Telecom IoT Investments Are Short Sighted

This week U.S. telecom giant AT&T announced it’s rolling out their LTE Cat-M1 network for network enterprise IoT and smart city implementation. Verizon beat them to market last year with the same technology. But while this has the potential to connect millions

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Everything You Need To Know About Our Cloud App Performance Service

Custom Connect is a global data communication specialist providing solutions to connect any office, data center, or cloud environment anywhere in the world. Our carrier neutral operating model is not bound to any single provider, and can provision access to any

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Custom Connect Launches Cloud App Performance

  The carrier neutral data communication specialists at Custom Connect are making the cloud easier to navigate, cheaper, and more reliable with the launch of their Cloud Application Performance service. With a clear understanding of how mission-critical the cloud is

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Sponsored Skier Floris Meijer Takes on Spring Training

Custom Connect’s sponsored Paralympic skier, Floris Meijer, is hitting the slopes in Switzerland before heading off to New Zealand to finish training. It’s an important time, as he’s working to qualify for the Olympics in Korea this fall. Tune in

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Get Your Head Out of The Clouds: 5 Misconceptions About Cloud Computing

Today, the cloud is part of everyday life. It is your email, your file sharing, where you listen to music, how your business runs smoothly. So, why is it that we understand so little about it? In an age increasingly

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An Informative & Successful Day at the Connecting The Cloud Event

Yesterday, leading players in the European cloud arena met for the Connecting the Cloud event at the Dutch National Military Museum on the former Soesterberg Airbase to discuss leading cloud developments and security. The event was hosted by Custom Connect in cooperation with

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Custom Connect Partners with BIT Data Centers

Custom Connect and BIT are excited to announce their partnership establishing a Point Of Presence at the BIT data center facilities in Ede, Netherlands, giving customers the opportunity to access much sought after hybrid solutions featuring Azure, AWS, Microsoft and

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AWS outage showed the cloud isn’t unreliable, it’s undeniable

There’s no doubt you heard about Amazon Web Services going down last week, bringing a good chunk of the internet with it. But amidst the fact checking and general cleanup (which is mostly just sweeping the incident under the rug

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Custom Connect Monthly Newsletter: February 2017

We have to say we’re quite excited about 2017. Two months into the year and our expanded (and continually expanding) team is tackling great new projects and extending our reach. Last month we partnered with NetDialog, announced we’re looking for

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Floris Hits The Slopes for the World Championship

Paralympic sit-skier and official Custom Connect mascot Floris Meijer hit the slopes for his first World Championships this week. There were a few bumps on the slope, but he pulled through for a great personal victory in the Super G

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Important Questions With The Rise of AI

Artificial Intelligence is working its way into our everyday lives. But, as CTO Rutger Bevaart points out, this technology is also raising some important questions as it becomes integrated into our homes and businesses.

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Custom Connect Monthly Newsletter: January 2017

We kicked off the year with our sponsored skier looking ahead to an exciting year, joining forces with Volta and talk Big Data revolution and exploring topics like The Cloud and the future of telecom.    Floris Meijer’s 2016 in

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Custom Connect Partners with Previder

Previder start samenwerking met Custom Connect Hengelo, 2 februari 2017 – Previder, leverancier van datacenter-, cloud- en connectiviteitsdiensten, gaat een samenwerking aan met Custom Connect, de carrier-neutrale datacommunicatie-provider. Door de samenwerking kan Previder internationaal opererende bedrijven sneller voorzien van betrouwbare

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The Need For Speed & AI

Being innovative relies on your speed and flexibility to make decisions. But today, that sentiment rings truer than ever for our friends in the financial sector (in particular) now that technology is playing a bigger role than ever. Big Data

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Announcing Our New CRO: Dennis Warnar

Our longtime employee Dennis Warnar has been promoted to Chief Revenue Officer of Custom Connect. Dennis will implement a plan for steady revenue growth, lead our sales teams and solutions architects, as well as expand our reach into new markets.

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What you need to know about Photonics & the telco industry

There’s a lot of buzz around photonics, and for good reason. This incredible technology is going to improve processing power immensely – opening the floodgates for innovation. But despite it’s promising, and speed-of-light future, this technology still has a long ways

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The cloud isn’t the future – it’s now

Cloud deployment is set to grow by 18 percent this year, according to an IDC forecast. And if those staggering statistics don’t convince you to make the move, maybe IBM’s $64 million cloud-building contract with the United States will sway

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Here’s How Amazon, Google & Facebook Are Set to Change The Telco Industry

More and more industry leaders theorize Amazon, Google, and Facebook will replace telecoms as they increasingly acquire telecom infrastructure, as well as devise plans to provide internet and content for customers. Custom Connect CTO Rutger Bevaart gives us some insight

