Global Colocation Company Announces IT-Management Lunch & Learn Series With IBM

Global Colocation Company Announces IT-Management Lunch & Learn Series With IBM

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 27 September 2018 –, a channel-focused provider of colocation services with month-to-month contracts and a planned roll-out of data centers in key markets worldwide, today launches its IT-Management, interactive Lunch & Learn series – being held in’s flagship data center in Amsterdam. The first series of free-to-attend Lunch & Learn seminars are announced in joint partnership with IBM, of which the first event will take place on 18 October 2018. IBM’s CTO for the Benelux market, Gerard Smit, will then share his vision and elaborate on IBM’s ‘5 in 5’ technology predictions.

As an owner/operator of energy-efficient and redundantly engineered data center infrastructure, intends to offer colocation services on which channel partners including CSPs, MSPs, ISPs, systems integrators, as well as enterprises, can build and deploy their own services and applications. The company sees knowledge sharing as an integral part of its channel-focused go-to-market approach, to help partners successfully build their businesses on’s colocation infrastructure with ample connectivity options available. That’s why is launching their Lunch & Learn event series today in close cooperation with IBM. These knowledge events are open to anyone interested in the topics covered.

IBM’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg, Gerard Smit, will be the first high profile executive to be appearing at’s English language Lunch & Learn event on Thursday 18 October 2018 – in’s AMS1 flagship data center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In line with IBM’s ‘5 in 5’ technology predictions, he will share his global vision on topics such as blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), quantum computing, and more. What impact will these technology movements have on overall business operations? Mr. Smit will interactively provide his predictions and share his opinions.

About Gerard Smit

Gerard Smit is IBM’s CTO for the Benelux market since 2012, and an IBM Distinguished Engineer. Mr. Smith is a guest speaker at several universities and writes books, blogs and articles to share his vision. He previously worked in a variety of (global) job roles for companies including Capgemini, Pon Holdings, as well as banking organizations such as ABN AMRO, and ING. Gerard Smit has studied Data & Telecommunications, ICT Management (MA), Business Telematics (Msc.) and Technical Business Administration (Ing.) at various universities and colleges in both the Netherlands and UK.

Other interactive Lunch & Learn seminars in joined cooperation with IBM will soon be announced. is already in talks with other partners to extend the Lunch & Learn program while providing a supplier- and partner-neutral character to these series of knowledge events.

Agenda’s Free-To-Attend Lunch & Learn Seminar:

11:00 (CEST) Welcome (English language)
11:30 Introduction (English language)
11:45 How Innovation Will Change the Way the World Works – ‘IBM 5 in 5’ Technology Predictions (English language), by Gerard Smit, IBM’s CTO for Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg
12:45 Break
13:00 The Impact New Technology Has on Data Centers (English language), by Jochem Steman, CEO
13:40 Data Center Tour Amsterdam AMS1 (English language), by Hans Vreeburg, Data Center Commissioning & Engineering Manager,

To learn more about’s Free-To-Attend Lunch & Learn seminars and to register, visit their website here.

“These free-to-attend Lunch & Learn seminars are intended to be small-scale, high-level knowledge sharing events where managers and experts will get the opportunity to interactively learn, while sharing their market visions and know-how,” said Jochem Steman, CEO of “IBM is a great partner for kicking-off our Lunch & Learn series of events, as they have a wealth of knowledge available and superb technological solutions for addressing market challenges. We’ve planned to do several Lunch & Learn seminars with IBM, but also with other partners that will take the stage.”

Board Room, Office Space

The Amsterdam AMS1 facility, totaling 54.000 square feet (5.000 square meters) of colocation data center space upon completion, would be an ideal location for setting up these Lunch & Learn seminars. “Our board room and extensive office space allow for channel customers to receive their customers, but also for events like these. We have a very strict entry policy for the data center though, with biometric and other identification controls. It means that attendants signing up for this event will be subject to security measures.”

The interactive Lunch & Learn seminars, held in’s flagship data center in the Amsterdam Southeast business district, offer (free) fenced parking at the premises that is located directly at the edge of the A9 and A10 motorways. For guests from abroad, access to the AMS1 data center would be quite easy as Schiphol Airport is at a taxi ride distance.

About’s investors have committed themselves to invest heavily in state-of-the-art data center infrastructure – to meet the market’s growing need for energy efficient, highly interconnected and modular colocation facilities, in which organizations can flexibly and securely host their critical IT infrastructure while cloud computing needs are addressed.’s customized, reliable and innovative data center solutions are accompanied with the company’s best-in-class customer support.

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Media Contact:
Jorg Rademaker, Marketing Manager
Keienbergweg 22 | 1101 GB Amsterdam | the Netherlands

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