Opening Data Tower 7.7 Megawatt

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This week Nina Tellegen, director of the Amsterdam Economic Board, opened the Amsterdam Data Tower located at the Sciencepark. She is pleased with the tower as it strengthens the ecosystem and expands the data storage capacity with 7.7 megawatt.

According to Tellegen: 'Digital connectivity is one of the 5 urban challenges the board works on. To become one of the most innovative regions of Europe we do need datatowers such as the one built by digital realty that we are about to open.'

This week Nina Tellegen, director of the Amsterdam Economic Board, opened the Amsterdam Data Tower located at the Sciencepark. She is pleased with the tower as it strengthens the ecosystem and expands the data storage capacity with 7.7 megawatt.

According to Tellegen: 'Digital connectivity is one of the 5 urban challenges the board works on. To become one of the most innovative regions of Europe we do need datatowers such as the one built by digital realty that we are about to open.

The high digital connectivity makes Amsterdam a very attractive location and a European data hotspot – from Amsterdam companies can reach 80% of Europe in just 50 miliseconds. The Amsterdam metropolitan area houses almost 70 datacenters, and this number is growing fast. With 13% increase in capacity in 2015 we’re outpacing our European competitors – Frankfurt and London. The Amsterdam Science Park is a jewel for the region. More than 90 companies are based here and the presence of the Amsterdam Internet Exchange is an important factor in the decision of other companies to establish their business here. The combination of beta science knowledge institutes and initiatives such as SURFsara and the Netherlands science Center make this into a very vibrant and innovative area of which Amsterdam can be very proud.

More and more international companies discover the power of the Dutch digital infrastructure and enter the European market via Amsterdam. This data tower forms an important expansion and strengthens the eco-system. We need to cherish this eco-system as international competition is fierce. Herein lies a responsibility for companies and governments together, too long datacenters and related digital infrastructure has been seen as a business matter only. Recently the Dutch parliament appointed the digital infrastructure as our third national mainport – just like Schiphol Airport and the Port of Rotterdam. So we’re making good progress, now we need to join forces to really use this momentum to make it part of our national DNA.'


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