Thought Leadership and Insight from Christiaan van Terheijden

Christiaan van Terheijden

For this edition Datacloud spoke to Christiaan van Terheijden

Datacloud: What do you see as the future drivers for the industry?

The data centre market is evolving constantly, driven by innovation and the continuous growth of data and applications. We therefore want to be able to respond quickly to new developments. For this reason, we were involved in the early stages of the development of micro data centres. These small data centres play an ever-increasing role, thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT asks for another approach to infra. Infra is no longer used to only consume content, but IoT also stimulates local creation and analysis of data in the edge.

Datacloud: What regions within Europe do you see as primed for IT asset expansion?

Minkels, Raritan and parent company Legrand (NYSE Euronext Paris: LR) have aligned their strategies over the past few years into a complete data centre strategy. The sales teams have now taken the next step in France, Belgium, UK, Switzerland and the Netherlands to form one data centre specialist team per country called: ‘Legrand Data Center Solutions’. These sales teams represent the complete data centre product portfolio of Legrand, powered by specialist brands – to better serve and support our customers and partners.

After joining the Node Pole Alliance, we have been very active in the Scandinavian market too; the global hub for innovations in data traffic and data management. We are not only growing in Europe. We also started assembly and production activities on the Mid-Atlantic seaboard. We are serving the American market from the New York area. Production in China is growing steadily as well. We are producing in Wuxi for Hitachi Data Systems and others, as well as for other customers from the local Legrand organisations.

Datacloud: What is one of your goals for the next year and how do you expect to achieve it?

The dynamics in the data centre market requires a business model to support the fast-growing data centre developments and innovations. With the Legrand Data Center Solutions teams we expect to meet the market needs better. Our current focus is on rolling-out this concept.

Datacloud: How can our sector help to improve society?

Legrand and Minkels value Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) very highly.
Minkels therefore aims to retain its leading position in energy-efficient solutions, allowing both the customer and the environment to benefit.

Minkels will be at the Datacloud Europe 2018 congress in Monaco June 12-14th. Meet them there