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Summary: We caught up with maincubes management in the wake of the recent launch of its second data centre. The 4.7MW AMS01 data centre in Amsterdam adds to the 6MW FRA01 facility in Frankfurt which opened last year.
Details: maincubes is a joint venture between Art-Invest Real Estate, a subsidiary of Germany’s Zech Group (75%), and management (25%) that was set up in 2012. Zech is a conglomerate with significant activity in real estate development and construction, giving maincubes access to data centre funding, planning and building capabilities so it doesn’t need to rely on external suppliers and can keep its team lean and efficient.
Background: The intention behind maincubes was to establish a German owned and operated colocation business to meet perceived demand for a new independent provider able to satisfy data privacy requirements. It was always the plan to expand beyond Germany into the wider EU market. After developing its own data centre design, the company took two years to plan and build its Frankfurt data centre. In the interim, it purchased a data centre in Amsterdam from Interoute and invested €14m on a complete refurb, which was completed earlier this year.