Netherlands-based The Datacenter Group (TDCG) has acquired the data center infrastructure of NovoServe in Doetinchem and Enschede, in the eastern part of the Netherlands. By selling its two data centers, Infrastructure-as-a-Service hosting provider NovoServe is able to apply focus to their international IaaS hosting activities, whilst TDCG expands its regional coverage. According to the companies, this acquisition would therefore benefit the growth strategy of both companies.
The acquisition of the data centers was preceded by almost a year of research in which both companies investigated the various collaboration options. “Providing IaaS hosting is really a different type of specialization as opposed to managing a data center infrastructure and hosting data and applications in a private cloud, which is a growing market for us,” said Edwin Kennedy, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at TDCG. “The latter really requires much more consultancy and customer guidance.”
Herke Plantenga, CEO and co-founder of NovoServe, said he is pleased to be taking a step back from operating NovoServe’s data centers. “Although we have a lot of experience in the field, it’s not our core business. With TDCG on board as specialist in the area of data center services, we can focus on our core activity: providing IaaS hosting services to a global customer base. In addition, this collaboration guarantees the scalability of our data center infrastructure.”
To learn more about NovoServe, visit: https://www.novoserve.com/.
Data Center ‘Around the Corner’
TDCG wants to grow to a network with coverage across the Netherlands consisting of 10 data centers, one in each region of the country. Their locations in Amsterdam, Delft, Utrecht and Rotterdam would already provide great coverage in the greater Amsterdam area. After this expansion to the eastern part of the Netherlands, TDCG would be taking concrete steps to expand to the north and south of the country as well.
“For private cloud services it goes that customers want to do business with the business around the corner from them,” added Mr. Kennedy. “Although they can monitor and manage their entire environment remotely, we want customers to be able to reach the data center quickly in case of maintenance activities. This doesn’t just save them time, it’s also important from a trust perspective that their data is literally ‘around the corner’. After all, they are deliberately housing their business-critical and confidential data in a private cloud.”
“For the IaaS hosting market it’s a different story, said Mr. Plantenga. “Customers use our custom-built server configurations and quality network for things such as virtualization, cloud, and providing dedicated server hosting,” he added. “The majority of the sales market for our IaaS solutions is international due to the significant appeal of the Netherlands as an Internet hub.”
Many of the customers TDCG and NovoServe will be serving together are located in Germany and Eastern Europe. This would fit perfectly with the international growth ambitions of TDCG. “The Enschede region has traditionally been seen as a gateway from the Netherlands to the rest of Europe,” added Mr. Kennedy. “This has caused the region to be very internationally oriented. In addition, the Twente University attracts many high-end technology businesses. The area also boasts a lively start-up landscape. This rouses the demand for data center services in the east of the Netherlands, particularly the demand for private cloud.”
The steps taken by both companies would match the strongly increasing demand for hybrid cloud. “Gartner research from last year shows that businesses on average have only housed 10 to 20 percent of their IT in the cloud,” added Mr. Kennedy. “This will grow to 80 to 90 percent within a few years. We are currently at the tipping point. The demand for both public as well as private cloud is growing quickly. Together, TDCG and NovoServe are able to fulfill all needs – on premise as well as in the public and private cloud – and provide customers with advice about their best route to the cloud.”
Founded in 2015, NovoServe is an international Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider focused on delivering custom-engineered IaaS hosting solutions including dedicated servers, virtual servers (VPS hosting), managed services, and more. The company currently has 2,000 dedicated servers under management. Backed by venture capital including participation from German private equity company BE Beteilungen GmbH, NovoServe is aiming at further international expansion in Europe and beyond.
NovoServe has two company-owned data centers with a 100% uptime history available in the Netherlands (Doetinchem and Enschede) while it also has co-located data center presence in Frankfurt, Germany. These three data centers are redundantly interconnected through NovoServe’s cross-border network backbone in the Netherlands and Germany. A scalable network with global reach, this network features a smart routing design, spanning several redundantly interconnected data centers with PoPs located in the cities of Amsterdam (NIKHEF), Frankfurt, Enschede (2x), Hengelo, and Doetinchem.
About The Datacenter Group
The Datacenter Group is one of the largest providers of 100% Dutch data centers with locations in Amsterdam, Delft, Rotterdam and Utrecht. Between its carrier- and cloud-neutral TIER 3 data centers The Datacenter Group maintains its own network of redundant fiber-optic connections.
Since its origin, the data centers have realized an uptime of 100% according to The Datacenter Group. The data centers have green and sustainable solutions in place. The Datacenter Group is affiliated with the Dutch Datacenter Association. It is a certified AMS-IX partner and has achieved the following certifications: ISO 9001, ISO 27001, ISO 14001, NEN 7510, and PCI DDS. The Datacenter Group serves both Dutch and international clients within various sectors including healthcare, IT, financial and (non-) governmental.