Data center operator Global Switch, has today announced the commencement of construction on the first stage of a new data center in Amsterdam.

Adding to the company’s campus capacity, the new 32,000 square meter data center will be built adjacent to Global Switch existing Amsterdam West facility in the Slotervaart/Overtoomseveld district, bringing the campus facility area to 73,000 square meters.  Upon completion of all stages of the new data center, the utility power supply capacity will increase by 40MVA, which adds up the campus total to 72MVA.

As announced, the new data center will be targeting an annualized design Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of less than 1.2 and a BREEAM “Very Good” certification. In addition, Global Switch promises to offer its customers 100% green energy, as part of its comprehensive Energy Management Programme.

“We are continuing to see demand for high quality, resilient and energy efficient data centers providing multiple connectivity options particularly from global hyperscale cloud providers looking for highly experienced data center operators, such as Global Switch, as well as demand from European, US and Asian customers. We are therefore delighted to have now started construction of Global Switch Amsterdam East which will be our fourteenth data center,” said John Corcoran, CEO of Global Switch.

How about the halt order for Amsterdam new data center development?

Global Switch new facility appears not to be impacted by the recent moratorium on granting new data center planning consents, as the company stated that its eastern facility is a known project with Gemeente Amsterdam (City of Amsterdam), and falls out of the scope of data centers impacted either by the widely announced ‘building stop’ or affected by power availability across the Metropolitan Region of Amsterdam.

“It is very exciting to be announcing this substantial addition of world class technical data center capacity to our Amsterdam campus, particularly at a time when there is a permit stop for new data center developments in the city and a shortage in power availability in some places of the Amsterdam Metro Area,” said Jasper Lankhorst, managing director of Global Switch Amsterdam.

“With the acceleration of the digital economy, Global Switch Amsterdam East will provide an Open Compute Platform ready environment enabling customers to deploy at scale both with speed and cost effectively. As with all our data centers, customers will also benefit from bespoke data center solutions, as well as a highly resilient and secure space for housing mission-critical IT equipment.”

On the hopeful side for other data center providers, the halt in new data center construction imposed on Amsterdam and adjoining Haarlemmermeer municipality is now expected to end very soon with the approval of a new policy.