How to find the most trustful data center in the Netherlands

Every data center in the Netherlands claims they will be your best fit and will perform better than their competitors. But what about their proven trust?

How to select the right data center?

For more than 10 years the Netherlands is the best place for European colocation presence. Therefore the country is full of data centers providing all kinds of colocation, connectivity and compute services. As there are a lot of data centers in the Netherlands to choose from. It’s difficult to see which one will fit your infrastructure needs in the long term, especially because only the technical data center specs and uptime are not only good enough anymore. That’s why I wrote this “How to find the most trustful data center” article today, to give you some key differences between to top Dutch data centers in the Amsterdam region. I hope it will add some thoughts to make a better decision finding a trustful data center in the Netherlands.

Data center selection

There are many companies to consider while selecting the right Dutch or Amsterdam data center. It’s impossible to handle them all, but all major ones will be selected by the following criteria:

  1. In the same high-end quality level.
  2. It should be their core business
  3. They have multiple physical locations
  4. The data center will have at least 10MW power capacity
  5. They have at least 25 (FTE) employees
  6. The total amount of international clients hosted in Dutch ground should be at least 100. 

Yes, there are way more data centers out there, but they will probably never be in any colo search selection. The data centers main target audience is international clients who need European colocation presence. From a single rack up to private cooling alleys of racks.

Not good or bad

I think we all agree that none of the mentioned data centers on this page are really bad. So which one you will choose, it always will be good because you can assume that all of them have their perfect power, cooling, generators, support, etc. Their connectivity and carriers will enable you to create your own infrastructure, their on-site support staff will help you with the basics and you can visit the data center whenever you want. It’s like buying a new car. All modern cars from known brands will drive safely, they can all hit the 150kmh speed, etc. etc… Therefore this article and its data center comparison table will focus on the non-technical differences of data centers.

But besides all these data center commodity services, allot of other things will be even more important these days. 2020 is starting the age of trust full of new regulations, where proven “trust” between the client and its supplier is more important than ever.

Colocation in the Netherlands, Amsterdam, or else?

What’s the difference between an Amsterdam data center and a data center in the Netherlands? Well, subjective allot but technically not much. Let me explain, because of its one of the main misconceptions by foreign people. The Netherlands is one of the smallest countries in Europe. Many people outside Europe don’t even know where the Netherlands is located. And even if they do, they have a wrong view in mind because of all worldwide Dutch tourist campaigns where mainly tulips, wind males and the old city of Amsterdam is promoted.

In the ’80s, when the first European data center was build in Amsterdam, many followed because the Dutch government was running the city with an open mentality where international money was welcomed to invest. The main success factor for growth was – and still is – is connectivity, which in part has been aided by macro factors such as location, language, and government regulation.

The interconnection between data center within Amsterdam expanded to other cities, data bridges were build to London, Paris, and Frankfurt, and round 2010 all medium and small cities in the Netherlands where interconnected by many fiber suppliers. There was no difference anymore between any medium-size city because the average fiber length between data centers was always under 100KM. Small data center companies started and become large players on the market. In 2017 the large consolidation started. Cheap investment money bought almost any independent data center. Until this year this train is still moving…

Better than Amsterdam

Another change that is seen is that today, the best connectivity is not available in Amsterdam anymore. Google, Microsoft and smaller ones like Serverius itself are offering better connectivity compared to data centers within the old city-ring of Amsterdam. Simply because they are connected to multiple cities like Amsterdam. Also because not all data-traffic is passing Amsterdam anymore, data-traffic to Frankfurt will flow directly to Germany without the intervention of Germany. And the volume limits of the past are really gone. Looking at our own company, for example, we are the first in the Netherlands who is using 600Gbps per single DWDM wave. No Amsterdam carrier was able to do the same in 2020. Therefore our IP network is still in the top 3 Dutch IP networks and here to stay.

The 100% Dutch obligation, why?!

Due to the many acquisitions in recent years, Dutch data centers are mostly owned by mainly American companies. Some open with their name on it, others hiding by financial structures.

ICT specialists and governmental bodies sent warnings that the US may gain access to more and more Dutch data. I will not start the “right or wrong” discussion here, but it may be clear that in 2020 more and more colocation users are driven by their customers to choose wisely and therefore opt for the precarious and a 100% Dutch data center. So even though a data center cannot access the customer’s data, people are increasingly concerned that foreign identities, in addition to Dutch law, also conform to the law of the country of origin (like the Cloud Act which dictates that American tech companies (‘they don’t even have to have their headquarters there’) must hand over data from servers to US government agencies, even if they are outside the United States). This with all (interception) consequences.

Everyone will understand that the differences between America and a European country such as the Netherlands are large. But don’t forget that even the German law is acting surprisingly because of all its (trade/justice) treaties with the USA. Are we holy in the Netherlands? Nope, but there is certainly a difference where Dutch law gives greater confidence than many other countries.