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The Big Data Revolution

The Big Data revolution isn’t about the crazy amount of data being collected – although, there is a ton. We mean, a ton. The revolution is the fact that this data can now be analyzed in ways we couldn’t before

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The next big thing: On-Demand Wide Area Networking

Software Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) and 5G will trigger new dynamics in the carrier and networking market. The on-demand service concept is coming to the WAN. Users will love it; but, we are not there yet. It’s part of

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Beware of punishment for something you did not do

In many countries throughout the European Union, legislation is underway to protect the privacy and security of consumers. The new laws would hold companies responsible for leaking customers personal data. That means major fines – sometimes adding up to the

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Great Start Floris Meijer

Floris Meijer had a great start of the season. He finished 3th in the Eurocup Slalom. Watch the video in this weeks update. We wish Floris all the best in the upcoming race in Pitztal!

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The hunt for infra accelerates

Two worlds apart are now coming together. But, why would one of the largest enterprise software providers in the world (Oracle) be interested in a DNS Service provider that lives deep in the basement of the internet (Dyn)? The tale

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Is there a cyberwar upcoming?

East and West are drifting apart – with the leaders of Russia, Europe and the US exchanging threats. And it’s not just a matter of words: in the digital arena, warfare is in full swing. But, will the new US

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Space, the next frontier in connectivity

Plans for humans living in space are no longer science fiction, as the likes of Tesla founder Elon Musk, Google, and Facebook seem to be seriously preparing for a manned Mars mission. This raises the question: how will these people

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The end of the combustion engine

Are you considering to buy a car? Keep this in mind: just like the dinosaur and the dodo, the traditional car will become a dying species. Petrol heads need to find another passion. In many European countries legislation that prohibits

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Internet of Dangerous Things

The Internet of Things opens up huge opportunities. Also for the bad guys. The network of connected machines, devices and systems offers new tools and methods to cybercriminals for doing their bad trades. We ain’t seen nothing yet. Much of

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The tide is turning

If the service is free, you are the product. In fact, internet giants such Facebook, Google, Pinterest and LinkedIn make huge profits with the information we all add to our accounts and through our behavior on the web. Now, Telefonica

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How low can you go? 5G sets record of 2ms latency

5G, the new technology for mobile communications, is developing quickly and the impact is immense. Soon, governments, carriers and companies will be using it for strategic purposes. Why is 5G more than just another innovative technology? Well, due to the

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The mind blowing numbers behind the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is about to have a break through. Before we know it, everything will get a chip or a sensor – a bit of software code and connectivity. Even the dumbest stuff, such as office chairs, car

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Floris Meijer Qualified For World Championship

Floris Meijer qualified to ski his first world championship in January! In this video you’ll see more about his training towards this championship and how he has dealt with a broken sit ski. We wish Floris all the best in upcoming

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Connectivity on earth and above

There is still a huge market to gain. Half of the worlds population, 3,7 billion people, has no access to internet from their home or smartphone. Half of those have no internet access at all. And how about other planets?

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Smart City starts with Smart Connections

Cities need to become smarter in order to optimize traffic, waste management, education, social welfare, health or crime fighting. Many technologies are emerging to help city management improve its efforts, and they all have one thing in common: they are

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VRio: Virtual Reality Breakthrough on Olympic Games 2016 in Rio

Buckle up for the next big thing: this summer’s Olympic Games will showcase the groundbreaking  phenomenon of Virtual Reality to the general public. So fasten your seatbelts and put your goggles on!   Virtual Reality enhances the experience of the

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The Truth Is Dying

Manipulation of the truth is everywhere, in the East and in the West. Do not be naïve – manipulation is not confined to closed political systems like China. ‘Our’ free world champions like Facebook, Google and Twitter are suspected of

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Robbing you silent: The Internet of Bots

Surprise! The most fanatic users of internet are not human at all. These users don’t post cute kitten pictures on Instagram, share family photos on Facebook, or look at Russian dashcam videos on YouTube – they just crawl the web.

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Is the Internet breaking apart?

