Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven (Education, Culture and Science) opens the new data competence center d'Root on Zernike Campus on Wednesday November 14. With this remarkable building, Bytesnet, vendor of data services, wants to set a new standard for data centers. The unique building and the data competence center are an enrichment of the ICT network on Campus Groningen.
d'Root offers more than just safe and reliable storage of data and fast connections. In the Datalab there are spaces available for work, presentation, research and testing for clients and partners of Bytesnet, amongst whom several knowledge and research institutions and innovative companies from the region. Besides this, d'Root also has facilities for high performance computing. These computers with high computing power are neccesary for instance for scientific research and the processing of big data.
Northern IT cluster
Bytesnet is an independent Dutch provider of data center services with branches in Groningen and Rotterdam. The company wants to contribute to the Northern IT cluster with d'Root. "With d'Root we help prevent data moving elsewhere, for instance to cloud providers at the other end of the world. The implication and value of data is growing; by keeping the data in Groningen, new companies and new applications can emerge on a regional level. This way we strengthen the IT sector in the region, and thereby the business services and the industry. This can become an important driver for the economy and employment", according to CEO Peter de Jong.
Opening 14 November
The official opening is done by Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven. She will be assisted by Henk Pijlman, chairman of the Board of the Hanze University, Carol Jackson, director of ASTRON en CEO Peter de Jong of Bytesnet. The opening is expected to be visited by 200 attendees from all over the Netherlands.
Article: bytesnet.nl and gic.nl
Photo: Detail of exterior of d'Root, copyright Campus Groningen