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

RETN Conducts Major Network Upgrade at EvoSwitch’s Amsterdam Colocation Data Center

The network upgrade has transformed RETN’s PoP at EvoSwitch AMS1 into a ‘Super PoP’, expanding EvoSwitch’s already network-dense connectivity options in Amsterdam significantly.

“With the current upgrade, driven by growing demand, we have doubled our capacity at the PoP,” stated Andrey Gazizov, CTO at RETN. “We can now easily increase our existing bandwidth up to 4 Tbps and thus address needs of a larger amount of local and international customers seeking for connectivity from the Netherlands. We are delighted to be EvoSwitch’s connectivity partner for a number of years already. We greatly appreciate the work of their support team, fast delivery and reasonable price of the services they offer.”

Pan-European network

The cooperation between RETN and EvoSwitch AMS1 started back in 2014 when RETN launched their DWDM PoP at this large Amsterdam colocation data center. The PoP is directly connected to RETN’s multi-gigabit pan-European network forming a significant part of RETN’s presence in Benelux region.

“This just proves once again that Amsterdam is the world’s leading digital connectivity center,” said Eric Boonstra, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EvoSwitch. “Whether you are a large multi-national corporate or a smaller enterprise, it makes sense to co-locate in Amsterdam when establishing European data center presence – because of the ease in connecting to the entire Internet spectrum. We are happy that RETN chose us for their Super PoP, a choice not only based on the trust we have earned over the past few years but also with the knowledge that we can provide them with a rich selection of content, cloud services and connectivity.


About RETN

RETN is an international network service provider offering a range of services across its own fibre-optic network to carriers, ISPs, large enterprises, CDNs, governmental organisations, Hosting and Cloud Providers.  RETN has over 32,000 km of fibre on its pan-European network which connects 29 countries across Europe, Asia and North America, with a strong presence in the high growth markets of Eastern Europe and Russia. The RETN backbone (which is connected directly to all major carrier-neutral DCs) carries a large proportion of international traffic in the regions it passes through. The DWDM based network is designed in a ring-architecture offering multiple layers of redundancy. The network’s unique geographical footprint provides over 5 Tbps of capacity over its four primary routes between the West and Asia.

For more information on RETN’s PoPs in the Netherland and worldwide visit http://retn.net/points-of-presence/.

About EvoSwitch

 EvoSwitch provides secure and sustainable data center services, with cloud- and carrier-neutral data centers in Europe and the US. 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.

Within its cloud- and carrier-neutral data centers in Europe and the United States, EvoSwitch has 139.900 sq. ft. (13.000 m2) of colocation space available and ample room for further growth. Its network-dense data center environment is home to a wide range of global and local customers and also houses PoPs for leading Internet Exchanges including AMS-IX, NL-ix, and LINX NoVA. EvoSwitch has also 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.

To learn more about EvoSwitch, visit: evoswitch.com

EvoSwitch joins PSTG New Global Data Centre Consortium

“We’ve observed a growing customer demand for greater flexibility in terms of service and retail pricing over the years.  We also know that organisations are put off changing their facility because of the perceived pain of transition.  Our value in the consortium is about the consideration of our customer’s infrastructure, communications and applications, so we can not only make recommendations for the most appropriate facility, but help transition into it”, says Colin Woods, Business Development Manager at PSTG.

“Working with state-of-the-art data centre facilities, in more convenient locations for businesses is what spurred us to facilitate the creation of a unique Consortium of providers”, added Colin.

Around 20 members have already joined the Consortium including aql in Leeds, Cogeco Peer 1 in Southampton, Custodian Data Centres in Kent, EvoSwitch in The Netherlands, MIGSOLV in Norfolk, and Servecentric in Dublin. All members are committed to working in collaboration to support the needs of individual customers, providing access to a wide spread number of geographic locations across the globe. The Consortium already boasts a number of international providers in place as far afield as Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Dublin and Luxembourg.

