Global Switch Begins Construction at Its Amsterdam Data Center Campus

Global Switch, owner/operator/developer of large-scale carrier and cloud neutral colocation data centers in Europe and Asia-Pacific, has announced that construction has started on the first stage of its new data center in Amsterdam. The 32,000 square meter data center, Global Switch Amsterdam East, will be built immediately adjacent to the existing Amsterdam West facility.

Jasper Lankhorst
“It is very exciting to be announcing this substantial addition of world class technical data center capacity to our Amsterdam campus, particularly at a time when there is a permit stop for new data center 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.

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

Similar to other Global Switch developments, energy efficiency is at the core of the data center design. The Global Switch Amsterdam East data center will incorporate the latest technologies such as a flooded room cooling design with hot aisle containment allowing flexible IT rack load deployment. The cooling will be generated using a free-cooling water-based cooling system and will allow the heat to be exported to the local community.

The new colocation data center will be targeting an annualized design Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of less than 1.2 and a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ certification. In addition, as part of Global Switch’s comprehensive Energy Management Program, customers will be offered 100% green energy.

“We are continuing to see demand for high quality, resilient and energy efficient data centers providing multiple connectivity options particularly from global hyperscale cloud providers looking for highly experienced data center operators, such as Global Switch, as well as demand from European, US and Asian customers,” said John Corcoran, CEO Global Switch. “We are therefore delighted to have now started construction of Global Switch Amsterdam East which will be our fourteenth data center.”

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Global Switch Amsterdam East

A technical snapshot of the new Global Switch facility in Amsterdam:

  • Full access to the existing network-dense, low-latency environment with a multitude of carriers and network service providers.
  • Access to peering platforms AMS-IX, NL-IX and all major cloud platforms.
  • Hyperconnected and ideally located adjacent to the main regional and international fiber routes.
  • Built in accordance to the highest operational standards with matching SLA’s.
  • Bespoke solutions with scalable space and power.
  • Open Compute Platform (OCP) facility compliance.
  • Environmentally sustainable targeting a PUE of less than 1.2.
  • Certified ISO9001, 14001, 27001, 50001, OHSAS 18001, AMS-IX, PCI-DSS, ISAE 3402 compliant.

“We welcome this news by our long-term partner Global Switch,” said Peter van Burgel, CEO, AMS-IX. “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 digitalization continues to be a strong, sustainable driver for growth, even in a time when building options are challenging and the economic outlook is uncertain.”

Data Center Construction Stop

In contrast to the recent moratorium on granting new data center planning consents, importantly Global Switch Amsterdam East is a known project with Gemeente Amsterdam (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.

“It is very exciting to be announcing this substantial addition of world class technical data center capacity to our Amsterdam campus, particularly at a time when there is a permit stop for new data center 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 centers, customers will also benefit from bespoke data center solutions, as well as a highly resilient and secure space for housing mission critical IT equipment.”

Founded in 1998, Global Switch is an owner, operator and developer of large-scale, carrier and cloud neutral colocation data centers in Europe and Asia-Pacific. Global Switch’s data centers operate exclusively in the Tier I markets of Europe and Asia-Pacific to Tier III or higher and currently total around 4,200,000 square feet (390,000 square meters) of floor space and are occupied by a broad range of customers.

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