NorthC, a large data center company in the Netherlands that was formed after combining the colocation facilities of NLDC (data center business of KPN) and The Datacenter Group, will connect its ten regional data centers via a “high-speed” fiber network, the ‘Region Connect Ring.’
Combining the individual data centers creates a single ‘virtual data center’ in which data, applications, data connections and other services in the connected data centers are available to customers in any of the other NorthC colocation data centers.
The announcement of this Region Connect Ring marks the completion of the integration of the two data center companies NLDC and The Datacenter Group into NorthC Datacenters, which was launched one year ago.
“The Region Connect Ring represents a major step for NorthC and signifies the start of the next phase in our growth strategy. The rapid digital transformation of the Dutch economy and the growing role of regions within this digital economy has led to a growing demand for local data centers,” said Alexandra Schless, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NorthC Datacenters. “At the same time, there is increasing demand for data connectivity between regions in The Netherlands. The Region Connect Ring allows organizations to directly access the services of partners that are not available in their own region, including network and cloud providers. Additionally, the Region Connect Ring is the ideal solution for customers with multiple locations, who need fast, reliable and scalable connectivity to securely access data and applications from any of these locations. For instance, customers who use our data center in Rotterdam have access to both national and international carriers and cloud providers in the Amsterdam metro area.”
The Region Connect Ring would offer colocation clients “fast and scalable” data connectivity that is ready to use, with a maximum bandwidth of 10Gbit/s.
The Region Connect Ring can also be used by customers with operations in multiple NorthC data centers, who are looking to improve the availability and consistency of business applications and data between these sites. Broadband capacity is just one of the key design features of the Region Connect Ring. According to NorthC, the reliability and security of the connections are just as important. That is why the entire ring is built redundantly, with a totally separate backup route.
Combined, the ten data center locations of NorthC have a floor surface of almost 60,000 square meters and a power capacity of 44 Megawatt.
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