EvoSwitch’s Data Center Services Optimization Model Shortlisted Into Three Award Categories at Datacloud Europe 2018

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 3 May 2018 – After winning the ‘Best Energy Solution’ award at the Datacloud Europe Awards last year (organized by BroadGroup), EvoSwitch has been shortlisted again this year. Now, the Datacloud Europe Award jury has shortlisted EvoSwitch into three Datacloud Award categories. The award categories honor EvoSwitch for its innovation efforts when it comes to implementing a continual sustainability and operational excellence optimization model for its data centers. The Datacloud Award expert jurors also praised EvoSwitch for maintaining high customer satisfaction levels year-over-year, and for the value added data center services being deployed.

When launching its Amsterdam colocation data center in 2007, its first facility at the time, EvoSwitch was one of the early carrier-neutral data center operators in Europe with ‘green’ operations. The colocation company – now offering large-scale colocation facilities located in Europe and the U.S. – managed to do so by deploying innovative cooling systems amongst other energy-efficiency enhancing technologies and the use of renewables.

During the last decade, EvoSwitch’s engineering teams have continually made optimizations to their Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) figures, resulting in an ultra-low day-to-day PUE value for its large-scale colocation data centers ranging from 1.1 to 1.15 currently. The Datacloud Europe Award jury has shortlisted EvoSwitch, again, now for its unwavering commitment to the highest standards of sustainable data center operations and for its culture of continuous operational optimization.

“We sincerely appreciate the triple Datacloud Award nomination, but the real proof of our successes and market leadership can be found in our customer satisfaction rates,” said Eric Boonstra, CEO of EvoSwitch. “A Net Promoter Score metric above 50 is regarded as excellent while we manage to achieve significantly higher figures year after year. Sustainability is a small though valuable component of a wide range of qualities we’re offering, which also includes a 99,999% uptime; compliance with a full range of third-party standards including ISO 27001:2013, PCI-DSS, SOC1 Type II, and ISO 14001:2004; the value-add services we create such as EvoSwitch OpenCloud, to open up customer ecosystems; and much more. We’re happy to see that these outstanding achievements have gained public recognition now that EvoSwitch has been shortlisted Datacloud for their ‘Excellence in Data Centre Service Award with Local Impact’ award category.”

 

 

International Panel of Expert Judges

EvoSwitch’s continual sustainability and operational excellence optimization model covers a range of topics including: the in-house development of modular, sustainable rack and aisle containment architecture; real-time PUE monitoring, reporting and optimization; ongoing renewables selection, resulting in the adoption of a windmill; providing IT energy audits; sharing EvoSwitch’s commitment to the circular economy by launching whitepapers and hosting events – for example on Reuse & Recycling of Servers; and more.

Selected by an independent international panel of expert Judges, EvoSwitch was nominated in three (!!) categories of this year’s Datacloud Europe Awards. These award categories include: ‘Circular Economy Leadership Award’, ‘Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility’, and ‘Excellence in Data Centre Service Award with Local Impact.’ In each category, four contestants were being selected. The winners of these categories will be announced at the Datacloud Europe 2018 event in Monaco, to be held 12-14 June.

8,000 Power Monitors

“To be shortlisted again by Datacloud Europe for our data center sustainability efforts is a great honor I have to admit,” said Eric Boonstra, CEO of EvoSwitch. “True sustainability, operational excellence, and the achievement of high customer satisfaction rates requires continuous optimization of data center operations though. That’s why EvoSwitch has implemented a continual sustainability and operational excellence optimization model. It starts with continuously enhancing energy-efficiency levels, in our case by deploying a real-time PUE monitoring & reporting system, and the use of over 8,000 power monitors to drive the energy-efficiency optimization cycle – despite the fact that there is still currently no standard-related obligation to report this data. Our patented, in-house developed 88-rack stand-alone data center modules, engineered for the highest energy-efficiency rates, are another example of our continual optimization efforts.”

“Our continual sustainability optimization model even provides for enhancing colocation customers’ sustainability footprint,” added Mr. Boonstra. “In our Amsterdam facility for example, we are providing IT energy audits to our clients. Our engineers recently managed to reduce a customer’s physical footprint and power consumption by over 20% each. The customer had a mix of virtual and legacy servers, with full racks requiring 4-5 kW power density. They are now using only a quarter of a rack with 2kW of density for the same workload.”

