Last year, total data center floor space in the Netherlands grew 20%, according to new research conducted by Pb7 Research and commissioned by branch organization Dutch Data Center Association. It is a strong increase compared to last year’s growth figure of 9%. Most of these data centers are located in the Amsterdam area and further strong growth is expected, but data center operators in the Amsterdam region are concerned about continuity in their power supply and finding new locations for their facility expansion plans.

The Netherlands is one of the world’s most important Internet and data hubs. Other important data hubs in Europe include London, Frankfurt and Paris. 72% of all data centers in the Netherlands are located in the Amsterdam area. Looking forward, Pb7 Research continues to anticipate more strong growth in the market. As stated in the annual ‘State of the Dutch Data Centers’ report, in total they have identified plans for another 179.600m2 of data center space over the next 12 months. Most of the additions, 88%, are expected to occur in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA). It means that the importance of the AMA in the overall data center landscape in the Netherlands will increase even further. Last year, 71% of all data floor space was located in and around Amsterdam (Amsterdam, Almere, Aalsmeer, Haarlem, Hoofddorp/Schiphol, Purmerend).