Originally posted on the Independent Data Center Alliance

maincubes, an independent European data center operator and an expert in colocation, is a Founding Member of the Independent Data Center Alliance, a consortium of independent data center and carrier hotel operators. The IND-DCA met with Joris te Lintelo, Senior Vice President – International Sales, of maincubes, at International Telecoms Week (ITW) for a sit-down interview to learn more about what is in store for maincubes. 

Joris te Lintelo is the Senior Vice President of International Sales at maincubes, a Germany-based organization with headquarters in Frankfurt. maincubes launched its first data center in 2017 and underwent considerable growth in the organization ever since. maincubes currently operates data centers in Frankfurt and Amsterdam and has announced further expansion with three new data center facilities in Frankfurt and Berlin.

IND-DCA: What is maincubes current European expansion plans and how will the expansion impact the European data center market?

Joris te Lintelo, Sr. VP at maincubes:

Currently, maincubes has pinpoints in Frankfurt (FRA01) and Amsterdam (AMS01). Our recently announced developments include new data centers in Berlin and Frankfurt. As an organization, we are also exploring future expansion in other German cities, in Amsterdam and possibly into other European markets. First and foremost, we are in the process of building three new data centers in Germany. The entire capacity in FRA02 has already been contracted by the market before we even broke ground. Regarding BER01 we expect the same to happen. Last but not least, regarding FRA03, we have just started the pre-sales process and have already seen great interest from the market. We have 16MW available and interested companies can now start the discussion with us to secure future capacity blocks. Getting access to future capacity could be of great importance. For example, cloud companies can have guaranteed capacity available to support their future growth! FRA03 however will be a multi-tenant colocation facility with 16MW of available IT capacity. 

The European data center market is continuing to grow exponentially. Our vision is to continue developing data centers based on our prediction of seeing significant demand for data center services in major European hubs including Frankfurt and Berlin. We are also targeting international customers who are looking for European data center services and who deal with our current German and Dutch customers. 

IND-DCA: Climate change is a high priority. Sustainability and environmental protection are becoming increasingly important. What can companies rely on when choosing maincubes as a sustainable colocation data center operator? 

Joris te Lintelo:

maincubes understands the importance of designing and building sustainable data centers from the initial idea on data center design to our custom built-in technology. Becoming eco-friendly and sustainable is pivotal to the market and will be a major competitive advantage. 

On the other hand, maincubes utilizes innovative concepts from data center design to construction completion. In the design process, we focus on the efficiency of the building. A data center with smaller customer suites and tailored services meets the customers unique requirements for efficiency in comparison to juggling 60 customers in one large data center and trying to find a common denominator for services such as cooling. A custom-tailored data center allows us to focus on the appropriate cooling for each individual suite, and we can build technology to meet the customer’s requirements whether it is immersion cooling or liquid cooling, for example. Within 5 to 10 years, more of this technology will become available and legislation could also tighten when it comes to efficiency and sustainability. 

We have seen great feedback from the market and our existing customers on our new data center design and efficiency. Our customers rely on maincubes because as a company, we are committed to the conservation of resources and committed to the use of our modern, energy-conserving cooling systems, 100% renewable energy from nearby resources and power efficiency in all of our data center locations. 

IND-DCA: What sustainability initiative has maincubes implemented throughout the company and data center locations?

Joris te Lintelo:

At maincubes, we are focusing on the technology aspect when it comes to sustainability including technology flexibility, private suite setups, cooling systems and so on. There are innovations such as immersion cooling and implementing OCP (Open Compute Project), focusing on redesigning data center hardware technology to become more efficient. 

The first European Open Compute Project Experience Center is located within the maincubes AMS01 data center in Amsterdam. maincubes will only be using energy derived from 100% renewable, nearby resources and re-use waste heat for future developments. As a company, maincubes is following our values and one of those core values is sustainability. All of our internal processes are focused on sustainability. When it comes to our data center facilities, our design and construction phases follow a combination of long-term usables and high quality data center locations that makes utilizing renewable energy and resources possible. maincubes has already confirmed to become C02 neutral in the upcoming years.

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