Global Switch begins construction of new Frankfurt data centre

By Tom Wadlow
Global Switch, a data centre services provider with a strong presence across Europe and Asia Pacific, has broken ground on a new bu...

Global Switch, a data centre services provider with a strong presence across Europe and Asia Pacific, has broken ground on a new build in Frankfurt, expanding its existing site in the German financial capital.

The project, Frankfurt North, will cost around $130mn to complete and site adjacent to Global Switch’s existing Frankfurt South data centre, which will be renovated to complement the exterior of the new building.

When complete in 2019 it will offer 11,000sqm of gross space and 14MVA of utility power, doubling the capacity of the campus.

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John Corcoran, CEO of Global Switch, said: “Frankfurt North will be our 13th data centre and is part of a major expansion strategy in existing and new markets across Europe and Asia-Pacific with additional developments underway, including Hong Kong and Singapore.”

The facility is expected to achieve a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of less than 1.2, and will be targeting a BREEAM "Very Good" certification.

Among the initial wave of customers signing up is Daily-Tech, a key partner of Chinese giant China Telecom Global.

Aman Khan, Managing Director for Global Switch Frankfurt, added: “Frankfurt North has been designed as a market leading, energy efficient data centre offering customers scalable and flexible solutions which can be adapted to individual requirements.

“Customers will benefit from 100% green energy and, due to the low PUE that the data centre will achieve, an extremely attractive total cost of occupation.”

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