T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom has announced that it is working on the development of a second European Open Telekom Cloud infrastructure in Amsterdam.

The German global IT services and consulting company is collaborating with local data center operator NLDC which was acquired by a fund managed by Deutsche Bank’s DWS in May, last year. NLDC has also been responsible for managing T-Systems’ data center, equipment and power supply located in Biere, Germany.

“The use of public cloud solutions is increasing considerably due to the increasing digitization, and is expected to triple in the coming five years. Then you need to be able to expand quickly, reliably,” said Sake Algra, Managing Director T-Systems Netherlands.

“The Netherlands and especially Amsterdam has a unique position in Europe as a location for data centers. The excellent infrastructure and professional partner such as NLDC were the deciding factors. We are looking forward to the new cooperation and the possibilities that this will offer our customers.”

Early last year, Telekom announced the reduction of its global data centers by about 85%, reducing the total number from 89 to 13. The company said the transformation was geared towards using optimized cloud infrastructures. Adding that with fewer data centers, the sheer computing power that T-Systems can offer rose by roughly 25%.

In the recent announcement, T-Systems said that the new environment is an extension of the existing Biere cloud infrastructure. The Open Telekom Cloud also offers an alternative to the more closed standards of well-known public cloud providers such as AWS, Azure and Google Cloud, and this alternative is important in ‘Clarifying Overseas Use of Data’ regulation, the company add.

“Although the second Open Telekom Cloud node is intended for customers worldwide, this means extra good news for Dutch customers. For Dutch organizations that require their data to be on Dutch soil, we now offer a very reliable alternative,” said Algra.

According to T-Systems, the first set of customers are expected to use the Amsterdam cloud data center from mid-2020.