The mistrust and animosity between Russia and the West is now threatening the core internet infrastructure. Of course, cyber battles between both powers have been fought for several years. But now Russia has announced its looking for new ways to

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I am measurable, therefore I am

The great French philosopher René Descartes is best known for his quote, “I think; therefore I am”. That was in the 17th century. Nowadays, you only “are” when you produce data. When you have at least a financial history with

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Technology leads us from the Cloud into the Fog

High-Tech comes with many buzz words. Remember Al Gore’s ‘Information Highway’ in the early days of the world wide web? Fast forward to now and most people are familiar with terms such as the Cloud, Big Data, the Quantified Self,

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How a Dutch law affects the global internet traffic

Where is Edward Snowden when you need him? In a small country by the sea, some disturbing legislation is underway that has consequences for internet users around the world. With this new bill, the Dutch Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD

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Take cover for the Video Tsunami

So you think that video is at its height with the broad adoption of Netflix, Youtube, Vimeo, GoPro and the like? Well, you haven’t seen anything yet. We should expect a Tsunami of video content to flood in as the

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The Next Internet in the Making

In just a few years, the self driving car will navigate our streets. Just try to imagine how much data needs to be exchanged and handled in real-time to ensure that the car and its passengers will reach their destination

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Japanese Giant NTT climbs further in the food chain

Carrier NTT is adding another bead to its necklace. NTT Data has announced the acquisition of Dell Services, the global IT services provider. The deal reflects NTT DATA’s continued focus on expanding its brand and leadership position globally. Market analysts

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Floris Meijer on track for the Paralympics 2018

Our Custom Connect mascot Floris Meijer is competing very well. He finished 5th in the Obersaxen race (in Switzerland) in his last major slalom race of the season. An amazing result, as Floris had to recover from a recent, and

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NSA-Free internet in Brazil?

Brazil plans to build a submarine internet cable that directly links Brazil with Europe to counter US electronic espionage. The project is estimated to cost some $250 million. The secure connection is expected to be operational in late 2017, as

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The most secure network is a disconnected one.

Cybersecurity is navigating between Scylla and Charybdis; the devil and the deep blue sea. Between closed but secure systems on the one hand — and more open, user friendly environments on the other. And now the US Navy is considering the

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Great Start World Cup !

Season 2015-2016 started good for Floris Meijer, Pro Skier going for the Paralympics in 2018 in South Korea. With a superb first race in December together with the sponsorship contract from Custom Connect in January 2016. Floris visited four countries

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Simply Throw Your Data In The Sea

After the Cloud, now come the Waves. Is the future of cloud computing at sea? It seems so, now that Microsoft has come up with a radical way to store data: under the surface of the sea. And only a

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Raise the Red Flags. Shark Attack on Internet!

Guess what the biggest threat is to internet access worldwide. Hackers? Power outages? Construction? No, it is sharks. Sharks? Yes, sharks. How is that? Ninety-nine percent of internet traffic runs via subsea cables. Cables of this sort were being laid

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Internet of Things. But what Internet?

Everything gets connected. Your car, home lighting, sound equipment, your wrist watch. But also your garbage can, mattress, raincoat and restroom. Your children, pets and elderly parents. And even your flowerbeds, driveway and drainpipes. Everything will communicate. But the main

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AMS-IX Goes China: will there be full Internet freedom?

ChinaCache has signed a strategic agreement with AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) to develop an internet exchange for China. ChinaCache is a total solutions provider of internet content and application delivery services in China. The company is listed on the Nasdaq

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Some Thoughts on the Viatel Acquisition by Zayo

Zayo, a provider of bandwidth infrastructure and network-neutral colocation and connectivity services, has announced the acquisition of Viatel’s infrastructure and non-Irish enterprise businesses. Zayo shows an eight-year history in acquisitions: 29 in total to this day. The Viatel acquisition will provide

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Net Neutrality – the battle goes on

The concept of strict net neutrality has been under pressure for some time now. Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge different

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Cyber War is going submarine – or is it?

The silent Cyber War between Russia and the West has reached a new stage as Russian vessels seem to be exploring the exact location of major subsea data communication cables. Russian submarines and reconnaissance vessels have been spotted near the

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Who Pays When Everyone Wants To Watch ‘House Of Cards’?

Video on Demand is booming. Netflix sees accelerated growth of its global customer base. Netflix’ proprietary network and peering facilities have been scaled to facilitate numerous concurrent users that request the large volumes of data that video consists of. However,

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Can Your Network Handle the Internet of Things Data Tsunami?

Gartner forecasts that 4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30 percent from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020. The Internet of Things (IoT) has become a powerful force for business transformation, and its

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What do the Germans know that we don’t?

The German Internet Exchange DE-CIX recently opened an exchange on Sicily. Apollon Internet exchange is located at Telecom Italy Sparkle’s “Sicily Hub” Data Center in Palermo. The new Mediterranean Internet Exchange is meant to improve the Internet experience in Africa

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We Say Goodbye to a Respected Competitor. A Farewell to #easynet

Interoute, owner-operator of one of Europe’s largest networks and a global cloud services platform, announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire European managed services provider Easynet. The acquisition demonstrates the ongoing consolidation in the communications, data center and

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Drivers and Homeowners Will Demand Enterprise-Grade Connectivity

The Internet of Everything is emerging. Consumers will have their cars, home equipment, clothing, watches and other devices connected together, far beyond standard internet access. They will need the lowest latency, highest bandwidth and 99,9999% availability for their connections, just

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Godzilla El Niño: Are The Networks Prepared This Time?

