Netsuite’s European datacentres will open for business this year

The cloud firm has selected Amsterdam and Dublin as the locations for its first European datacentres

Netsuite is making good on its promise to European customers to open up not one, but two datacentres closer to home.

The cloud giant confirmed the timings at its Suiteworld conference in San Jose in May this year and today revealed the new datacentres would be located in Amsterdam and Dublin.  

Netsuite’s news today comes at the same time as the European Court of Justice ruled the Safe Harbour agreement invalid.

“We weren’t driven to put the datacentres [in Europe] by what was ultimately decided by ECJ today. We just wanted to get it closer to customers to make it easier for them. [Not having a European datacentre presence] hasn’t impacted our business – Europe been fastest growing region for last two years,” Netsuite’s CEO Zach Nelson told press at the firm’s Cloud Tour Europe, which was held today at the Emirates stadium.

Evan Goldberg, Netsuite’s founder and CTO, added: "We have a very self-contained operation in the EU. Our largest group of resources for developing the [Netsuite] service is in Europe. We have extensive support resources in Europe…. [In terms of safeguarding data],  we take that very very seriously. We’re very careful about what happens to the data.

"We are well positioned as this decision evolves to do that. You as the customer can ultimately decide what you do with your data. You may see this [similar rulings] happen in other areas of the globe. We are a global company so perfectly positioned. Were agnostic to what happens as we’re prepared for whatever."

Netsuite’s CIO Doug Brown said the company did consider the UK as the location for a European datacentre but, ultimately, ruled it out as the centres the firm visited seemed almost at capacity. However, he added that these first two datacentres are just the beginning of a wider roadmap so it is possible something closer to these shores may be brought on board in the future.

The two new datacentres are owned by co-location providers but the firm hasn’t publicly confirmed which partners it is working with. It has, however, confirmed that both premises will be 100 per cent powered by renewable energy.

Netsuite now has five global datacentres across two datacentre regions (the US and Europe) and will continue to scale out to further geographies to help meet global customer needs. It is likely Europe will be key to this growth as it’s the company’s fastest growing region at present.

Existing customers will be asked if they would like their data to be migrated from the US datacentres to one of the new European ones, according to Brown, and Netsuite will comply with their wishes.

In terms of wider global expansion of its datacentre presence, Netsuite as asked about Asia and other regions during a press Q&A at the event, to which Goldberg responded: “Sometimes it’s better for certain countries to be in the US than in a country next door to them.

“Asia presents a number of complexities here. We look at all these things. It’s really about the customer experience and whether we can improve that and we’re guided by that.”