HOLLAND; DIGITAL GATEWAYIn Europe, having high speed internet access is now very common. Almost everywhere in Europe people and organizations go online via fixed and/or mobile broadband. The underlying infrastructure that makes it all possible to surf the web is called the digital infrastructure. The infrastructure that makes the internet work.
The digital infrastructure is the combined fixed and mobile access networks, data centers, cloud & hosting providers, domain name registrars, internet exchanges, content delivery networks, etc.
Part of the digital infrastructure are international digital hubs, these are only present in a few countries around the world. These digital hubs are international intersections of connectivity and are the key commercial multi-tenant data center markets.
Digital hubs consist of international backbone-, fiber- and IP-carriers, data centers, internet exchanges and major cloud providers. They have developed into an unique ecosystem of infrastructure, customers and suppliers.
The Netherlands is one of the most important Digital Hubs in the World. The Digital Gateway to Europe is centered around the Metro Region of Amsterdam. In the Netherlands it is seen as the 3th international hub, Mainport, next to the Port of Rotterdam and Schiphol Airport.
Near the Digital Gateway
For companies less dependent on latency or the need of being next to the special digital hub ecosystem, just being outside the Amsterdam region is good enough and in almost all the cases still better than anywhere else in Europe. As the Netherlands is a small country, this immediately means basically all of the Netherlands. Notable data center hot spots are: Rotterdam, Groningen and Eindhoven for commercial data centers.
Apart from multi-tenant data centers, the Netherlands is also home to hyperscale data centers. Main campuses are Agriport, north of Amsterdam and Eemshaven, Groningen in the north of the Netherlands.