The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area’s (AMA’s) moratorium on building new data centers in the city of Amsterdam, imposed in 2019, is finally over. With the possibility of new facilities on the horizon, what does the digital future look like for “The Venice of the North”? These regional decisions and developments may offer a glimpse into a range of issues affecting cities everywhere in the digital age.
Data center investment is poised to ramp up
AMS-IX, as part of Amsterdam’s Science Park, is one of the world’s largest internet exchanges. Amsterdam is also a prime landing spot for undersea and fiber optic cables from North America. Alongside Frankfurt, London and Paris, Amsterdam has been a part of the “location quartet” of hubs for decades, serving as one of Europe’s network ecosystem leaders.
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