Infotech Lead America: Equinix’ third International Business Exchange data center in Amsterdam is live now.
The interconnection and data center company said the new facility will enable customers to reach the entire continent from a single location.
The Amsterdam unit houses Internet exchanges such as AMS-IX and NL-ix. It can reach 80 percent of Europe within 50 milliseconds.
Moreover, enterprise customers can interconnect with companies that define the European digital economy: networks, Internet exchanges, content and cloud providers. AM3 Science Park Amsterdam offers them a new digital gateway to Europe.
Equinix said the new facility uses Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES) in the ground instead of mechanical cooling, excess heat will be used to warm the buildings nearby. These and other sustainable technologies realize significant energy savings, allowing customers to reduce their CO2 footprint significantly.
“Green IT and energy efficiency are increasingly becoming decisive factors for organizations when choosing a data center. Environmental legislation is becoming more stringent and energy costs are rising, as is the importance that consumers and companies attach to sustainability,” said Michiel Eielts, director, Equinix Netherlands.
“We need to boost our competitiveness to grow our way out of the crisis. We need to find new, interesting jobs for a generation at risk of unemployment. And increasingly, in a time of climate change, we need to do things more sustainably. The Internet and ICT can deliver all of those things. This launch today is exactly what we need in Europe,” said Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European Commission and Commissioner for the European Digital Agenda.
Recently, Equinix opened its newest data center in Shanghai (SH5). The new center will address the demand premium data center services in China from global customers looking to expand in the market.