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Colt adds 1.65MW of additional datacentre capacity to its Dutch facility

Archana Venkatraman

Datacentre and colocation service provider Colt is adding an additional 1,000m2 and 1.65MW (megawatts) of datacentre capacity to its network-neutral facility in the Netherlands to meet the growth in the colocation segment.

The additional capacity will be fully deployed by the end of September and the site will go live in Q4. It marks Colt’s second expansion this year after it initially deployed 3.3MW (megawatts) earlier this year.

The facility is located in Roosendaal, between the major cities of Rotterdam and Antwerp, where it acts as a hub to deliver low latency services to enterprises in both the Netherlands and Belgium.

According to the datacentre provider, CIOs are under increasing pressure to reduce costs and are looking to minimise upfront capex (capital expenses), while moving toward an opex (operating expenses) model with the ability to scale in line with their business requirements.

“Demand for greater cost efficiency continues to drive IT investment decisions for many businesses in the region and this is translating into increased demand for colocation services of all sizes,” said Adriaan Oosthoek, executive vice-president at Colt.

As many as 88% of European CIOs responding to a study indicated that they will "definitely" or "probably" expand their datacentres in 2013 or 2014. The study also revealed that CIOs prefer high-density and compact datacentres to save on space and power

The expansion is aimed at enabling Colt meet the growing market demand in the region for flexible datacentre services.

Other providers expanding to meet demand

Other datacentre providers including Interoute, Savvis and Equinix have also expanded their datacentre capacities in the UK and Europe this year to meet the growing colocation needs from enterprises.

“Over the coming years, we plan to continue to expand the facilty, which has an ultimate capacity of 10,000m2, providing services to businesses as their datacentre and IT requirements evolve,” Oosthoek said.

The new Colt ftec (flexible technology) datacentre – including all power and cooling elements – will be constructed at Colt’s manufacturing facility in the UK before being shipped to the Netherlands and assembled onsite.

Colt’s ftec datacentres are modular datacentres that allow users to upgrade capacity when they need it, eliminating the need to forecast long-term capacity requirements.

The company’s Netherlands facility, which uses free-air cooling, currently has a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.21. It also has a 32MVA power connection for the energy supply as the datacentre grows in size and requirements.

Electricity consumption by Europe’s datacentres is projected to reach 104,000GWh – or 104TWh (terawatt hours) – by 2020, up from 60TWh at present.

Last month it was revealed that Colt cut its annual datacentre electricity consumption by 43GWh (gigawatt hours) since it launched its energy efficiency programme in 2010, saving €4m per annum and reducing its carbon footprint by 15,000 tonnes.

The programme initially focused on data halls, targeting projects that delivered large, upfront gains in energy efficiency over a relatively short period of time. These projects accounted for most of the 10% savings Colt achieved Europe-wide during the first 12 months of the programme.

Based on its own savings over the past three years, Colt estimated that the European datacentre industry can aim for a 5% reduction in its annual energy use without significant capital investment. A 5% reduction will lead to a saving of 3TWh of electricity in Europe.


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