Feb 23, 2021

DigiPlex is building a 110,000 sqm campus near Copenhagen

Data Centres
construction
Sustainability
Nordics
Harry Menear
2 min
The campus will comprise five data centres powered by renewable energy, and use waste heat to warm nearby homes
The campus will comprise five data centres powered by renewable energy, and use waste heat to warm nearby homes...

Leading Nordic data centre operator DigiPlex has announced a major expansion of its Danish operations. The company announced plans on Monday to construct a hyperscale data centre campus in Høje-Taastrup, on the outskirts of Copenhagen. 

DigiPlex has acquired a 110,000 square metre plot of land near the city, with plans to build five new data centres on the site. 

Although the company has declined to share any details as to when the campus will become operational, it claims to have secured enough 100% renewable energy to support the site’s first phase, and that it has the option to increase its power purchase agreement to as much as 100 MW as demand increases and the facility grows in response. 

“We are seeing huge interest in sustainable data centre development in the Nordic region and continue to invest to capitalise on this trend. The acquisition of this major plot, plus the Norwegian land acquisition we announced last month, further strengthens DigiPlex ability to rapidly meet the need for data centre capacity from hyperscalers as well as local and international businesses requiring ultra-sustainable, cost effective colocation facilities,” said Wiljar Nesse, CEO of DigiPlex. 

He added that, in addition to closing the necessary power agreements, DigiPlex has received approval for its access to the local water table, and its buildings have cleared regulatory channels. 

The campus is ready to begin construction and DigiPlex is reportedly in conversation with a number of international customers who plan to colocate in the available space. 

In order to further reduce the site’s impact on local water usage, DigiPlex is building a lake nearby to collect rainwater which will then be used to help cool the campus’ data centres. The lake will also provide the nearby area with a stormwater basin to protect the local community from flooding. 

The campus is also expected to benefit the local community in other ways. Plans are currently in place to connect the campus with the local residential area, in order to pipe waste heat underground to heat surrounding homes. 

“We are very happy to welcome DigiPlex to Høje-Taastrup. Their data centre campus will not only bring jobs, but also add value to the municipality. DigiPlex… will create development and invest in our local infrastructure and ecosystem,” commented the Mayor of Høje-Taastrup, Michael Ziegler.

DigiPlex currently operates seven data centres across the Nordics. 

Currently, the company is constructing an additional data centre, and recently bought a large parcel of land outside Oslo for the construction of a new campus with the potential to reach 160,000 square metres in size, powered by 200 MW of renewable energy.  

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May 13, 2021

Equinix: Digital leaders expect changes to working patterns

covid-19
DigitalTransformation
DigitalInfrastructure
Interconnection
3 min
A report released by Equinix has revealed that digital leaders expect long-term changes to how and where people will work.

A global report released by Equinix has revealed that digital leaders expect long-term changes to the way people work. 

As part of the report, the data infrastructure company surveyed 2,600 IT decision-makers from several different businesses spanning 26 countries in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions. The study also highlighted the biggest technology trends affecting global businesses and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted digital infrastructure plans. 

Talking about companies’ expansion strategies, Claire Macland, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Equinix, said: “Many companies are now investing more in their digital infrastructure to enable them to embrace a hybrid working model and thrive in the new world of work we all find ourselves in. 

“Despite headwinds in many sectors, many organizations are continuing to expand physically and virtually into new markets and regions around the world”, she said. 

The findings

The report drew the following conclusions: 

 

  • 64% of the 2,600 digital leaders surveyed believed there will be “long-term changes to both how and where people will work in the future.
  • 57% of global companies intend to expand into new regions despite the effects of the pandemic 
  • 51% of businesses worldwide say they have rearchitected their IT infrastructure so that it can meet the demands of remote and hybrid working. Digital transformation has also been accelerated due to an increase in businesses’ technology budgets. 

 

How might digital transformation be affected post-pandemic? 

COVID-19 has demanded that companies make several changes to the way that they operate, including digital transformation. According to the study, 47% of those surveyed reported that they have accelerated their digital transformation plans because of the Coronavirus pandemic. A further 42% of organisations said their budgets have increased to keep up with the growth of digital transformation. 

Another change in adapting to the pandemic was to businesses’ IT strategies with six in 10 companies saying that it has been revised in response to the situation. 58% said they are looking to invest in technology to “improve agility’ post-COVID. 

When asked about their priorities for their digital strategy, 80% of respondents said that digitising their infrastructure was of utmost importance, while 57% viewed interconnection as a ‘key facilitator’ of digital transformation. 

"This increasing focus on digitization and expansion is one of the reasons why Equinix has continued to invest in its own growth. We completed 16 new expansions in 2020—our most active build year ever—and expect to continue to evolve Platform Equinix to support our customers as they continue on their digital transformation journey”, said Claire Macland. 

Potential concerns disperse over expansion plans being halted by COVID-19 

The study has also revealed that organisations’ previous concerns that the pandemic will negatively affect their business expansion plans have been lessened. 

57% of businesses have said that they “still have plans” to expand into new regions and of that percentage, nearly two-thirds (63%) plan to do so virtually instead of investing in physical IT infrastructure. 

The full Equinix report can be found here. 


 

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