Amsterdam, July 31, 2018 - Cloud adoption grows, IoT networks are rolled out globally and the European data center markets continues to show strong growth. Just a grasp of the insights that visitors received last January at the first edition of KickStart Europe. Approximately 300 C-level executives from 15 countries, attended the strategy summit focused on European trends and investments in data centers, fiber networks and cloud. Due to its success, the second edition of KickStart Europe will again be held at the international conference center Amsterdam RAI, on January 14-15, 2019.
Partners of KickStart Europe 2019
Last years' partners NIBC, Vertiv, Unica Datacenters, CBRE, Caransa Groep, AC Niellsen Data Centers, Development Agency NHN and Agriport A7, will support the upcoming edition again. A new partner this year is pioneering technology leader ABB, who will bring energy-insights to the event in January.
"It was really excited to see the breadth of different people at this event" said Mitul Patel, Head of EMEA Data Center Research at CBRE, about this first edition. In 2019, Patel will again share his forecasts in an outlook for the European data center market and analyze the hot and emerging European data center markets.
Stijn Grove, Managing Director of Digital Gateway to Europe and initiator of KickStart Europe, is happy to take the next step in organizing the successful summit. "The event provides a venue for important thought leaders from the digital infrastructure industry and the ecosystem, to share trends, opinions and ideas," Grove says. "This European strategy event gives the year a kickstart and is the perfect place to meet and greet the industry. Strategic partnerships are the way forward to prepare for the exponential growth in demand for data. We are therefore very happy to have committed partners that support this summit again."
KickStart Europe 2019 takes place on Thursday January 15th at RAI Amsterdam. On the evening of January 14th, an informal pre-conference reception is held. Until November 1st, there is an early bird discount of 15% on the ticket price of €295,-. Tickets can be purchased online via www.kickstartconf.eu
"We want to ensure that we have options to continue to expand our data center presence in Europe if our business demands it," Google spokesman Mark Jansen said Thursday.
Google already owns a data center in the northeastern town of Eemshaven in the Netherlands, and announced earlier this year it would invest 500 million euros ($582.2 million) to expand it, after initially spending 600 million euros.
Google didn’t disclose how much it spent on the plot of land outside of Amsterdam. Other tech firms, including Microsoft Corp., have built data centers in the area, which offers a relatively cheap supply of sustainable electricity, according to the Netherlands’ foreign investment agency.
The report reflects the growth and developments that have taken place in the data center sector over the past 12 months. The 198 multi-tenant data centers have a gross surface area of 546,000 m2 of which 308,000 m2 is net data floor. The power capacity of the single and multi-tenant data centers is estimated at around 1350 MW. Stijn Grove, Director of the Dutch Data Center Association, said: “We were not surprised to see that the industry also grew strongly in 2017. And the prospects for the entire industry are still excellent due to the ongoing digitization.”
The report is freely accessible for download here
If you’re looking for a great tech city to find your next job in, then stop looking at Silicon Valley and start looking at Amsterdam. The Dutch capital was named the best European Tech City to work in by Hubspot, which recently did a study into Europe’s tech scene.
This comes as no surprise if you consider that 578 international ICT (information and communications technology) companies have offices in Amsterdam, with 170 of them picking Amsterdam to establish their headquarters.
By the industry, for the industry
"Only by collaborating we can prepare for the extensive growth in demand for data", says Stijn Grove, Chairman of KickStart Europe. "It is the only way in which the cloud, connectivity and data center industry is able to continue servicing the economy." To help the industry to work together, KickStart Europe was launched to kick-off the year 2018. Around 300 C-level executives, coming from 15 different countries, the industry came together to discuss future trends and investments in technology and digital infrastructure.
The Outlook 2018 report goes further where the event ended; what does the industry have to know about what is heading our way, and how can we as the industry prepare?
Growth, Growth & Growth
One thing we can expect for the future is growth. In relative numbers, such as 155% growth in XaaS spending in 2022, but most definitely in absolute numbers. Mobile data traffic in Europe is expected to grow to over 5700 PB per month in 2022. On a global scale, the revenue of AI will go towards $24 bln in 2022, compared to the $2,1 bln that was generated for AI in 2017.
According to IDC, the amount of zetabytes created on an annual basis will grow with almost 300% over the next five years. Mobile data creation is even growing faster, with video being the main driver. So there is a lot coming our way.
Download the 2018 Outlook report
The 2018 Outlook report by KickStart Europe is available for download here.
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KickStart Europe 2018
AMSTERDAM – Digital Gateway to Europe (DG), a government and industrybacked initiative based in the Netherlands, today announces the speaking line-up for KickStart Europe 2018, taking place 24 January, at RAI Amsterdam. Featuring C-level executives and leading analysts from across the continent, these thought-leaders and influencers will discuss the emerging trends and investments in digital infrastructure that are shaping the connectivity, data center and cloud industry sectors in Europe.