— 14 November 2017
Germany is the third largest data center market in the world with over 400 facilities (following USA and UK).
It looks likely that the influx of DCs to Germany will continue unabated. The stringent German data protection regulations and the legal certainty this offers compared to other countries means that companies are willing to overlook the disadvantage of the country’s high energy costs, which are about twice as high in Germany as, for example, in the Netherlands. Since not many sites meet the criteria required for hosting DCs, apart from Frankfurt, they are located mainly in Hamburg, Cologne, Bonn, Munich and Nuremberg.
Frankfurt’s data center sector has a powerful networking presence, particularly to the east and west of the central business district and a recent report indicated that Frankfurt achieved a staggering 3.2MW of data center power demand in the first quarter of this year.
Equinix, Interxion and Global Switch are the dominant data center operators based on the connectivity of their respective data center facilities located in the city.
In July this year, Interxion announced that it would be investing €211m to expand its EU presence with 123,000 sqf of new data center space in both Frankfurt and Marseille.
“Interxion’s Frankfurt campus is one of the largest internet hubs in Europe. Demand for our services in Frankfurt continues to outpace supply, and we are expanding our campus to meet our customers’ growing needs.” David Ruberg, CEO, Interxion
All this activity is certainly keeping our German desk very busy!
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