International Colocation Company EvoSwitch Expands Amsterdam AMS1 Data Center Campus

International Colocation Company EvoSwitch Expands Amsterdam AMS1 Data Center Campus

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 8 February 2018 – EvoSwitch, an international and cloud-neutral colocation company with large data centers located in Amsterdam and Washington DC with their cloud interconnection platform EvoSwitch OpenCloud, announces its plans to build a new highly energy-efficient data center in Amsterdam. The new carrier-neutral facility in the Netherlands will be located adjacent to its existing Amsterdam premises, EvoSwitch AMS1.

The new EvoSwitch data center is the first phase of a major facility expansion, with a roadmap to expand capacity up to 30 MVA in the coming years. It will add 6,000 square meters (sq. ft.) of colocation space, offering 7,5MW of new capacity to the company’s existing 15MW data center campus in Amsterdam. EvoSwitch’s in-house engineered modular data center building concept features 2N electrical redundancy and ‘Indirect Adiabatic Free Cooling’ with hot and cold aisle containment. It would allow for a low Power Usage Effectiveness figure (PUE= 1.2) thus resulting in a highly energy-efficient and reliable colocation data center environment for customers. EvoSwitch expects its new data center in Amsterdam to be operational in Q1 2019.

Patented Modular Data Center Technology

Although completely separated from current data centers present at the campus terrain in Amsterdam, the new EvoSwitch AMS1 data center (AMS1 Campus Hall 7, with Hall 8 and Hall 9 planned for subsequent phases) will be interconnected with existing data center infrastructure through a corridor. As this is an on-campus expansion, it would allow customers to profit from enterprise-grade and network-rich ecosystem features from day-1. Future-proof design amenities available at EvoSwitch AMS1 include colocation racks and private cages featuring redundant 2N cooling, direct access to major Internet Exchanges; an ever-expanding amount of managed services including cloud interconnectivity; the use of 100% renewable energy; 24/7 engineering staff onsite; and a 99,999% uptime guarantee.

“Our patented, in-house engineered and highly modular data center design offers stand-alone units with their own multiple UPS back-up solutions, as well as distribution boards, cooling units and fire suppression systems,” said Eric Boonstra, CEO at EvoSwitch. “This allows for highly autonomous and easily scalable data center units being deployed, even as a partial solution within current data center expansion, catering to the needs of cloud service providers and so many other companies with dynamic, high-scalability needs. Combined with third-party accredited security compliance standards in place, including ISO 27001:2013, PCI-DSS, SIOC1 Type II, as well as ISO 14001:2004 and LEED Gold certifications, our added data center space in Amsterdam meets all requirements of enterprises and CSPs across the globe.”

Colocation Demand in Europe

EvoSwitch’s new investment in its Amsterdam data center campus, EvoSwitch AMS1, comes as the carrier-neutral data center provider identifies growing demand for more colocation capacity and cloud interconnection services in Europe.

“European data center growth in 2017 was faster than ever before, according to a recent CBRE report and JLL report, particularly in Amsterdam and London,” added Mr. Boonstra. “The CBRE and JLL reports result are in line with our own experiences and revenue results this year. Another report from Digital Gateway to Europe mentions some key drivers for the Netherlands being a top-10 data center hub in the world. These key drivers include the wide range of high quality and low-latency connectivity options available; the stability of the energy grid in the Netherlands; and the country’s rapid expansion of ecosystems across networks, as well as cloud and hosting companies.”

“These market research reports confirm that we’re on the right track with the EvoSwitch colocation and cloud interconnectivity offerings and current expansion plans at our Amsterdam data center campus,” added Boonstra. “The rapid expansion of cloud ecosystems in the Netherlands in particular is an important factor in growing our customer base. The EvoSwitch OpenCloud cloud interconnectivity marketplace being established in 2015 enables ecosystems of cloud, hosting and networking providers as well as enterprises and startups to establish robust, direct links between networks inside our data centers in Europe and the US. It also allows for secure access at minimal latency to public clouds like AWS, Azure or Google Cloud Platform. The new data center build will add to the networking efficiency of ecosystem members, allowing for ecosystem growth and even more efficiency across cloud environments.”

