Europe hots up cool data centres

Wednesday 12th April 2017
New Nordics Data Centre

As Nordics Internet Exchange launches a new Optical IX service to offer Netnod customers unparalleled connectivity options, redundancy, and control over their traffic, Amsterdam-based 3W Infra migrates its IaaS Infrastructure and having grown its dedicated servers from 3,000 to 4,000 in second half 2016,  is now migrating its complete IaaS infrastructure to a newly commissioned Data Centre, configured for high-redundancy in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

3W Infra is a fast-growing global IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) provider that has grown servers under management from 3,000 to 4,000  during the second half of 2016 and announces the migration of its complete IaaS infrastructure to a newly commissioned Data Centre, configured for high-redundancy in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The migration to this new data hall is part of an infrastructural upgrade to support 3W Infra’s rapid customer growth. 

The service provider has migrated its IaaS infrastructure, including dedicated servers and network infrastructure to a new Data Hall within Switch Datacenters’ Amsterdam-based data center complex, Switch AMS1. The new centre features a highly energy-efficient design through the use of indirect (right) adiabatic cooling technology and hot aisle containment (calculated pPUE = 1.04). Its efficiency and highly redundant 2N power configuration would cater to the uptime needs of customers with demanding applications including enterprises, cloud providers, gaming companies, and financials.

Designed for flexibility and scalability, this new data centre hall in Switch AMS1 offers an extended capacity of about 400 data centre racks and enables 3W Infra to offer companies considerable growth perspective. Scalable power modules starting at 5 Ampere per cabinet up to 25 Ampere for high-density requirements (scalable steps of Ampere) are aimed at a wide range of customer types - from startups to enterprises and companies with demanding applications. 3W Infra expects to complete its phased data centre infrastructure migration at the end of April 2017.

ISO 27001, 100% Uptime Guarantee
“The 2N power configuration gives 3W Infra customers a robust 100% uptime guarantee instead of the 99,999% we had before,” said Roy Premchand,  3W Infra MD (left)  “The easy-scalable power modules available onsite allow our clients to grow their power infrastructure in a cost-efficient way. They can start with 5 Ampere and grow their infrastructure with 5 Ampere each time they need to add more power for their equipment.  Power, cabling, security…really all data centre infrastructure included in this newly built data hall is very robust,” he adds.  “The robustness and high security features will help us meet ISO 27001 requirements, as we’re currently aiming to achieve ISO/IEC 27001 certification for Information Security Management.”

OCP Specifications
The newly commissioned data hall in Amsterdam, Switch AMS1, is one of the first colocation data centres in Europe suitable for Open Rack Systems based on OCP (Open Compute Project) principles. That originates with Facebook, while companies like Intel and Microsoft joined the OCP in earlier stages.  A variety of industry giants joined the OCP later on, including Google, Cisco, IBM, NetApp, Lenovo, Ericsson, and AT&T. It means that Switch AMS1 is modern premises well suited for housing OCP-specified equipment based on open standards. Its infrastructural efficiency would also be a good fit for 3W Infra’s ‘pure-play’ IaaS business regarding the delivery of traditional, highly customized dedicated server technology, colocation services and IP Transit.

Fast Growing Company 
3W Infra has published the results of its latest server count and now has 4,000 dedicated servers under management, 1,000 more than half a year ago. Quite a young company (founded in 2014), 3W Infra showed significant growth in the second half of 2016. 3W Infra’s jump-start growth was triggered by the company’s ‘pure-play’ IaaS hosting approach, where cloud delivery is left to customers. 3W Infra’s high-volume transit-only network with global reach, and its ability to deliver highly customised IT infrastructures are also part of 3W Infra’s success in growing at such a fast pace, according to Premchand.

“We expect to continue our exponential growth rate, as we have quite some large sales opportunities in our sales pipeline,”  he added. “A variety of potential customers has shown interest in the new data hall already, companies with extensive and complex infrastructures I must say, but they were waiting until we have finished our migration processes.”

Founded in 2014 by some Internet and hosting industry veterans, 3W Infra is a ‘pure-play’ Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) hosting provider headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The company’s enterprise-grade hosting solutions - tailored to the specific needs of each customer - are engineered for scalability and cost-efficiency, with cloud-enabling services including colocation, dedicated servers, IP Transit, and high-level customer support. These solutions come with its Remote Hands engineering service at the world’s main Internet hubs of Amsterdam, Frankfurt and London.

As a fast-growing company aiming for sustainable growth, 3W Infra serves an array of different customer types with a variety of needs. The company has a significant amount of colocation customers, 4,000 dedicated servers under management, while its global network now exceeds 160 Gbps  of available bandwidth. 3W Infra’s customer base includes some of the largest Internet, broadcasting and cloud services companies in Europe and beyond.



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