In a very interesting move, Amsterdam’s EvoSwitch is doing something we haven’t seen often (if at all) from European data center operators. They’re expanding across the Atlantic with the announcement of a big new data center in Northern Virginia this morning.
EvoSwitch will be opening its new WDC1 facility on January 1, 2013 with 27% of the first phase already sold out. It will be located in Manassas, where EvoSwitch has signed a long term lease at COPT’s DC-6 facility. The first phase will feature 3MW worth of capacity, with the eventual scope reaching 20MW and 100,000 square feet.
Since its founding in 2006, EvoSwitch has been focused on its single market of Amsterdam, where it operates 10,000 square meters of space with room for expansion to 40,000 square meters. Now that they’ve broken out of the Netherlands, it seems likely that the company will have other targets on its radar. There are surely other targets closer to home they could have considered (and still might), so the fact that their first expansion was to a new continent may be significant.
To take on the DC colocation market, EvoSwitch will look to repeat its successful European-style data center business model. That means a strong emphasis on the twin pillars of energy efficiency and proximity to carrier neutral internet exchange points, such as AMS-IX in Amsterdam. Actually, given AMS-IX’s recent interest in the US and elsewhere, I wouldn’t be suprised if they themselves take root in EvoSwitch’s new facility.