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About EvoSwitch

EvoSwitch provides secure and sustainable data center services, with cloud- and carrier-neutral data centers in Europe and the United States. EvoSwitch is home to growing ecosystems of customers around interconnection and hybrid cloud, operating at the edge of the Internet and providing access to public clouds. EvoSwitch enables global and local customers to build their IT infrastructure for growth, creating value for customers and partners alike offering currently 139.900 sq. ft. (14.000 m2) and ample room for further growth on both sides of the Atlantic.

In response to customer demand and market requirements, EvoSwitch has built an extensive set of managed services including its EvoSwitch OpenCloud – a cloud-neutral and partner-rich (hybrid) cloud interconnection marketplace for low-latency interconnection options. As one of the first colocation data centers in Europe with ultra-low PUE figures while utilizing 100% renewables, EvoSwitch’s engineering teams provide special assistance for customers when optimizing equipment configurations, condition monitoring and reduction of energy consumption.

EvoSwitch’s data centers in both Europe and the U.S. provide enterprise-grade security measures while meeting strict compliance and third-party accredited standards including ISO 27001:2013, ISO 14001:2004, PCI-DSS, SIOC1 Type II, and LEED Gold.

Dare to Experiment with Big Data and Cloud, Say Speakers at EvoSwitch OpenCloud Live

HostingJournalist.com was invited to attend the annual ‘EvoSwitch OpenCloud Live’ event in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, a knowledge sharing event hosted by international colocation and managed services provider EvoSwitch where customers and partners of EvoSwitch were joining to listen to high-profile speakers on cloud and (big) data related topics. Central message during the event was: dare to innovate and experiment with all cloud data owned, but also be aware of the impact of proprietary data on the viability of your own business model.

You can read the full article at HostingJournalist.com

EvoSwitch contributes to the new Digital Gateway to Europe Report

AMSTERDAM, November 21, 2017 – The Netherlands is part of the ten largest data hubs worldwide and the fastest growing data center market in Europe. And there are many reasons why. Due to excellent connectivity nationwide, access to 500 million customers, very stable energy grid and a cloud computing adoption rate of 36%, the Netherlands is the gateway into digital Europe. To provide an overview of what the Dutch have to offer, today Digital Gateway to Europe publishes a status report about the Dutch Data Hub 2017.

Download the report here

Sustainable Colocation Company EvoSwitch Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Corporate Rebrand

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, November 6, 2017 – EvoSwitch, a Europe and U.S. based colocation company with sustainable characteristics and a partner-rich cloud interconnection platform, celebrates its 10th anniversary with the completion of a corporate rebrand – the first in its history. The brand repositioning includes a redesigned corporate identity and a new website which now includes a continuously expanding knowledge platform on topics like (hybrid) cloud and colocation.

When starting its colocation data center business 10 years ago in the Amsterdam area, EvoSwitch was one of the first companies in Europe to launch a ‘carbon-neutral’ facility with highly efficient cooling systems, renewable energy usage, and a low Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) figure for energy efficiency purposes. EvoSwitch’s significantly expanded managed services and added value delivery would justify their step towards this newly completed corporate brand identity.

“The use of renewable energy and a low PUE figure are nowadays not as uncommon as ten years ago, although today having the best PUE in the colocation market is still highly impressive I must say – especially for the large facilities owned and operated by EvoSwitch,” said Eric Boonstra, CEO at EvoSwitch. “Energy-efficiency still plays a critical role in our day-to-day data center operations, but in recent years we’ve taken our colocation services to the next level by adding all kinds of managed services and enterprise-grade value.”

“The cloud interconnection platform EvoSwitch OpenCloud is a good example of the value being added in the last two years,” said Mr. Boonstra. “Also EvoSwitch’s in-house developed modular data center building concepts with energy-efficient features and short lead times for implementation are an integral part of our corporate brand identity today. Not to forget about EvoSwitch’s international presence, with our U.S. data center in Manassas, Virginia being added in 2012. All these infrastructural achievements make our 10th anniversary a milestone worth celebrating. The newly completed EvoSwitch corporate brand identity with refreshed logo and updated website design better matches the smart and powerful corporate profile we have established since 2007.”

