For the expected COBRAcable, international collaboration is key
The COBRAcable lands in Eemshaven, a great location for data centers, partly due to its perfect connectivity to the Dutch digital infrastructure with Amsterdam as global hub. To strengthen this special bond between the two countries, Digital Gateway to Europe invited a delegation of 40 Danish stakeholders from Esbjerg to Amsterdam-based Switch Datacenters.
Today, the Esbjerg-delegation comes to Switch Datacenters in Amsterdam to get an understanding of the development of a digital infrastructure and ecosystem, the economic impact, and the kind of business areas that benefit from this unique infrastructure. And the Danish have come to the right place, since the Dutch take connectivity very seriously. Over 97% of households have internet access, there is a 4G-availability of 89,6%, and the Netherlands are home to the world's leading internet exchanges.
"As a truly Dutch and Amsterdam-based datacenter company, we are happy to show the delegation around," says Edgar van Essen, Managing Director of Switch Datacenters. "Strong connections, from the AMS-ix all the way into Denmark, are important for us and for our clients. If we work closely together with our international partners, the European network will strengthen, which will benefit the whole ecosystem."
NFIA: 20% of foreign direct investments cloud & data center
According to research by the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), already 20% of all foreign direct investments in the Netherlands, are in the cloud- and datacenter industry. And with the data demand growing, so is the industry.
There is a large economic impact of such a fiber optic cable landing in Eemshaven, where Google has announced his latest investment of €500 mln earlier this year, bringing the company’s total investment in Eemshaven to €1.5 billion. It currently employs 250 people, which will grow following the expansion. And with the COBRAcable being operational early 2019, an even greater economic impact is expected.
About Switch Datacenters
Founded in 2011 by Dutch Internet and hosting industry veterans, Switch Datacenters is a European carrier-neutral operator of highly secured colocation data centers and build-to-suit corporate data centers delivering its enterprise-grade services to businesses of all sizes including some well-known large global cloud players.
The company is focused on delivering redundant (2N), high-available (100% uptime guarantee) data center infrastructure with Tier 4 specifications to ISPs, systems integrators (SIs), cloud service providers (CSPs), and enterprise customers.
Located in a fiber-dense area with 460 available fiber optic connections and 40 carrier networks onsite to choose from, Switch Datacenters’ facilities in the Amsterdam region provide a total floor area of 24,220 m2 (260,701 sq. ft.) and 8,350 m2 (89,878 sq. ft.) of secured white space for cloud service providers and boost an average data center PUE of 1.1 measured over all sites, making Switch Datacenters one of the leading providers of sustainable data center space in Europe.
For more information about Switch Datacenters, visit: www.switchdatacenters.com.