NDC-GARBE building new data centre in Frankfurt
The new facility is located in Hanau, Germany, about 20 kilometres from the , one of Europe’s leading digital exchanges. According to NDC-GARBE, the project is being developed in collaboration with and .
In this week, NDC-GARBE’s managing director, Spyridon Linardakis, noted that the company is proud to have established a “significant footprint in the Frankfurt region,” adding that, “Our focus now is on the execution and delivery in time and on budget.”
The new Hanau data centre is a vertical build, and will encapsulate 10,000 square metres over four floors. The company declined to reveal the facility’s planned capacity at launch - an event scheduled for early 2021 - or its final IT load. NDC-GARBE has, however, assured the public that the facility is being built with the principles of modularity, efficiency, and sustainability in mind, pursuant to the aim of “decarbonising digitalisation.”
In addition to a flexible combination of adiabatic and dry cooling, which the company claims will reduce water wastage aid of achieving an industry leading seasonal WUE score, NDC-GARBE has announced that it will match the facility’s power consumption with clean energy purchase agreements on a year-by-year basis.
“This project is testament to the successful bundle of strengths in both, the data center as well as the real estate sector,” said Peter Pohlschroeder, another managing director at NDC-GARBE. “The retaining market momentum will accelerate our developments in Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, and Hamburg.”
Since the merger between NDC Data Centres and Garbe - which took place in October of 2019 - the company has focused on expanding its footprint in the European data centre market. The company is also working on developments in the majority of Germany’s major cities, including Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich and Hamburg but claims to also be driving renewable energy and storage concepts for data centers in Austria and Sweden.
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.