60 Second Interview with: Stijn Grove, Managing Director, Dutch Datacenter Association

Stijn Grove

and Managing Director, European Data Centre Association www.eudca.org

Judge for awards:
1. Datacentre Leadership Award
2. Cloud Technical Breakthrough Award
3. Most Innovative Energy Solution Award

Datacloud: What do you see for the future of the industry?
SG: A bright future. With the global economy on pace again we see continued growth as data centre sector. Online engagement is growing everywhere. With the development of techniques as IoT, M2M communication we see more and more need for digital infrastructure. Also we see the data centre more as the (cloud)-connectivity platform. Outsourcing on a enterprise and regional scale is als continueing. There is room for new players but we will also see consolidation by mergers and take-overs. Als we keep making new constructive steps towards further sustainability. For the data center sector, one of the most active sectors on energy-efficiency, this is the only way to grow and have success.

Datacloud: What is the biggest opportunity in the industry today?
SG: To keep up wth the growth, have enough personell and most important better understanding by government about the importance of data centres so that we can continue our growth steadily.

Datacloud: What's one of your goals for the next year and how do you expect to achieve it?
SG: Work united together in Europe and therefore grow as EUDCA and in The Netherlands grow the DDA as the authority for the new economy. More focus is needed to promote our digital sector - this key sector that is already running our economy. By more intensive collaboration between government and business, all parties should achieve better results more quickly.

Datacloud: What do you think matters most in the development of the industry and its affect on business and society?
SG: Again make people realise that we are seeing a huge change in our world due to the impact of online services and applications. And you need be on this train. Good digital infrastructure will help economies grow faster so we need to have an environment favorable for continuous growth.

Datacloud: Why do you feel awards ceremonies still have a role in todays e-world?
SG: First competition is good. And recognition for outstanding performances is always a very good thing. And at a location like this very enjoyable.