Recent upbeat reports on the state of the Dutch data center industry echo our own experience in 2017. They give us and our customers and partners an excellent basis for a positive outlook for 2018.  

Eric Boonstra, CEO, EvoSwitch

According to a CBRE report in August, European data center growth in 2017 was faster than ever before, particularly in London and Amsterdam. Power demand from the four main European data centre hubs of London, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam exceeding 1000 MW for the first time ever, and an amazing fifth of all supply in these markets was expected to come online this year.


This is quite remarkable growth. Mitul Patel, Head of EMEA Data Centre Research at CBRE, put the growth in context: “…in the six quarters prior to 2016 we saw 90MW of new supply and 91MW of take-up. In the six quarters since, we have seen 204MW of new supply and 212MW of new take-up.”

In the last few weeks, a Digital Gateway to Europe report focused more closely on the Netherlands. Key drivers that keep the Netherlands in the top ten data hubs in the world are:

  • Low-latency access to over 500 million customers
  • Quality and choice of connectivity infrastructure, with continued government investment
  • Stability of the energy grid and ready availability of renewable power
  • Advanced cloud adoption (36%; one of Europe’s top four adopters of cloud services)
  • Investment in and expansion of ecosystems across networks, hyperscalers, cloud and hosting firms, start-ups and multinationals


These are just some of the factors that have kept the average annual growth in Dutch data centers at 17.5% over the last six years. It reflects our experience accurately. In our facilities we have seen aggressive customer expansions and new businesses arriving to sign up to OpenCloud, accelerating our own expansion plans (look out for more on this in the New Year!). And there has been evidence of mature, long-term commitment to growth, with multiple new initiatives to enhance interconnection, security and sustainability.

So, while nobody knows what the future holds, and there are certainly plenty of challenges ahead, I am delighted to say that 2017 has been a bumper year, and the future is looking good for colocation and the cloud in the Netherlands.

Further Reading

CBRE mid-year market report

State of the Dutch Data Hub:

Eric Boonstra is the CEO of EvoSwitch. His focus on attracting international customers to EvoSwitch has been helped by his multi-sectoral experience, which includes senior management roles in Siemens, Staples and ABN AMRO View full bio