A letter from our Chairman

November 3, 2016

I’m pleased to be taking this opportunity to write and introduce myself as the new Chairman of the European Data Centre Association and to update you on what has been happening over the past few months.

Several exciting changes have taken place within our organisation since the AGM took place in Monaco last June. Following my appointment as Chairman, the Board decided to hire a new Managing Director. I am delighted to welcome Nicola Hayes as the New Managing Director of the EUDCA and have the utmost confidence that under her leadership and the Board’s direction, the association will fulfil its potential as THE hub for the European Data Centre Industry.

Secondly, we’re pleased to announce that the three largest data centre operators in Europe are now represented on the EUDCA Board of Directors. Our updated Board includes both large and small operators from across the European continent and is truly representative of the diverse nature of the industry. All Board members (from 9 different European countries) are committed to ensuring the success of the organisation and most importantly making sure that we are instrumental in enabling industry growth & further development, both commercially and politically.

Finally, as the industry evolves, so must we. Our political remit remains strong and we will continue to monitor and be actively involved in relevant lobbying at European level, but it is in the best interests of our members that we also support and coordinate with in-country National Trade Associations. We intend to provide a hub for these valuable organisations to exchange ideas, goals and political objectives and to facilitate co-operation on common areas of concern.

We have also come to realise that one of the biggest problems our members, and most data centre operators across Europe, face, is commercial in nature rather than political. In an increasingly globalised data centre sector, gaining exposure and awareness outside of the operators own territory is costly and difficult to measure. This is where we, as a totally European and non-profit organisation, can really help our members to grow their business. Through our various marketing channels, including a searchable online directory, content distribution service, and research programme, we offer increased reach to each and every one of our members, not just across Europe but also in the US, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

These are exciting times for us at the European Data Centre Association and I’m truly honoured to be leading it at this point of time. I do hope that as many of you as possible, if not members already, will join us in our aim of enabling growth through collaboration. For more information why you should join EUDCA, click here.

 

With very best regards

Apostolos Kakkos
Chairman, EUDCA

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