Datacenter.com Deploys Dark Fibre Rings In Amsterdam Region

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Datacenter.com has announced the deployment of multiple dedicated dark fibre rings connecting its first, soon to open flagship data centre in Amsterdam to virtually all colocation data centres in the Amsterdam region. Dutch company Relined Fibre Network will be the first network provider to establish a PoP and supply redundant dark fibre connectivity for the new facility. 

Founded by some hosting industry veterans and accompanying investors, Datacenter.com recently broke ground on its first data centre, Datacenter.com AMS1. Located in one of the world’s most ‘carrier fibre’ dense areas in the Amsterdam South-East business district, Datacenter.com AMS1 is a 137,778ft2 facility being built with scale in mind and modularity as a key component.

AMS1 features a highly energy efficient data centre design. The use of indirect adiabatic cooling combined with innovative heat exchange technology and hot aisle containment results in a calculated, energy efficient pPUE of 1.04. The modularity thus flexibility/scalability of its power and cooling technology would cater to the dynamic needs of a wide range of customers – from start-ups to enterprise scale users.

Relined Fibre Network will establish a Point-of-Presence (PoP) in Datacenter.com AMS1 – providing Datacenter.com with an extensive network, with multiple dedicated dark fibre rings spanning the Amsterdam metropolitan area. The two meet me rooms (MMRs) present in AMS1 provide customers with highly redundant connectivity options.

“We work with the world’s top carriers as well as local metro providers to unlock dark fibre options and meet bandwidth requirements for our customers,” says Jochem Steman, CEO of Datacenter.com.

“Relined is the first carrier to open a PoP in AMS1, connecting the new facility to all other data centres in the Amsterdam metropolitan area and beyond. As a Dutch provider of reliable fibre infrastructure across the Netherlands, Relined is an ideal partner to start with, to interconnect our new facility with other data centres in the region.”

Cloud service providers (CSPs)

Datacenter.com AMS1 will soon be adding new carriers to its blend of carriers available on site. “Extensive, carrier neutral connectivity options are a prerequisite for flexible, cost efficient and reliable deployment of IT infrastructures in our colocation environments,” adds Jochem. “Datacenter.com customers may expect a bit more though, as we’re a quite ambitious colocation company planning to do things differently.”

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Relined Fibre Network will establish a Point-of-Presence (PoP) in Datacenter.com AMS1 – providing Datacenter.com with an extensive network, with multiple dedicated dark fibre rings spanning the Amsterdam metropolitan area.

One feature in Datacenter.com AMS1 that stands out from the crowd is the size of the data centre racks. Almost all data centres have standardised on 48U racks. Not Datacenter.com, which has decided to fill AMS1 with fully enclosed racks of 54U height.

Fortress-like facility

Another feature that might shake up things in the data centre industry is Datacenter.com’s way of presenting itself. “We have paid over $500,000 to be able to utilise one of the most eye-catching and valuable domain names in the world,” comments Jochem. “But it doesn’t stop there. We chose to put our brand name quite large on the facade of the building as well.

“We know that it’s commonplace in the data centre market to keep things low profile for reasons of security,” he adds. “Then again, everyone knows where the Whitehouse and Kensington Palace are, so why not making these data centre premises high profile as well? A fortress-like facility, Datacenter.com AMS1 is even better secured than any palace in the world. And it helps our marketing efforts in a positive way. Not without success, I must say, as the first phase of AMS1 is almost sold out already. Our fast, controlled growth on a global scale means customers will be reaping the benefits of economies of scale while addressing their international colocation needs.”

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