To join the Consortium all members must be independent, feature next-generation technologies, engage transparently and offer customers ownership of every aspect of delivery. Each member is a commercial entity in its own right, but is open minded to working co-operatively with other members to enable the DR and resilience services today’s organisations need.

As a leading provider of digital transformation services, data centre transition, migration and support coupled with hardware procurement from leading vendors such as Cisco and Dell, PSTG is well placed to help organisations find the best data centre partners for their business.

“As the driving force responsible for instigating the Consortium venture, we’re truly excited about the opportunities this unleashes for customers. In essence, it means they will at last be in control of their own data centre destiny,” concludes Colin.

EvoSwitch Wins ”Best Energy Solution’’ award at Datacloud Awards 2017

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 7 June 2017 – EvoSwitch, a provider of 100% carbon-neutral operated colocation data centers in the Europe and the U.S. with its partner-rich cloud interconnection platform, EvoSwitch OpenCloud, has been awarded the ‘Best Energy Solution’ award at this year Datacloud Awards 2017 in Monaco (June 6-8). This award recognizes EvoSwitch’s achievements with regards to the company’s in-house engineered, free cooling based data center technology with ultra-low PUE figures – as being deployed in EvoSwitch’s data center campus in Europe (Amsterdam region).

At the Datacloud Europe 2017 ceremony yesterday evening in Monaco, EvoSwitch was one of four contenders for the ‘Best Energy Solution’ award. Other companies selected by the panel of judges include Asperitas, EcoCooling and NLDC. Datacloud Europe is BroadGroup’s annual networking and deal-making event for the European cloud and data center industry.

As an owner/operator of carbon-neutral data centers in Europe (Amsterdam region) and the U.S. (Washington DC area), EvoSwitch has designed and engine

ered its energy-efficient ‘free cooling’ concept in-house to address demanding and multi-tenant requirements for colocation and cloud-usage. During the award ceremony yesterday evening in Monaco, Eric Boonstra (Chief Executive Officer EvoSwitch) and Patrick van der Wilt (Commercial Director EvoSwitch) were representing EvoSwitch to see if their energy-efficient data center design with ultra-low PUE figures would be selected as a winning solution. Now it’s confirmed that EvoSwitch’s data center innovation may call itself an‘award-winning’ technology.

Datacloud’s Best Energy Solution award recognizes a data center facility, a team or an individual with a demonstrable track record of implementing an innovative approach. The panel of judges was looking to identify a business that has significantly demonstrated the use of a disruptive energy innovation within the data center environment, preferably providing an exemplar of innovation in energy management to the ‘global’ data center industry.

“The Datacloud Awards celebrate some of the best companies, individuals and technologies in this increasingly challenging and competitive industry,” said Gerd J. Simon, chairman of the Judges Panel. “The Best Energy Solution award was a hotly contested category, with entries of outstanding quality reflecting the amount of change and innovation that is happening in the industry right now. We congratulate EvoSwitch on their achievement.”

Modular Data Center Design

EvoSwitch’s energy-efficient data center technology has quite an “innovative” design that’s now being awarded with the first prize for Best Energy Solution at BroadGroup’s Datacloud Europe 2017 event. EvoSwitch’s innovation is a highly modular, containerized architecture that has been awarded legally registered patents. The integrated, flexible data center infrastructure is not only intensively optimized for energy-efficiency, but also for operational efficiency and ultra-short lead times for data center deployment.

“By winning this data center energy-efficiency award, we’re proud to show that EvoSwitch is perfectly positioned to meet the dynamic hybrid cloud and IoT-driven needs of customers worldwide,” said Eric Boonstra, CEO of EvoSwitch. “EvoSwitch being awarded the first prize for Best Energy Solution at the Datacloud Europe event, is another proof that we’re on the right track with our innovation and engineering efforts at our colocation data center campuses in Europe and the United States. In line with EvoSwitch’s strong growth, strategic ambitions and growing demand for our innovative data center approach, we expect to come up with further major announcements very soon.”

