Green Datacentre begins construction of second Zurich campus
The project, named the Zurich Metro Campus, is located in the town of Dielsdorf, about nine miles north of Zurich. Green Datacentre has revealed it is investing 500mn Swiss Francs (about $561.5mn) into the multi-stage construction project, with the first building phase scheduled to begin in Q1 of 2021, and the first data centre halls expected to come online in Q1 of 2022.
The company has revealed that several of its key anchor clients have already agreed to come on board.
The campus will be home to three large-scale, high-density data centres, and have a total footprint of more than 46,000 square metres - an area roughly equal to Times Square in New York.
Green Datacentre is focusing on maintaining an “excellent PUE” across the facilities, which will have a high power density of more than 25 kilowatts per rack, as a way to target customers in the hyperscale cloud industry.
In a statement to the press, Green Datacentre indicated that the campus is an embodiment of its sustainable ambitions. With more data centre operators throughout Europe pushing for a goal of carbon neutrality by 2030, Green Datacentre is using airflow simulations and advanced cooling systems in order to keep consumption low.
The company has reportedly reached an arrangement with the local district heating authority in order to funnel excess heat from the campus in order to heat local homes.
Green Datacentre is also ensuring the project is beneficial to the local economy, with the site scheduled to include three office buildings, commercial areas and green zones, as well as direct access to public transport links into Zurich and throughout the local municipality. Excess capacity in these office buildings (which are also being used to house the company’s own complement of staff) will be rented out to local businesses.
In order to contribute to the upskilling of the local workforce, Green Datacentre is also expanding its apprenticeship program and providing instruction for trainees in the areas of business administration, computer science, cooling engineering and electrical installation.
Prior to the announcement of the Zurich Metro Campus project, Green Datacentre operated five facilities in the Zurich metro area, including an 8MW expansion of its Zurich West campus, with additional plans for three more 11MW data centres on the site.
The Zurich Metro Campus project will make Green Datacentre the first Swiss operator to run two fully-developed cloud hosting locations, further bolstering the geo-redundancy its portfolio and “making Switzerland even more attractive as a data location for both local and international companies.”
Equinix: Digital leaders expect changes to working patterns
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 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.