So 100% Dutch in heart and soul: The data center itself, the owner, the financier, the directors. They must all be included in the assessment to explain to al data stakeholders how their data is treated.

Data center comparison table

Lets see some facts, some numbers to compare. Like said before, I added not much technical specs because there are many websites which can offer you better overviews of this. For example, the Dutch Data center Association is one of them where you can find most technical specification (keep in mind its subjective info because Members fill in their own data). Talking about subjective measurements, also my colocation comparison table will be roughly the same and many considerations can be taken. So it will not be your final guide to find your trustful data center in the Netherlands. But still I’ll hope it will give you some clearance.

  • Registrated name:
  • Amount of available Dutch data centers outside a range of 50KM range:
  • 100% Dutch:
  • Company structure:
  • Owner change:
  • Facility available outside the Netherlands:
  • Data center real estate owned by same company:
  • Data center real estate above sea level:
  • Amount of colocation cabinets:
  • Ability to use more than 10KW power per cabinet by default:
  • Amount of free crossconnects included with a rack:
  • Carrier neutral:
  • Free/incluided IP data transport (layer 2) between data centers:
  • Top 3 Dutch Internet Exchange availability:
  • Free internet connectivity offered by the data center itself (without the intervention of carriers):
  • 24/7 Access:
  • Remote hands by the data center:
  • Free datacenter transfer service included:
  • serverius data center comparison
  • Private company with ordinary structure Holders and ...Serverius B.V.
  • 3
  • Privately owned, partly financed by the Dutch ABN Amro bank
  • Never. Owned by the founders.
  • 1200
  • 2
  • Free, fair use, 250Mbps Layer2/Layer 3 for free.
  • Hardware installation, professional cabling, mainboard/drives/CPU upgrades
  • Equinix data center comparison
  • Equinix (Netherlands) B.V. Other specialist business services Data processing, web hosting and ...Equinix (Netherlands) B.V.
  • 4
  • Investor-owned, financed by a foreign company.
  • Last owner change in 2018 to a real estate investment trust.
  • 6000+
  • 0
  • sending/receiving packages + power resets
  • InterXion data center
  • InterXion Holding InterXion II B.V. Investment funds in financial assets Financial holdings www.interxion.com...InterXion Holding ETX
  • 1
  • Investor-owned, financed by a foreign company Digital Realty.
  • In October 2019, Digital Realty and Interxion announced the acquisition of Interxion by Digital Realty for $8.4 billion to “create a leading global provider of data centre, colocation and interconnection solutions”
  • 4500+
  • 0
  • sending/receiving packages + power resets
  • NothC data center comparison
  • Financial holding companies Private limited company with ordinary structure Holding and financing activities ...NorthC Group B.V.
  • 2
  • Investor owned, financed by foreign country
  • Last owner change in 2020. Now it's owned by an investment company. They bought the former KPN datacenters and Thedatacentergroup data centers and merged them into one company.
  • unknown
  • 0
  • SpeedIX.net is unavailable.
  • sending/receiving packages + power resets
  • datacenter iron mountain amsterdam
  • Iron Mountain Nederland B.V. Data processing, web hosting and related activities www.ironmountain.com Decided ...Iron Mountain Nederland
  • 1
  • New York Stock Exchange financed company.
  • Last owner change in 2018. Past name was Evoswitch.
  • 2000
  • 1
  • SpeedIX.net is unavailable.
  • Hardware installation + simple cabling.
  • DATAPLACE B.V. Financial holding companies Letting of other accommodation Private company with ordinary structure Holding ...Dataplace B.V.
  • 5
  • Investor-owned, financed by a foreign company.
  • Last owner change in 2016 to Eurofiber which is owned by an investment company.
  • partly
  • 700
  • 1
  • partly
  • Hardware installation + default cabling.
  • SmartDC Holding B.V. Financial holding companies Private limited company with ordinary structure Holding activities ...SmartDC Holding B.V.
  • 2
  • Investor-owned, financed by a foreign gaming company Ubisoft.
  • Last owner change in 2018, owned by the gaming company Ubisoft. They bought the former hosting company i3D.net and the SmartDC data centers and merged them into one company.
  • 900
  • 0
  • SpeedIX.net is unavailable.
  • sending/receiving packages + power resets

All of the information above has been added to this table with the available information that can be found on their own website, by searching through the internet and/or by communication by mail or phone in between. If by any case the information is not correct, please provide me with the correct information and I will adjust this table!

Conclusion

In the end, choosing a trustful data center in the Netherlands is your own decision. But when you’re in the deciding process, you should always use your subjective feeling in addition of the data centers is written proof examples and clear agreements. And make your own data center check lists and visit the company and meet all people. Ask them annoying questions about anything else than the technical part. It will bring the colocation service in its right perspective.

Gijs van Gemert, CEO at Serverius.

Questions or remarks? Let me know!

+31(0)657887267 – gijs@serverius.net

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