Datacenter AM4

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Datacenter AM4

AM4, the new Equinix data center, makes the invisible visible: the huge amount of data that travels on the Cloud is contained in an imposing tower in which 12 server floors facilitate our Internet traffic and data storage 24 hours a day.

The tower with a height of seventy-two meters was opened this summer on the Science Park, an academic campus in Amsterdam. The new building is the second Equinix data center in the science park of Amsterdam. The campus processes about 38 percent of all Dutch data traffic. In Europe, the Amsterdam area, together with London and Frankfurt, is one of the most important hubs in the data center.

The Netherlands was the first European country to be connected to the Internet. Data centers have existed here since 1988; the first was at the center of Mathematics & Informatics, also on the Science Park in Amsterdam. Previously, data centers were not prominent buildings in our environment, but anonymous boxes in remote industrial areas. Due to the emergence of cloud and big data services, the data center market continues to grow exponentially. This sector, one of the strongest pillars of the Dutch economy, is now essential in our society.

Designing data centers was a paradoxical task, according to architect Joost Vos: "Buildings had to adapt to their surroundings, they must be attractive, but not too welcoming, we all want our personal data to be safe, but we feel inconvenient on the big data centers of our cities, because we do not want fortress-like buildings surrounded by high-security fences in public spaces ". AM4 is equipped with energy storage systems. When heat is generated, it provides heat for other buildings in the Amsterdam Science Park.


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