The addition of a Knowledge Center on the new EvoSwitch website, with strategic information resources including white papers on (hybrid) cloud, colocation and sustainability (Knowledge Center), as well as videos and expert blogs, would also reflect the company’s shift in recent years towards a corporate identity which now includes a complete set of value added managed services.

New Corporate Identity Explained

EvoSwitch’s new corporate brand identity and website are being developed by award-winning Dutch agency Studio Piraat. The agency was requested to design a new website and logo reflecting EvoSwitch’s facilitating role towards its ‘customer cloud ecosystems’ and its ‘open and knowledge sharing’ characteristics. The complex technologies and value added solutions being delivered needed to be translated towards a clean, simple but strong visual design.

The designers from Studio Piraat used new icons and fonts with a ‘future forward design,’ while developing unique illustrations and graphics for this new corporate brand identity. Part of it is also an animation with a scroll-based Infographic, which at a glance would explain what the EvoSwitch ecosystem and value add is all about.

“In 2007 we used to call ourselves a ‘next generation’ data center provider,” added Mr. Boonstra. “Although I know it’s a marketing term by now that’s being used too often, it really was communicating what we stood for then. We were spearheading the international colocation business by going green, as one of the first on a European level in the global data center market. By continuously keeping focused on developing and adding new managed services – in line with evolving hybrid cloud customer needs and requirements – we’re convinced that we will be able to stay ahead of the market for the next 10 years to come. The new EvoSwitch corporate brand identity being implemented when celebrating our 10th anniversary is meant to support that goal.”

Eric Boonstra Interviewed for Brexit Status Report

AMSTERDAM, October 12, 2017 – “Should I stay or should I go?” This question was answered with ‘Leave’ by a majority of the British people during the EU-referendum on the 23rd of June 2016. Although the Netherlands would very much like the UK to stay, Brexit has become a reality and preparations for the consequences of this decision will have to be made.

Digital Gateway to Europe has released a report today which examines the current state of affairs regarding Brexit and analyses actions that can be taken by the tech industry and which possible timelines should be taken into account. Key question is what the main challenges and opportunities regarding Brexit are.

Digital gateway to Europe has prepared a report in which the consequences of Brexit for the tech industry are outlined. EvoSwitch CEO Eric Boonstra was interviewed for this report. You can download the full report from the Digital Gateway to Europe website here.

News: Sustainable and Reliable Connectivity

EvoSwitch CEO Eric Boonstra was interviewed about digitization, read the entire article in dutch here.

News: How Entrepreneurs can Influence Municipalities.

In 2018 the Dutch municipality elections will take place. Nevertheless political parties are already preparing their election plans. In order to increase input from businesses and entrepreneurs, VNO-NCW held a survey among her members to investigate their experiences with municipalities. Eric Boonstra (EvoSwitch) is one of the members who responded to this survey. “Municipalities can have a very defining role to Companies.”

EvoSwitch CEO Eric Boonstra was interviewd on how entrepreneurs can influence municipalities. Read the entire article in Dutch Here

 

EvoSwitch at Neutral Peering Days

As a sponsor of the Neutral Peering days EvoSwitch was allowed a sponsored area at the event. The event enabled EvoSwitch to network with existing clients, industry peers and new market entrants.

NL-ix provided interesting speakers, panels and activities. With over 280 applicants there was always someone interesting to network with. EvoSwitch’s John Pearson spoke in the Datacenter Panel discussion on developments in the datacenter panel discussion.

The day was concluded with the famous Late Summer Drinks at the Scheveningen beach. Despite the bad weather the amount of attendees at the Late Summer Drinks matched or even surpassed the amount of attendees at the Kurhaus. All in all, a productive and social day at a well-organized event at one of the most beautiful venues in The Hague.

EvoSwitch Releases White Paper: How to Plan a Successful Hybrid Cloud Strategy

Data Center Company EvoSwitch Provides CIO/CTO Strategic Hybrid Cloud Planning Input

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 15 August 2017 – EvoSwitch, a Europe and U.S. based colocation data center provider with its partner-rich cloud interconnection platform, EvoSwitch OpenCloud, today releases a new white paper titled: ‘How to Build a Better Cloud –Planning.’ Aimed at CIOs, CTOs and IT Directors, the white paper provides expert-input to a business-driven planning process for weighing multi-cloud environments and implementing a hybrid cloud strategy.

