Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 25 - Page 68

INTELLIGENT BRANDS // Data Centres ServerFarm expands European presence with Amsterdam data centre acquisition ///////////////////////////// S erverFarm, an innovative data centre developer and operator, has extended its portfolio with a strategic data centre acquisition in Amsterdam. The SF AMS1 data centre is home to a number of global enterprises. The facility is highly connected with over 100,000 square feet of available shell space ideal for cloud, low latency and Edge environments. ServerFarm’s second major European location (including SF LON1 in Feltham, London) further expands the company’s portfolio of owned and managed assets in over 75 locations across more than 30 countries. The Dutch Data Center Association’s State of the Dutch Data Centers 2019 report explains that Amsterdam is Europe’s largest hyperscale and colocation market 68 INTELLIGENTCIO – and grew by 20% in MW in 2018. The Netherlands contains 189 large multi-tenant data centres, the report adds, with about 72% of all Dutch data centres found in the Amsterdam region. “We’re thrilled to offer our clients fast, convenient entry into one of the world’s most critical data centre hubs, which has become a tricky area to tap into due to current market limitations,” said Avner Papouchado, CEO of ServerFarm. In July, Amsterdam and Haarlemmermeer called a moratorium on new data centre builds, according to Bloomberg. “We’re quickly expanding our portfolio to meet demand following our recent US$200 million recapitalisation and Amsterdam was the perfect location to do so,” said Papouchado. “We’re excited to deliver our unique business model to a new region, allowing more service providers and enterprises to move away from burdensome physical infrastructure management while optimising their IT operations.” ServerFarm’s Amsterdam data centre sits at a prime location inside the A10 and less than 4 km from the city centre, with access to a dozen carriers and multiple diverse fibre entry points. The company’s InCommand Services offer a range of fully managed Facility and IT infrastructure management solutions, as well as real-time access to data centre analytics. With over 20MW of IT capacity and highly efficient mechanical and electrical systems, the data centre is ISO 27001, PCI DSS and SOC 2 (Type 1 & 2) compliant. n