Top 10 European countries for colocation data centres

- Top 10 - Apr 12, 2017

Where in Europe will you find the most colocation data centres? We take a look at 10 of the most populous nations on the continent, according to research from 

10 Romania (43 colocation data centres)

More than half (22) of Romania’s colocation data centres reside in the capital city, Bucharest, with the rest spread across nine other regions in the country. The Romanian telco sector is being expanded and modernised rapidly, resulting in vastly improved domestic and international service, especially in wireless telephony. This has led to an increase in demand for data centre providers.

9 Russia (47)

Data centres are going nuclear in Russia, with Rosenergoatom in the process of building a nuclear powered data centre in Udomlya. The first phase is expected to come online in March 2017, with the second phase arriving in summer 2018. The estimated cost of the project is some $975 million.

8 Sweden (48)

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the lion’s share of colocation data centres in Sweden are to be found in Stockholm (29). Sweden boasts a highly developed telecommunications infrastructure ranked among leading countries for fixed-line, mobile-cellular, Internet and broadband penetration. Luleå is home to a data centre used by Facebook.

7 Italy (53)

Milan (19) dominates the Italian data centre space, with others evenly spread around the likes of Rome, Florence, Bologna and Turin.

6 Spain (56)

Among Spanish data centre operators is Itconic, the largest Carrier Neutral data centre services provider in Spain and Portugal, operating five top tier data centres. Most of Spain’s data centres are housed in Barcelona (14) and Madrid (19).

5 Switzerland (70)

The safest nation on earth for data storage. Combining independent data from the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Transparency International, Global IntAKE and Control Risk, the new international benchmark from Artmotion examines a range of key security factors - from the quality of digital infrastructure, to political instability, to the potential risk of natural disasters. The benchmark identified Switzerland as the least risky nation for data storage, receiving a “potential risk score” of only 1.6 percent.

4 Netherlands (89)

The Netherlands is one of Europe’s hot-spots when it comes to connectivity and therefore also colocation data centres, due to its central location compared to the large nations in Europe and the fibre routes in to the region. The primary internet exchange is AMS-IX, that is one of the world’s largest and available through multiple facilities in Amsterdam.

3 France (141)

With more than 140 colocation data centres, France is key player in the European market. There are facilities spread out all over the country, but the capital city Paris is also the primary location of the nation’s data centres and internet traffic exchange as well. Paris is also a key location for European networks, with traffic exchanged at for example France-IX, POUIX and SFINX.

2 Germany (182)

In December OVH announced that it is setting up in Germany, where the cloud expert has just acquired a facility. It is the group’s first data centre in this country, and two more are planned over time. With a capacity of about 45,000 servers, this German data centre will be located less than 1 millisecond from Frankfurt. It will benefit, via this PoP, from a direct connection with Brussels, Strasbourg, and Zurich, and then Paris, Amsterdam, London, and Milan. This data centre is expected to be operational in April 2017.

1 UK (239)

London is Europe’s data storage heartland, with more than 70 colocation centres scattered through the UK’s capital. London Docklands is the most attractive location, where the central internet exchanges LINX and LoNAP have their bases. Interestingly, Tariff Consultancy’s recent Datacentre Europe Pricing report has spotted a shift by operators away from inner cities to further afield, citing reasons such as terrorism, real estate costs and power security.

Read the April 2017 issue of Business Review Europe magazine. 

Follow @BizReviewEurope

Like what you see! Signup for our weekly newsletter