Colocation and cloud specialist Terremark (news, filings) [a subsidiary of Verizon (NYSE:VZ, news, filings)] is planning a NAP of Amsterdam, leasing some 25K square feet from inside the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Area. Digital Realty Trust (NYSE:DLR, news, filings) will develop the infrastructure under a build-to-suit contract. The new facility will feature massive connectivity with the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) via a peering node to be established.
The location within the Schiphol area is no accident it seems, as the Schiphol Group will be an anchor customer. Schiphol Group is the owner and operator of this and several other airports in the region, and is clearly putting in place the datacenter infrastructure it will need for the future.
Terremark has spent much of its effort of late in Virginia south of the DC area, so it's interesting to see them make another move in Europe. The new facility will act as a hub for Terremark's European operations, which may imply further expansion down the road on the continent. They already have infrastructure in London, Brussels, Madrid, and Istanbul.
The new Amsterdam facility is scheduled to go live in Terremark's fiscal Q4/2011, which in English means (I think) before next Spring, and Digital Realty has also announced the acquisition of the land in question. Terremark retains options to add two additional facilities totalling another 50K square feet on adjacent land.