It's taken substantial investment, but The Datacenter Group (TDCG) can now lay claim to being the largest 100 percent Dutch data center provider.
The company today announced the acquisition of two data centers from the Rabo Bouwfonds Communication Infrastructure Fund, financing the deal with cash and debt only.
TDCG has now taken over 20,000 square metres of server space and a 30 MegaWatt data center capacity in Amsterdam, Delft, Utrecht, and Rotterdam.
TDCG founder and CEO Siemon van den Berg says the acquisition was a part of the company's goal to answer the growing need for securely storing data on Dutch soil.
“It's quite remarkable that we've been able to grow to our current size surrounded by a plethora of international giants, and that we're still able to finance this expansion with our own funds,” says Van den Berg.
The company has aspirations to continue its expansion with a national network of data centers in all regions of the Netherlands – as of yet there is no talk of international expansion. Currently TDCG has shares in the hands of two holders, with Van den Berg one and internet banking application ‘bunq' founder Ali Niknam the other.
Van den Berg says the implementation of GDPR has seen surging demand from organisations that process privacy sensitive data to ensure their data can be stored under Dutch law.
“For many of our clients, such as Erasmus MC, the municipality of Delft, and pension insurer Brand New Day, it's important to have their data physically close by,” says Van den Berg.
“Thanks to this acquisition we can accommodate clients in the greater Amsterdam region with a data center in their own backyard.
Van den Berg is confident the expansion will pay off into the future, as the company exists as a ‘foundation' of the cloud as many large cloud providers use its data centers and connectivity. On top of this, TDCG offers services directly to organisations that seek a hybrid combination of their own equipment in conjunction with a public or private cloud solution.
“We provide independent and neutral advice about the best route to the cloud. This is one of the reasons our clients like to use us as sparring partner,” Van den Berg concludes.