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Harrington Starr finds out more about why versatility is so important in data centre implementation and talks to Nick Brooks, Sales Director (UK and Ireland) for ICTroom

HS: Can you tell us about your business?
NB: ICTroom is a leading data centre integration company which designs, builds, maintains, manages and operates highly reliable data centres and computer rooms across Europe and in Africa.

HS: What has been your journey to current position?
NB: Since our inception in 2001 we have focused solely on data centresand are now among the leading technological companies in this space. The company was founded in Amsterdam and is expanding across Europe – particularly now in the other key DC markets of UK, Germany and France. ICTroom has implemented more than 250 data centres and computer rooms in the last ten years and has built up a full range of data centre facility infrastructure products, consultancy, project management and services.

HS: What interested you in this space?
NB: For me personally this is about working with an agile and skilful organisation in the DC space who were keen to expand their interest to other countries based on the success they have had in their own markets.

HS: How have you settled into the business?
NB: It’s very early days but already I am seeing plenty of opportunity both in the UK and Ireland. Potential clients seem very keen to want to speak to smaller, agile organisations who can turn their dreams into reality in a very short timescale and be flexible enough to understand that one size does not fill all requirements.

HS: What lessons did you learn in your previous role?
NB: I was able to understand how clients in the finance sector wished to buy their colocation, managed hosting and cloud services globally and what they were looking for with the service.

HS: Where do you see the opportunity for you in the UK and European market?
NB: Those organisations who strategically rely on their own data centre infrastructure either for data storage, computing, or both, who need to upgrade their solution or move their infrastructure back in-house from traditional colocation providers. They may also want to make use of existing real estate or move back closer to their end users.

HS: What are some of the major challenges facing the industry that your company overcomes?
NB: We find that some organisations are struggling with their business case so we have introduced an Opex solution to complement the more traditional Capex models associated with buying a data centre. Also, the fear of using cloud- based services among organisations is a challenge; there is a long way to go in educating the market and overcoming the fears and paranoia around security.

HS: How does your company differentiate itself from its competitors?
NB: ICTroom is an integrator not a manufacturer and it has also created a range of ‘standard’ solutions for different datacentre use-cases. 80% of any data centre – whatever the specification – can be built using these standard components. The remaining 20% requires customisation. Being a relatively small organisation, ICTroom is agile and flexible in designing a DC solution to fully meet a clients’ requirement by working closely with that client and then delivering a built out DC in a matter of weeks.

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Presentation interim results GreenDataNet for the European Commission

Morges, Switzerland - January 27, 2016

Today in Switzerland the review of the activities of the second year of the European FP7 project GreenDataNet takes place. Members of the European Commission are informed by, among others, Eric Taen and Gert Boer from ICTroom.

 

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Presentation interim results GreenDataNet for the European Commission

Morges, Switzerland - January 27, 2016

Today in Switzerland the review of the activities of the second year of the European FP7 project GreenDataNet takes place. Members of the European Commission are informed by, among others, Eric Taen and Gert Boer from ICTroom.

 

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ICTroom expands modular data centre portfolio & launches new technical support services

PRESS RELEASE

AMSTERDAM  – ICTroom, experts in the delivery of customised data centre solutions, today announced the expansion of its IMD (Integrated Modular Datacentre) product portfolio and the launch of a new technical support services portfolio.

ICTroom’s modular IMD is a design starting point for a customised data centre build. The original IMD was designed to deliver critical loads of increments of 750kW with each IT module comprising 160 or 320 sqm of white space. Via its portfolio expansion, ICTroom now offers more granular steps in scaling capacity and a new product line for micro-sites with requirements below 100kW.

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LEAN Expert Green Belt Certificate for ICTroom

Development, efficiency and quality of service are values that are fully embedded in the ICTroom way of work. Recently, three of our colleagues (Eelke Gunster, Vincent van der Zijden and Remko van Dijk) have successfully passes their exams for the LEAN Expert Green Belt Certificate. The six day course, distributed over a three month period, was hosted by the Lean Consultancy Group.

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ICTroom Integrated Data Centre Geleen now online on Vimeo

The Time Lapse video of the IMD built in Geleen.

Flexible, sustainable and in the shortest timeframe possible

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