DATA4, the European leader on the data center market, continues its ambitious European expansion plan, establishing a presence in Poland.
DATA4, the French and European operator on the data center market, is consolidating its European footprint with the announcement of a new facility in Poland. Following a fundraising round of several hundred million euros last year, and with €620m in funding announced in late April 2021, the group will now invest more than €100m to build one of the most powerful data centers in Poland.
Boasting a stable and robust economy – Polish economic growth is among the highest in Europe – and particularly well-connected (in terms of logistics, transportation, and telecommunications) thanks to its strategic location in the heart of Europe, Poland is also home to one of the most competitive IT sectors in Central and Eastern Europe, according to the most recent report by Tech Emerging Europe Advocates. Furthermore, there should be a rapidly growing need for Hyperscale data centers, as certain cloud services providers are already actively rolling out cloud computing services in the region. This is particularly true for the cloud services giants Google and Microsoft, with Google announcing plans to invest up to $2bn, having recently publicised the opening of its new regional cloud services centre. Microsoft, meanwhile, has plans to invest almost $1bn to expand its operations and create a new regional cloud services centre.
Buoyed by the exponential growth in digital data storage needs, DATA4 has recorded solid growth since the day it was founded. DATA4 Group’s expansion is underpinned by its 2024 growth plan, with the Group now being able to draw on almost €1bn to deliver its ambitions: to double its turnover within the next three years, while continuing to expand its platform throughout Europe. Today, DATA4 designs, develops, and operates 21 data centers in France, Italy, Spain and Luxembourg. It has land and power reserves (129 ha and 209 MW available) that are unrivalled in the European market, to support its customers’ growth.
The construction of this new 50 MW Warsaw campus will enable DATA4 to both target the Polish hosting market, and to support the growth of its cloud services provider customers in Eastern Europe.
“Poland, and the Warsaw area in particular, has huge potential for digital growth, and form a strategic node for connections between Western and Central Europe. Establishing a footprint for our company in Poland marks the beginning of a new era in our European development, and will enable DATA4 to provide its customers with innovative digital infrastructure that has a sustainable environmental impact, and meets their needs for hosting and connections.” comments Olivier Micheli, CEO of DATA4 Group.
The construction of this new 4 ha campus, close to Poland’s main points of connectivity, should begin in 2021.
 Rapport Tech Emerging Advocates – February 2021: https://emerging-europe.com/news/poland-is-home-to-cees-most-competitive-it-sector/