2018 was a pivotal turning point for e-shelter in its nearly 20-year history as a leading data center provider in the DACH region. 2018 marked a year where e-shelter began its expansion outside of its historical operating area of Germany, Austria and Switzerland; countries where it had planted the seeds of success in major industrial cities and digital infrastructure hubs. But 2018 revealed a new goal for the company, full of exciting challenges and rewarding opportunities – to expand from a leading data center operator within the DACH region and to grow into a leading data center operator throughout Europe.
Amsterdam became a natural choice for e-shelter’s first steps into a non-German speaking market as the Netherland’s capital makes up one of the core FLAP data center markets of Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam, and Paris. These markets are characterized by growing data center activity supported by robust digital infrastructures. The Amsterdam market was particularly attractive as overall data center demand for the coming years is expected to be very strong. Plans for the construction of the e-shelter Amsterdam 1 Data Center were officially announced at the end of March 2018 and since then, building has continued at a blistering pace. Located in Schiphol-Rijk, Amsterdam Data Center 1 is close to the city center and will deliver nearly 40 MW of power across 16,000 sqm of colocation space when fully completed. The first phase of this data center is scheduled for operations in the first half of this year.
e-shelter’s Amsterdam 1 Data Center is scheduled to open in April 2019
By early 2018, e-shelter had already established roots in two FLAP markets – Frankfurt where its headquarters are located and where growth plans continued with the announcement of another campus, the 24,000 sqm Frankfurt 4 Data Center, and then Amsterdam. But the company was not done expanding both within and outside of DACH. In October of last year, e-shelter announced plans to construct its first data center campus in London, London Data Center 1, a facility capable of 24,000 sqm of IT space and 60 MW of IT load. Located in Dagenham, East London, the first phase of the campus is targeted to open in late 2019 / early 2020.
While London 1 Data Center is e-shelter’s first construction in the UK, the company is already operating five data centers in the London area with Gyron. NTT Communications, the parent company of both e-shelter and Gyron, bought the remaining shares of the latter company in 2018 to own 100%. In an initiative to create a pan-European data center platform, Gyron integrated with e-shelter and together, with the development of the new London 1 Data Center, e-shelter will operate an interconnected network across the city with over 100 MW of IT load capacity.
2018 marked an exciting year for e-shelter. Customers, partners, and employees all played key roles in encouraging, supporting, and executing the company’s European expansion plans. Participating within an industry of strong growth and exciting technological developments (that further contribute to the data center business), e-shelter welcomes 2019 as another year of ambitious developments.