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The Northern Netherlands is an emerging energy hotspot, due to the realization of a number of energy generation plants in Eemshaven. In the near future, a total capacity of 8,000 MW will be generated in a power mix of both renewable (green) and fossil energy. Either energy derived from gas or coal fired generation plants, or green energy, such as biomass or wind turbines, will be supplied by several providers and thus creating a secure power supply for business consumers.
Another option is using electricity from hydro power plants in Norway, which is transported via the NorNed submarine energy cable system to Eemshaven (www.tennet.org).
Other than greenfield business locations, a pool of well-trained and available IT staff, a secure environment and a redundant energy grid, the Northern Netherlands has another crucial aspect for data center operations: A reliable high speed infrastructure is an important part of the favorable data center investment climate. The Groningen Internet Exchange (www.gn-ix.net) is the hub for broadband connectivity and internet services in the Northern Netherlands. It offers direct peering, inter-connection and housing facilities to internet Access and Service Providers. Eemshaven is the end point for a transatlantic submarine fibre optic cable, with connections on to Amsterdam, London and Hamburg. This was an important determinant in Google’s decision process to host its European server farm in the Groningen area.
Data Centers in the Northern Netherlands
Google, ATOS, KPN, Data Center Friesland, CJIB, Netwizard, DUO.
Tata Communications Tyco submarine cable, University of Groningen Center for High Performance Computing and Visualisation, TNO Information and Communication Technology, Sensor Universe and Energy Valley.
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