide proximity to the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) and the Neutral Internet Exchange (NL-ix) — two of the largest internet exchange in the world — bringing together over 1,000 ISPs, telecom operators, and content providers and hosting services from all over the world.
Eric Schwartz, president EMEA, Equinix:
As one of the most pivotal connection points in the world, Amsterdam continues to play a significant role in facilitating the flow of data that supports the digital economy. With the build of AM4, Equinix will bring to market more opportunity for interconnection to connect companies to their customers, employees and partners and to ultimately accelerate their business performance.
You can read through the entire press release here.