Major data centre, colocation and interconnection provider Digital Realty has opened its second Frankfurt site.

The new facility, working to a capacity of nine megawatts, will be the first of three at the firm’s new campus in Sossenheim, a data centre hub around three miles west of Frankfurt.

This campus, named the Wilhelm-Fay-Strasse site, is intended to ultimately support 27MW of data centre capacity, which will in turn be connected through dark fibre to Digital Realty’s existing Frankfurt site on Lyoner Strasse.

This, states the company, will establish a ‘carrier-neutral and fibre-rich connectivity hub’, providing access to cloud providers, internet and exchange providers, and major carriers. The move by Digital Realty helps reinforce Frankfurt’s place amongst the ‘big four’ European data centre cities.

“Frankfurt is one of the most important data centre markets in the world – second in size only to London in the European region. Given its central location, excellent infrastructure, and concentration of leading international businesses, Frankfurt is widely regarded as the connectivity, commercial and financial capital of Germany,” said Digital Realty CEO A. William Stein.

“We are pleased to be able to support our customers’ global growth requirements on our state-of-the-art Sossenheim campus.”

Once finished, the campus will host three buildings spanning a total net area of 16,700 sq. metres. The predicted final output of 27MW will be powered by a 40MVA supply.

Alongside the opening of the data centre, the firm released the results of a research paper it commissioned from IDG on the impact of GDPR in Germany. The study found that confidence in the ability of organisations to meet GDPR requirements is high, but knowledge on specific details of the regulations is hazy, suggesting a ‘mixed’ level of readiness.

Digital Realty EMEA MD, Rob Coupland, commented: “Cybersecurity is not only a hot topic in Europe, especially with GDPR coming into effect, but in Germany it’s an established protocol, subject to significant governance and regulatory oversight.

“The research IDG conducted on our behalf provides valuable insight into how attitudes toward the protection of data are evolving, and the impact this might have for the future of business in Germany.”