As a colocation services provider with its data centers located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Manassas (Washington DC area) in the U.S., EvoSwitch serves a considerable amount of clients with hybrid cloud needs. That’s why the colocation company established its cloud marketplace, EvoSwitch OpenCloud, two years ago. Through this marketplace, EvoSwitch customers would be able to quickly and securely interconnect to a large number of other cloud platforms including AWS, Google and Azure.

Partly based on these OpenCloud, hybrid cloud customer experiences as well as cloud management expertise of the author himself, the EvoSwitch white paper released today provides CIOs, CTOs and IT Directors with business-driven guidance for successfully planning their hybrid cloud strategy. Titled ‘How to Build a Better Cloud –Planning,’ the white paper is written by seasoned data center services and cloud computing professional, Patrick van der Wilt, who serves as the Commercial Director for EvoSwitch.

EvoSwitch’s new white paper ‘How to Build a Better Cloud –Planning’ counts 30 pages and is available in English. It can be downloaded for free at: https://evoswitch.com/white_papers/build-a-better-cloud-part-1-planning/.

Detailed Hybrid Cloud Planning, Deep Buy-In

The EvoSwitch white paper addresses current hybrid cloud challenges and opportunities, and contains in-depth knowledge for CIOs, CTOs and IT Directors on successfully establishing the right planning processes for a hybrid cloud roadmap.

The author, Mr. Van der Wilt advocates that the following factors should be considered when selecting a solid private/public cloud balance and planning a migration towards a hybrid cloud environment: identifying business requirements; identifying hybrid cloud benefits and business outcomes; compliance management; (spread of) cost; identifying and modifying internal organizational capabilities; data sovereignty; asset review & management – both data and people; achieving harmony in connectivity between systems, data, services and hosting infrastructure; and selling the hybrid cloud strategy. He elaborates on that by providing specific tips on planning the appropriate hybrid cloud delivery model.

“Successful digital transformation and migration to a hybrid cloud environment requires detailed planning, and above all a deep buy-in,” said Patrick van der Wilt, the author of EvoSwitch’s new white paper. “Key to hybrid cloud migration success is to explain and sell the processes planned, at every level of migration. Although this paper is intended to provide technical managers such as CIOs, CTOs and IT Directors with in-depth guidance for planning their hybrid cloud journeys, I’ve also included introductory information for non-technical senior managers involved in IT decision making and hybrid IT planning.”

The EvoSwitch white paper includes a variety of hybrid cloud market study results that can help enterprise management to achieve organizational buy-in when planning their hybrid cloud journey. It also contains private vs. public cloud considerations, featuring ’10 Key Pros & Cons of Public and Private Cloud.’ The paper concludes with providing a Planning Checklist with key activities that should be considered in the run-up to hybrid cloud implementation.

Evoswitch experts are already working on the compilation of a new white paper, which will be the sequel to current paper. Where current white paper handles the strategic ins and outs for planning a hybrid cloud journey, the new to be released paper will address the implementation phase.


About EvoSwitch

EvoSwitch provides secure and sustainable data center services, with cloud- and carrier-neutral data centers in Europe and the United States. EvoSwitch is home to growing ecosystems of customers around interconnection and hybrid cloud, operating at the edge of the Internet and providing access to public clouds. EvoSwitch enables global and local customers to build their IT infrastructure for growth, creating value for customers and partners alike offering 139.900 sq. ft. (13.000 m2) and ample room for further growth on both sides of the Atlantic.

In response to customer demand and market requirements, EvoSwitch has built an extensive set of managed services including its EvoSwitch OpenCloud – a cloud-neutral and partner-rich (hybrid) cloud interconnection marketplace for low-latency interconnection options. As one of the first colocation data centers in Europe with ultra-low PUE figures while utilizing 100% renewables, EvoSwitch’s engineering teams provide special assistance for customers when optimizing equipment configurations, condition monitoring and reduction of energy consumption.

EvoSwitch’s data centers in both Europe and the U.S. provide enterprise-grade security measures while meeting strict compliance and third-party accredited standards including ISO 27001:2013, ISO 14001:2004, PCI-DSS, SIOC1 Type II, and LEED Gold.

To learn more about EvoSwitch, visit: evoswitch.com