The year is coming to a close, it is time to think retrospectively and unravel what the future may hold for the data center industry.
2017 was a great year for Datacenter.com, our flagship facility in Amsterdam was successfully opened and it expanded rapidly. We also announced something new and innovative, something important to the data center industry, especially in Amsterdam, our flexible colocation service (Start Direct Cabinet) which enables us to better conform with the demands of our customers. We still have still more innovative solutions in stock for our customers.
IT infrastructures and data centers have always experienced immense structural change. Last year saw a shift in thinking towards the data center being regarded as utility. This is an indicator to the fact that there will be more emphasis on service excellence and flexibility in the data center in 2018. Data centers are no longer regarded as background and behind the scene components of business operation, they are fast becoming one of the most important and core components of business operation and success.
A recent 451 research report mentioned that organizations will continue to adopt colocation services but still need tight integrations with the public cloud providers to create hybrid cloud solutions. This is a trend that won’t stop anytime soon.
Data centers undoubtedly play a vital role in providing the essential infrastructure required to support the always-on and connectivity hungry digital businesses pushed by the cloud, IoT and mobile usage, so we expect that there will be a change in the way data centers are procured. We as data centers are expected to meet the business agenda set by businesses and we are well-equipped and always ready to do this.
One of the main reasons why customers partner with us in our new facility in Amsterdam is our flexible and scalable approach. Businesses and corporations now innovate with elements like competitive products, business models, and marketing initiatives. To effectively do this, they need a flexible environment that will allow them to keep up with the changes, market developments and the growing competition.
With the growing innovation and changes in the industry, I expect that we as data center providers have to put in more hard work to meet the needs of customers and be more flexible than ever. In 2018, we will focus on agility and adaptability to keep us ahead of the game. At Datacenter.com, we will continue to expand our locations and services to challenge the status quo.
Thank you for trusting us, we appreciate your support. 2018 looks very promising, we look forward to sharing it with you.