Author Archive | Rien Dijkstra

Creating a sustainable data center

The importance of data centers for society has changed. Public life, economy, and society as a whole depend to a very large extend on the proper functioning of data centers, and they can be seen as a critical infrastructure that is also intertwined with other critical infrastructures. This creates societal and “moral” pressure and obligation […]

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Mobility and Cloud Computing and the need for a new security concept

The current modern way of doing business and service provisioning is based on openness and agility. This brings the traditional security concept in which an organization is positioned as an “information fortress” strongly under pressure. The traditional perimeter is vanishing and sensitive information travel outside your organization in many ways on many different devices. Mobility […]

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Cloud Computing, ownership matters

In the past fifteen years, many internal IT departments of enterprises evolved from artisan organizations that only assembled and provided customized, tailor-made products, to hybrid craft and mass production organizations that provides custom as well as standard products. But nowadays these IT departments are confronted with external organizations that deliver standard services and products that […]

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DataCloud 2015 Awards

For the fifth year on row being part of the panel of Judges for the ‘DataCloud Awards’, the winners of the Data Cloud Awards 2015 will be announced in Monaco the 2nd of June 2015. Read the brochure for more information about these event. Over the past years, award winners have included companies such as Equinix, TelecityGroup, Interxion, Cohesive […]

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Aging power plant fleet and data centers

Thomson Reuters made a nice visualisation on Europe’s aging nuclear reactors. Currently the EU operates 131 reactors with an average age of 30 years. It reminded me on a report I wrote in 2012 for Broadgroup about the power market and data centers in Europe. The quality and availability of the data center stands or […]

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The fundamental problem of IT and Data center e-waste

The global e-waste problem is escalating, by 2017, world volumes of end-of-life e-products is expected to be 33% higher than 2012 according to a new study by the Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) Initiative. Based on current trends E-waste will grow from 48.9 million metric tons in 2013 to 65.4 million tons in 2017. StEP […]

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The as-a-Service Datacenter, a new industrial model

It is said that cloud computing is improving business agility because of the ability to rapidly and inexpensively provision technological infrastructure resources on a pay-per-use basis. So customers are urged not to buy and own hardware and software for themselves but instead they should make use of cloud computing services that are offered by the […]

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Needed: a Six Sigma Datacenter

As usual there was a lot of discussion on cooling and energy efficiency at the yearly DatacenterDynamics conference in Amsterdam last week. Finding point solutions to be efficient and/or creating redundancy to circumvent possible technical risks. But is this the way to go to optimise a complex IT supply chain? In a lot of industries […]

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Sourcing IT: Cloud Computing Roadblocks

Roadblocks Cloud computing, which is part of the widespread adoption of a Service Oriented Business approach, becomes pervasive, and is rapidly evolving with new propositions and services. Therefore organisations are faced with the question how these various cloud propositions from different providers will work together to meet business objectives. The latest cloud computing  study of 451 […]

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Amazon Web Services Summit Amsterdam 2013

Last week (26th Sept) I visit the Amazon Web Services Summit that came to Amsterdam for the first time. The kick off of this event was made by the CTO of Amazon, Werner Vogel, with a keynote introduction. He gave a short summary of Amazons success story of seven years young. Boasting on 34 price […]

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