Microsoft, Apple looking to set up data centers in The Netherlands

Microsoft and Apple are reportedly planning to set up multi-million dollar data centers in parts of The Netherlands over the coming years to facilitate cloud services.

Various media outlets are reporting that tech giants Apple and Microsoft are entering the The Netherlands with a view of setting up large data centers in order to support the increasing load on cloud services in the European region.

Apple is looking at developing a data centre in the port of Eemshaven according to claims by local sources and the port authority's multi-year plan which includes mention of a new company setting up base in the area. Eemshaven, which is the endpoint of a major transatlantic fibre optic cable network, is already home to one of Google's server farms.

Microsoft, on the other hand is planning to set up their datacenter in province of Noord-Holland, with a massive investment of $2.7 billion (2 billion euros). The company has scouted 40 acres of land near the A7 highway for a green data center. The datacenter will be powered by energy created in the greenhouses which has been pioneered by Microsoft. Microsoft offered the contract to The Netherlands after talks with numerous European countries. The decision makes sense considering that Microsoft already has a data center dedicated to Windows Azure services in Amsterdam.

Source: DutchNews | Data center image via Shutterstock

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I think it has something to do with the tax system there. Its 25% for business tax but it has an exemption; income attributable to a foreign business enterprise.

Big companies love the tax loopholes.

Yup, its why a lot of main cooperate offices in Europe are located in either Netherlands or Ireland As we both have similar cooperate loopholes that drag in billions of euro's we otherwise would've missed.

How does it make sense for the second one to also be in the Netherlands... I would think it makes more sense to have another one in another country.

Jarrichvdv said,
How does it make sense for the second one to also be in the Netherlands... I would think it makes more sense to have another one in another country.

Money. If apple is building one there too I would suspect that they are getting some deal from the government to make it worth their while.

pack34 said,

Money. If apple is building one there too I would suspect that they are getting some deal from the government to make it worth their while.


No governmental help, at best the provinces and cities help out with these projects.

And Apple is going to put it's datacenter next to Google's (or close to) in Groningen.
Microsoft is going for a location near Schiphol/Amsterdam

Whats the most interesting in this is the greenhouse power.
Greenhouses produce vast quantities of power, and only to produce warmth for the greenhouses. This energy is usually wasted. Because electricity is seen as a side product. (wasnt being pumped back into the grid either for a reason, forgot specifics).
Greenhouse gives power, datacenter gives warmth. Both benefit.

I would imagine there would be some government assistance whether it be city, provincial or national. It's standard business.

However, looking at the public list of undersea cables the Netherlands is a pretty big hub. Although there are more total cables going to-and-from France the Netherlands has more direct lines to the US. This would be a big reason why the location was chosen for these data centers.