Global Switch Achieves ISO 50001 Certification for its Amsterdam Colocation Data Center

Global Switch, the owner, developer, and operator of large-scale, carrier and cloud neutral colocation data centers in Europe and Asia-Pacific, has announced that its Amsterdam colocation facility has achieved ISO 50001:2011 certification for its energy management system.

The ISO 50001:2011 certification has been awarded by BSI Group and is valid until 2021. In addition to ISO 50001, Global Switch Amsterdam has certifications for ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001, ISAE 3402 Type 2, PCI DSS, OHSAS 18001 and AMS-IX. The achievement of ISO 50001 certification would be in line with Global Switch’s continued drive for sustainability and energy efficiency in the design, building, and operation of its data centers around the world.

Under the standard, organizations have to have a measurable, data-driven energy efficiency policy in place, which acts as a catalyst for continual improvement of its energy use. Global Switch Amsterdam joins Global Switch Madrid in achieving ISO 50001, whilst all other Global Switch data centers are well advanced in achieving certification.

“We are very pleased with achieving this latest certification for our data center,” said Johan Groeneweg, Managing Director of Global Switch Amsterdam. “For our customers, having a thorough energy management system in place is paramount. The amount of energy that our customers use is large enough for us to make a real contribution by continuously increasing our efficiency in powering their IT equipment.”

Calculated PUE: 1.2

Global Switch states that it has achieved considerable improvements of the Power Usage Efficiency (PUE) metric over time in Amsterdam. Stage 1 of a planned expansion to the data center had a design PUE of 1.35, whilst subsequent stages will have a calculated PUE of 1.2.

Global Switch Amsterdam is planning the second phase of the expansion to its existing data center in Amsterdam. The first phase was pre-let to a “leading” international telecommunications services provider. The second phase of the expansion would offer highly resilient data center solutions with direct access to extensive ecosystems, connectivity and low latency of Global Switch Amsterdam, aimed at a wide range of customers.

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