In 2016, the Amsterdam data center industry grew by 30%. In 2017, it expanded even faster, a trend that is expected to continue into 2018 and beyond. Due to this increased interest by our clients in Amsterdam, earlier this year, we announced the introduction of our Amsterdam data center to the global network of ServerMania data centers.
Amsterdam is an attractive hosting location for cloud and colocation providers – including ServerMania – but what is it about Amsterdam that makes it the ideal hosting location for business data and applications?
In short, Amsterdam offers globally competitive connectivity, privacy, and low-cost power.
Better Connectivity Means Faster Data Transfer
The Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) is one of the largest peering points in the world. In an average second, it handles 3.5 Tb of data, with peaks up to 5.5Tb per second. To put that in context, the SIX exchange in Seattle – the US’s largest exchange – has a maximum throughput of just over a terabyte per second.
The internet is a network of networks. ISPs, CDN providers, and other businesses run the networks that make up the internet. But it wouldn’t be an internet if data couldn’t travel between networks.
Internet exchanges are where the giant world-spanning networks meet. Hundreds of networks peer – directly connect — in Amsterdam, and peering is much faster than other types of connection. The fastest route from A to B on the internet is via an Internet Exchange, and AMS-IX is the biggest in continental Europe.
Amsterdam’s data centers benefit from proximity to the Internet Exchange, and ServerMania clients who host in Amsterdam can take advantage of low-latency connectivity throughout Europe and to the rest of the world.
In Or Out?
There is also a large Internet Exchange in London. One of the reasons Amsterdam is growing so quickly is uncertainty over the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. At the moment, businesses can’t be sure which laws and regulations they will be subject to over the next few years in London.
The Netherlands is not leaving the EU, which makes it a safer bet for building data centers and hosting data and servers.
I’m sure you have heard more than enough about the GDPR over the last few months, and we can tell you that GDPR-compliance is more easily and reliably attained in a nation where the data centers are legally bound to comply.
The Netherlands has strict data privacy rules of its own, in addition to the GDPR. That means company and customer data hosted in Amsterdam are about as safe as it could possibly be.
The major costs associated with cloud hosting, aside from the server and data center space, are power and cooling. In fact, over the life of a server, we may spend more to keep it cool and running than it costs to buy.
Power is less expensive in Amsterdam than in other European cities, and we pass those savings on to our customers. That means you get more server for your money.
ServerMania In Amsterdam
ServerMania’s Amsterdam data center is close to the AMS-IX internet exchange and offers fully redundant connectivity over diverse paths to a wide range of bandwidth providers. ServerMania customers with infrastructure in Amsterdam benefit from unbeatable low-latency connectivity to Europe, the US, and the rest of the world.
As an ISO/IEC 27001 certified facility, data security is of the highest standard, which helps ServerMania customers ensure that their data is safe and secure.
If you would like to know more about the benefits of hosting in Amsterdam, don’t hesitate to book a free consultation today. We’ll help you find the perfect server, guaranteed.