Why Data Centers and Cloud Providers are Indispensable

More and more industries are changing due to digitalisation. In the primary sectors (agriculture, forestry, fisheries and mining) the importance of sensors and the Internet of Things (IoT) is increasing. Secondary sectors (industry, utilities and construction) are employing digital technologies such as Industry 4.0, IoT, Smart Grid and Building Information Modeling (BIM). The tertiary sector (trade, transport, information and communication, finance, real estate, professional services) is primarily focused on the rise of e-Commerce, social media and Fintech. The quarternary sector (public administration, education, healthcare) is transforming traditional services into online services such as e-Government, e-Learning and e-Health.

In each of these sectors, data centers and cloud & hosting providers deliver mission critical services such as, for instance the uninterrupted provisioning of IT services to energy companies or the continuous safeguarding of 24/7 customer access to webshops in both peak and off-peak hours.

The effective functioning of the digital delivery, creation and consumption supply chain is of vital importance to the smooth running of the digital economy. Below are some real life examples of the role data centers and cloud & hosting providers play in each of the above mentioned sectors.

The interdependence of data, networks, data centers, cloud providers and the digital services that they make possible is described in detail for the first time in the (Dutch) report ‘Fundament voor onze digitale economie’. The report is the result of a collaboration between the industry associations Dutch Hosting Provider Association (DHPA), Dutch Datacenter Association (DDA), ISPConnect and market research and consulting firm the METISfiles.

Download your (Dutch) copy here.

Download an abbreviated English version here.

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