Vantage Data Centers, a global provider of hyperscale data center campuses, has reached a milestone with the completion of a concrete shell. The company is on schedule to deliver its first greenfield European hyperscale data center in 2021, near Zurich in Switzerland.
This 40MW data center development is part of the company’s $2 billion European expansion. It will provide customers with large scale, sustainable data center facilities built for the unique needs of hyperscalers, cloud providers and large enterprises. The new Vantage data center facility is located in Winterthur, Switzerland, just 25 kilometers northeast of Zurich.
The seven-acre (three-hectare) data center campus will be home to four multi-story, “state-of-the-art” data centers totaling more than 400,000 square feet (37,000 square meters) once fully developed. Vantage is constructing the shell of the initial facility with 8MW of capacity as part of its standard design practice. This would allow for rapid time to market to meet customer demands.
“Vantage recently achieved two major milestones in our fast-track European expansion, including the completion of our first greenfield data center shell near Zurich along with the grand opening of our flagship Frankfurt campus,” said Wolfgang Zepf, Vantage’s managing director of Switzerland. “We look forward to welcoming customers to this highly secure and connectivity-rich facility in the third quarter of next year.”
Like all of Vantage’s data centers, the campus would prioritize reliability along with sustainability and environmental responsibility. The data center campus will employ “hyper-efficient” cooling with outside air economization using minimal water. This approach, along with other design features, would enable Vantage to achieve industry-leading power usage effectiveness (PUE) and water usage effectiveness (WUE). Additional green characteristics of the campus will include a solar facade, electric vehicle charging stations, drought-resistant landscaping, a green roof and motion-sensor LED lighting.
Vantage Data Centers entered the European market in February 2020 with the acquisition of Etix Everywhere. The company has initiated greenfield developments in Berlin, Frankfurt, Milan, Warsaw and Zurich. In July, the company acquired Next Generation Data in the U.K., Europe’s largest data center campus.