Equinix expands Dutch interconnect footprint with Switch buy

Created April 25, 2019
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Equinix has acquired Switch Datacenters’ AMS1 data centre in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in an all-cash transaction for €30m (US$34m). The facility, which will be renamed Equinix AM11 International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre, is in close proximity to Equinix’s existing campus in south-east Amsterdam.

Switch Datacenters has two other data centres in the Amsterdam area not subject to the transaction. The acquired facility (pictured), Equinix’s ninth data centre in the Amsterdam metro area and the eleventh in the Netherlands, will help meet growing demand for fibre connectivity in the Amsterdam and broader European markets, as businesses continue to build out their digital edge strategies, said Equinix.

Last autumn, Circle B, Rittal and Switch Datacenters launched the first European Open Compute Project (OCP) Experience Center. The Experience Center demonstrates how IT managers at enterprises can benefit from the open source data centre technology hyperscalers like Facebook have put to good use to aid their bottom line.

Equinix’s south-east Amsterdam campus includes AM1, AM2, AM5 and AM7. The acquired AM11 data centre will now be tethered to AM7, enabling customers to easily interconnect with business ecosystems available on Platform Equinix, which includes cloud service providers and content and digital media companies.

Equinix currently operates 200 IBX data centres in 52 markets. Eugene Bergen, president for EMEA Equinix, “Amsterdam is a key interconnection point for Europe, with leading enterprises and cloud service providers making it a primary hub for IT infrastructure.

“Adding interconnection capacity in this market enables local and international customers to leverage Platform Equinix to meet their changing business needs. Whether that is to connect to networks, clouds or content and digital media providers, Equinix is the place to be.”

For more information, visit www.equinix.com




This article was written
by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation