The Future of the Dutch Cloud & Hosting Industry

This week METISfiles presented on the Future of the Dutch Cloud & Hosting Industry at an event organized by the Dutch Hosting Provider Association (DHPA). The current state of the Dutch cloud & hosting industry can be summarised as follows: Cloud & hosting providers provide web hosting, infrastructure hosting, application hosting (or a combination of […] Read more »

Charting the Dutch Digital Economy Part X: Internet Economy Revisited

The Dutch Statistical Agency (CBS) recently published an interesting study into the Dutch internet economy. Interesting because of the used methodology and the fact that they have tried to put a number on online services. CBS partnered with Dataprovider and Google. The first step in the research  was to select Dutch websites from Dataprovider’s website […] Read more »

Managing The Cloud Palette

Unlike born-in-the-cloud companies that usually rely heavily on the public cloud for competitiveness and agility, most organisations will need to orchestrate, integrate, manage, and source a hybrid mix of cloud and non-cloud resources to satisfy legacy IT and regulatory demands (see figure below). Model: Most organisations will have a mix of public, private, and hybrid […] Read more »

Marketing Budgets & Unicorns – Both Scarce in the Netherlands

In a recent post we discussed the Dutch startup environment, looking at whether the necessary conditions have been created within the Netherlands for startups to thrive and eventually become a Unicorn like Uber, Airbnb, Snapchat or Pinterest, or, in Europe, Skype, Spotify, Rovio and Dutch fintech company Adyen. Though these companies have no trouble finding […] Read more »

IBM adds new all-flash hardware to its evolving software defined storage strategy

I can identify 4 developments for a storage system supplier from the provider of point products, through unification (getting all storage systems under a single management schema), to federation (adding the ability to address other vendors’ arrays) all the way to ‘software defined’ – which in this context means the ability to manage numerous storage […] Read more »

Charting the Dutch Digital Economy Part IX: Is There More?

In our series on the Dutch digital economy we have analysed the Dutch B2C, B2B and C2C segments. While these are the largest single online transaction segments there are other combinations possible as we can see from the table below. But do these other segments exist only theoretically or are they just small for the […] Read more »