Dutch Data Center Report 2017: "Amsterdam shows record data center growth"

180.000 square meters of new floor space planned for the coming years

15 JUNI 2017, AMSTERDAM
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The Dutch Datacenter Association has published its annual report ‘State of the Dutch Data Centers 2017 - Room for Growth’ about the growth of the Dutch data center market during the past twelve months. The total Dutch multi-tenant data center market has grown by 15% in 2016, resulting in 283.000m2 of data center floor space. Within the Dutch data center market, the Amsterdam region is doing especially well, showing an average annual growth of 17.5% over the past six years and even 30% growth in 2016. In the upcoming years, another expansion of 180.000m2 data floor space will take place in the Netherlands, of which 98% is planned to be built in the Amsterdam region.

The Dutch Datacenter Association (DDA) has published its annual report ‘State of the Dutch Data Centers 2017 - Room for Growth’ about the growth of the Dutch data center market over the past twelve months. The first copy of the report was presented to Kees Verhoeven, a distinguished member of the Dutch parliament and a strong advocate of the digital transformation.

The total Dutch multi-tenant data center market has grown by 15% in 2016, resulting in 283.000m2 of data center floor space. Within the Dutch data center market, the Amsterdam region is doing especially well, showing an average annual growth of 17.5% over the past six years and even 30% growth in 2016. In the upcoming years, another expansion of 180.000m2 data floor space will take place in the Netherlands, of which 98% is planned to be built in the Amsterdam region.

Stijn Grove, Managing Director of the DDA: "The data center industry in the Netherlands is growing faster than any other sector in the Netherlands. Over the past six years, we have seen steady double digit growth. We also see that the data center sector has a huge impact on the Dutch (digital) economy. Already 25% of the Dutch GDP can be attributed to the digital sector in the Netherlands. Considering its impact, it is more than essential that data centers, government and other stakeholders join forces to facilitate a prosperous digital transformation.

From a European perspective, Amsterdam has gained a leading position in terms of growth. All key markets (Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Paris) saw more take-up in 2016 than in the previous two years combined. Interestingly, Amsterdam became the first market in European history to see more than 50 MW of take-up in a single year. As the demand for data center capacity has started to surpass supply, it's crucial to ensure an environment in which data centers are not limited in their growth.

Stijn Grove: “2016 has been a record year for the data center industry in the Netherlands. Amsterdam, as the Digital Gateway to Europe, has seen record growth numbers of 30%, outperforming all other main data center hubs in Europe. Perfect connectivity continues to be the main driver for the Amsterdam data center region. Connectivity in terms of access to IP carriers and fiber providers, connectivity to the (cloud) ecosystem, and connectivity to the many exchanges. With of course, the AMS-IX as the largest internet exchange in the world. Other important drivers include low energy prices, political stability, EU aligned privacy laws, access to the European single market and the availability of technical personnel. These are all reasons why the top tech companies and media corporations choose the Netherlands as the place to distribute their data and as the location for their EMEA headquarters.”

“Despite these clear advantages of the Amsterdam region, we also expect that regional Dutch data centers will experience accelerating growth in the next 2-5 years due to the adoption of IoT and increasing demand for data center floor space by SME’s.”

The report (in English) is available for download here.


About the Dutch Datacenter Association

The Dutch Datacenter Association (DDA) is the trade organisation of data centers in the Netherlands, the bedrock of the Dutch economy. The DDA unites leading data centers in the Netherlands in a common mission: the strengthening of economic growth and the profiling of the data center sector to government, media and society.

The DDA expresses industry views on regulatory and policy issues. It demonstrates leadership by facilitating and encouraging members to implement operational improvements in the form of best practices. The DDA promotes education and contributes to technical standards, which enables the data center industry in the Netherlands and abroad to further distinguish itself.

The DDA is one of the founders of the umbrella foundation Digital Infrastructure Netherlands (DINL). DINL unites organisations that facilitate the digital infrastructure within the Netherlands. The DDA closely collaborates with Digital Gateway to Europe, which promotes the Netherlands as international data hub. The DDA also actively collaborates with market operators, the government and other interested parties.

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