Digital Realty Acquires Amsterdam Site

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Data center developer Digital Realty Trust has purchased a 5.3 acre site in a suburb of Amsterdam, where it plans to build an 11.5 megawatt data center, the company said today. The 15,900 square meter development at De President, Hoofddorp, Haarlemmermeer will feature six data halls, each capable of supporting 1.92 megawatts of IT load, with dedicated infrastructure services and cooling options tailored to meet customers’ needs.

Construction is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2013, with the first two data halls to be delivered in mid-2014. Each data hall will be designed using Digital Realty’s POD 3.0 architecture, a modular approach to building mechanical and electrical systems. The site will also offer access to multiple Tier 1 and Tier 2 International Carriers, and will connect via Amsterdam’s main fibre ring to Digital Realty’s other European data centers as well as its U.S. locations.

“Amsterdam is ideally located at the heart of the demand we are seeing for today’s networked data centre requirements across Europe,” said Bernard Geoghegan, Managing Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa of Digital Realty. “Feedback from enterprises indicates that a ‘well-connected’ data centre is critical to their businesses. Transporting large volumes of data at high speeds is key to enabling IT initiatives, such as cloud computing. Our state-of-the-art De President facility will provide an ecosystem unrivalled in terms of connectivity to support companies of all sizes in Amsterdam.”

Digital Realty Trust has 122 properties comprising approximately 22.7 million square feet of space in 32 markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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