Google to build large data center along A7 in North-Holland

Google to build large data center along A7 in North-Holland

In the coming years there will be a second Google data center in the Netherlands. This data centre will be built along the A7 in the municipality of Hollands Kroon in North Holland. This municipality has issued the necessary environmental permit for this, no decisive objections have been submitted by the residents.

The location that Google has chosen for the second data centre is in an area that is mainly known for its greenhouses. Google may want to reuse the residual heat from the data center by supplying it to the greenhouses in the area. As mentioned before, this will be Google’s second data center in the Netherlands. At this moment Google already has a large location in use in the Eemshaven in Groningen. From there, various Google services are provided, as well as the company’s business cloud activities.

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, bought 70 hectares of land in Holland Kroon earlier this year, enough for the construction of a large data centre. Furthermore, Alphabet and Google make no statements about the exact plans and what this data center will be used for. However, it is obvious that Google will use this data center for the same purposes and within the Dutch region there will be an availability zone from Hollands Kroon. Enterprise customers are not in favour of availability zones that are within a short distance of each other. They prefer to see dozens of kilometres between them, which does not seem to be the case with Google at the moment.

The tech giant from Mountain View is not the first to have a data centre between the greenhouses. Microsoft has already built data centres in the same environment.

This news article was automatically translated from Dutch to give a head start. All news articles after September 1, 2019 are written in native English and NOT translated. All our background stories are written in native English as well. For more information read our launch article.