EvoSwitch nominated for ‘’Best Energy Solution’’ award at Datacloud Awards 2017

The judges are looking to identify a business that has significantly demonstrated the use of a disruptive energy innovation. A strong panel of judges have selected Asperitas, EcoCooling, NLDC and EvoSwitch as the four contenders for the award.

The Datacloud Awards represent a tremendous opportunity for the industry to reflect on the sheer range and diversity of current innovation that have provided customers with services and products over the past year. It is also a once a year opportunity to identify the companies and people who deserve the highest recognition.

EvoSwitch hopes to take home the award, but feels already privileged with the nomination. During the award ceremony on the 6th of June, Eric Boonstra (CEO) and Patrick van der Wilt (Commercial Director) will represent EvoSwitch.

Research Report: The foundations of the Dutch Digital Economy

The report about the Dutch digital economy focusses on the interdependence of data, data centers, cloud services, hosting and the opportunities these services give to our digital economy. The report gives 8 recommendations based on the research. All of which are important for the growth of the Dutch digital economy,

We invite you to download the report for free here

The value proposition of Dutch and European data protection legislation

The emphasis of the English written factsheet is to give insight to international businesses, who store or distribute privacy-sensitive data in the Netherlands, on the changes in legislation going into affect from May 25th 2018. The Dutch Data Center Association states that ”the motivation for creating the factsheet is the fact that data is rapidly becoming one of the most valuable assests of businesses.”

With the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation that is going to replace the current Wet Bescherming Persoonsgegevens (WBP) starting from May 25th, 2018, the DDA wants to inform all stakeholders on the changes and potential impacts of the changes.

You can download the factsheet here.



Vote for EvoSwitch to win the ‘’Groene Mug’’ trophy

EvoSwitch is nominated for the Groene Mug trophy (Green Mosquito, where mosquito is a reference to people who live in Haarlem) The Groene Mug trophy is a challenge trophy which is awarded to Haarlem’s Company who is the most sustainable business in Haarlem. The city of Haarlem awards the trophy since May 2009, and from 2014 on, the Groene Mug trophy is chosen by audience votes.

We would highly appreciate it if you could vote for EvoSwitch to become the most sustainable organization of Haarlem this year! The final Deadline for your vote is February 6th, so please do vote before then!

You can vote following this link: http://www.degroenemug.nl/pages/over-ons/groene-mug-bokaal-2017.php

Thanks a lot for your vote!

EvoSwitch OpenCloud Live Event retrospect

At EvoSwitch AMS 1 offices Noord, several interesting speakers from AMS-IX, Microsoft, Parnassia Groep, SmartSensors.me and EvoSwitch shared their cloud vision during the opencloud live event for the coming years but also had hands-on examples and practical solutions how they let the cloud work for them and their end users! The day was moderated by Dr. Ig. Linda Kester.

The combination of having speakers and market stands during the OpenCloud live Event for several EvoSwitch OpenCloud partners gave the room a lively feeling. Approximately 100 visitors came to this first time event and created at good vibe, networking and sharing their cloud visions with each other as the photo’s show. Do you want to know more about OpenCloud ? Please visit our OpenCloud page

Opencloud Event 2016

Opencloud Event 2016

Opencloud Event 2016

EvoSwitch successfully renews ISO14001 certificate

The auditor was very content with the way EvoSwitch as a team is working in regards to environmental awareness and didn’t find any non-conformities. After two days full of interviews, EY Certifypoint considered the commitment by the management team, the involvement and transparency of employees and the housekeeping of the facility as very positive.

EvoSwitch is looking forward to the recertification as planned for next year, when we are moving to the newest version of the standard, ISO14001:2015. This new standard brings new opportunities for us as an organization to improve and has the advantage that is aligns better to our existing ISO27001:2013 certification.