EQUANS is able to support data center projects of all sizes
Data centers can be classified according to the electrical poweder consum and their professional use:
- Hyperscale: from 30 to 150 MW, designed for big techs and major cloud players (Google, Microsoft, Meta, AWS, Apple ...), these sites are growing rapidly worldwide.
- Co-location: from 2 to 25 MW, shared by key players in the digital economy or co-location players (Interxion DRT, Equinix, Global Switch, Data4, etc.), these sites are tending to gradually increase in capacity with the arrival of new customers.
- Edge: from 500 kW to 5 MW, these infrastructures are designed for companies with a medium volume of activity (EdgeConnect).
- Telco: from 500 kW to 2 MW, these sites are designed for telecommunications companies (Orange, Vodafone, etc.).
- Enterprise: from 50 kW to 2MW, these infrastructures meet the specific digital needs of large companies, particularly banks and insurance companies (ABN AMRO, BNP, Dexia, Société Générale, etc.).
EQUANS can design and supervise, with its partners, the building of each of these families of data centers in less than a year to meet the high time-to-market requirements of its clients. Our teams can also ensure the daily management and maintenance of these infrastructures, including 24/7 shift operation.
Increasingly demanding public policies towards data centres
For reasons of efficiency, data centers are often built in urban areas, close to the places where massive amounts of digital data are produced and consumed, and where the internet exchange latency is low. But this leads to public debates, especially for Hyperscale or Co-Location sites, because of their huge floor areas.
Bram Fransen, Managing Director EQUANS, West NL and responsable of EQUANS‘ Data centers Business club points out:
The public debates around data centers are leading to a probable trend: the establishment of Hyperscale or Co-Location sites outside the metropolis, sometimes at great distances, preferably in areas with cool air or near large bodies of cold water.
Some public debates also arise around the fact that data centers, because of their enormous energy consumption, place too great a burden on local public electricity infrastructures. They are also criticized for their massive aesthetics. And in some cases, the debates are focused on the issue of sovereignty, since a country's data are managed abroad.
Moreover, for many local authorities, the disadvantages of setting up a data center are only slightly offset by the long-term jobs since data centers are highly automated.