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Equinix expands its European datacentre footprint with AM4 opening in Amsterdam

Colocation giant is building out its datacentre capacity in Amsterdam by opening another facility, geared towards helping enterprises embrace the multi-cloud consumption model

Equinix has opened another datacentre in Amsterdam to cater for the growing demand for hybrid and multi-cloud deployments it claims to be seeing within continental Europe.

The $113m facility, dubbed AM4, will be built out in four phases, with Equinix claiming the site will have sufficient capacity to accommodate up to 4,200 cabinets across eight floors covering 11,500 square metres.

The latest addition to Equinix’s Amsterdam-based datacentre portfolio is located in the city’s Science Park, which is reportedly responsible for handling around 38% of Dutch internet traffic.

The facility will also provide customers with access to the services offered by the firm’s ecosystem of cloud partners, which include Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, Microsoft, Oracle and IBM.

Eric Schwartz, president for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Equinix, said the facility is designed to cater to companies that are looking for an easy way to consume cloud services from multiple providers.

“Businesses are increasingly looking for network-rich locations that have cloud connectivity but are also located in close proximity to users,” he said.

“By moving IT to these sort of environments, businesses create a digital edge that increases performance and user experience, but also allows them to adapt to meet future needs. The addition of AM4 gives these businesses yet another way to interconnect in this key market.”

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Amsterdam, along with Frankfurt, London and Paris, is considered to be one of the big four European datacentre markets, with recent data from real estate consultancy, CBRE, citing the city as the prime location for almost half of the new supply of European datacentre capacity that came online during the final quarter of 2016.

Penny Jones, senior analyst for European services at market watcher 451 Research, said the city has established itself as a key datacentre hub in years gone by.

“European enterprises are starting to realise their current network architecture is no longer optimal for digital transformation as they journey to the cloud. A deployment in a network-dense interconnection-oriented facility such as that being offered in Amsterdam could be a viable option to support their digital transformation,” she said.

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