Dylan van Dijk

Manager Innovation and Risks
Modular and integrated datacenters: A sustainable basis for European cloud services

In the Netherlands and in Europe, in addition to large hyperscale data centres, there is a need for data processing services (cloud) that are closer to the end user. Developments such as the fifth generation mobile network (5G) are examples of this need. Enabling data processing closer to the user (edge DC) increases security, shortens response times (the required ‘lower latency’), maximises integration with local energy networks and can meet the specific needs of the various innovative Dutch and European companies.
The sustainability of the data infrastructure is a major challenge. It is a big European data industry, the intensification of its use in combination with an increasing scarcity in the very sustainable energy market makes it necessary to optimise large and small DCs through a comprehensive integration in a network of eDCs and orchestration software. The necessary cooperation between the various parties is currently not taking place, or far too little, partly because the parties operate in previously separate areas and lack sufficient knowledge. Furthermore, there is a market failure in terms of innovation and investment in sustainable solutions for small (micro) edge DCs. Further large-scale digitisation in Europe is not possible without sustainable large and small DCs.
NDIX and its MISD project are joining forces in an important project of common European interest (IPCEI) dedicated to shaping the next generation of cloud infrastructures and services (CIS) by developing and creating a secure and energy-aware edge DC ecosystem as the foundation for the next generation EU cloud.

Short CV:

Dylan van Dijk studied computer science and held various positions at a system integrator: Consultant and Head of IT Services. He has been with NDIX since 2007. Besides the technical development of all NDIX products and services, Dylan van Dijk also built up the following departments: Network Operations Centre (NOC) and the Innovation Department within NDIX and trained and managed colleagues for these. In his current role, Dylan is responsible for innovation projects and developments in addition to business development.