Category Archives: Data Center and Cloud

Jens Eckhardt

EuroCloud: Only One Year Until GDPR– New Challenges For Cloud Providers

  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) poses new challenges for cloud providers
  • Data processing contracts need to be adapted to GDPR
  • Exclude sanctions and civil claims

On 25 May 2018, the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will enter into force, and will regulate the handling of personal data in cloud infrastructure. “The legal requirements for contract data processing in the cloud is changing with the new European regulation,” says lawyer Jens Eckhardt, Board Member for Legal & Compliance EuroCloud Deutschland_eco e. V. “Cloud providers should review current contracts with their clients as soon as possible in order to adjust them by May 2018, if necessary, so that unlawful use can be avoided. The GDPR does not include any exceptions for legacy contracts, which means that existing contracts must also comply with the GDPR requirements.” Continue reading

eco Association: Further Consolidation of Housing and Hosting Sector

• Recent major deals, like the takeover of Host Europe Group by GoDaddy, demonstrate the consolidation trends in the Housing and Hosting sector
• Providers want to exploit economies of scale and expand geographically

The beginning of December 2016 has seen two major deals in the Housing and Hosting sector: GoDaddy won the bidding competition for the Host Europe Group, and the data center service provider Equinix has announced that they will be taking over 29 of Verizon’s data centers. “Both deals demonstrate the current trends in consolidation. This is the case in the Hosting sector, as well as in the area of Server-Housing/Colocation in data centers,” says Dr. Béla Waldhauser, Leader of the Datacenter Expert Group in eco – Association of the Internet Industry e. V. Continue reading

Brave New World: Between the Fascination for and Scepticism of IT

Experts discuss technological revolutions in the interactive battle “520 Weeks”

Artificial intelligence, robotics, self-driving cars and the Internet of Things: Technology has dramatically changed our life and work in the last 10 years. What can we expect in the next 520 weeks? With what portion of fascination and scepticism should we be facing this? What special role do data centers play, and what does their future look like?


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The Future of Cloud Computing and the Second Half of the Chess Board

Cloud computing is believed by many to be the favoured model of the future. Felix Höger, Vice-Chair of EuroCloud Deutschland and eco Director Online Services / Cloud Computing, and Jens Wardenbach, Head of  Cloud Marketing at QSC AG give an overview of what cloud computing means for how we use digital technology today and the potential it offers for the future in this opinion piece:

Digitalization needs a new mindset

New all-purpose technologies not only represent technical problems for us. Their greatest challenge is in the mind: Already, nine out of ten companies want to be well equipped for digital transformation, as a survey  by the IT research and consultancy firm Crisp Research found. The same survey showed that only 61 percent of those questioned see themselves as being driven by digitalization. This contradiction allows us to see that we are just at the beginning. Continue reading