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina landed on the Louisiana coast and devastated large parts of the coastal area of the Gulf of Mexico, including New Orleans. Katrina’s wake led to many outages in the region’s communications infrastructure. Extreme weather patterns

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Goodbye to the Carrier-Neutral Data Center?

The trend of carriers entering the data center arena by opening ‘Carrier Hotels’ has been occurring for some time. Data center providers are now responding to this development by initiating the reverse. By creating their own long haul data center

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The Legendary FastNet Race, Our Daphne Sutton is in!

Daphne Sutton, our new colleague in Custom Connect’s London Office, is taking part in this year’s Fastnet Race, 603 miles of non stop ocean sail racing from Cowes on the Isle of Wight, down to the South West coast of

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More Cloud, More Fiber, More Bandwidth

Research in The Netherlands shows that a growing acceptance of cloud computing in business environments results in an increase of fiber connectivity in companies and enterprises. The Netherlands is one of the most sophisticated regions in the world for connectivity,

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Carriers, beware!

As major industry developments have shown, the position of telecom and datacom carriers is being challenged. Internet giants Amazon, Facebook and Google are moving into the connectivity arena, which until recently, has been dominated by traditional carriers. The new kids

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The strong vision of the Internet’s Founding Fathers

The pioneers that thought out the architecture and protocols of the Internet roughly fifty years ago probably never anticipated the immense scale and growth of their inventions. PCs, the World Wide Web, smartphones and other connected devices were still hidden

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Wall Street comes to a halt, the world just keeps on turning

A few weeks ago, we saw a series of high profile computer system failures, all within a few hours of each other. United Airlines suffered a system outage, creating chaos for its passengers and disrupting travel schedules. A few hours

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Prepare for 1Tbs Bandwiths!

You thought maybe that 100Gb is much? Buckle up: transmission volumes of 1 Terabit per second (Tbps) are just around the corner. The world wants to be super-connected and more and more bandwidth is needed to accommodate the needs of

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Trend: Data Center Roaming

Trend: Data Center Roaming Neutrality is moving up the infrastructure ladder. At Custom Connect, we have the vision that carrier-neutrality is the way to go for enterprise connectivity. Why? We find that companies want and need to stay flexible. Connectivity

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Retailers are becoming entertainment companies. Can their networks deal with that?

Retailers need to use an extensive toolbox to gain, retain and entertain their customers. The customer journey leads the consumer from social media to webshops, from the contact center agent to the assistant in the store. At all contact points,

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Living in a high speed network world to get your job done everyday

Introducing iCloud far before it existed. In 1997 Steve Jobs discussed his vision on computing at one of his legendary presentations. Looking back at his remarks, it is striking that almost 20 years ago, Jobs foresees the cloud as we

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Will Custom Connect break another latency record between Mainland Europe and the UK?

At this moment in time our microwave connections between Frankfurt and London are the fastest in the industry. Now we are supporting another speed record breaking initiative: a rowing challenge between Rotterdam in The Netherlands and London. The Dutch Marines

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Nigeria invests in broadband to accelerate economic growth

Broadband access is key to economic growth and development. Governments worldwide are investing in their national communication infrastructures. Nigeria, already showing massive economic growth, making it one of the strongest countries in Africa, wants to accelerate even further. The Nigerian

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Indonesia, Philippines directly connected to USA

SEA-US cable will boost Asian economies; adds strategic diversity to transpacific networks. A global consortium of telecommunications companies has started to build the South-East Asia – United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system, the first to directly connect Indonesia and the United

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A hole in the ground and a cable cut

Sometimes, what appears to be a small, insignificant event can have an effect on the wider world. A Spanish man ploughing his land managed to temporarily bring down the business activities of a large part of Valencia, one of Spain’s

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Dancing Elephants – What about Equinix’s bid for TelecityGroup?

Last week, on May 7th, the US data center giant Equinix announced it will bid for the European TelecityGroup. The offer may upset Telecity’s proposed merger with Netherlands-based Interxion. If the bid succeeds, Equinix will become the largest carrier-neutral data

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We are all in this together

Disaster scenarios, you either love them or hate them. The end of the civilized world could happen in numerous ways according to doomsayers. Giant tsunamis, killer viruses, global warming… some would say it is a miracle that we all are

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Your router may go up in smoke very soon

The Internet of Things is causing the Internet to grow at an accelerated rate. Billions of con-nected devices such as cars, wearables and sensors will have IP-addresses and need routing. Many routers currently on the market cannot handle this level

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AS, the hallmark of Internet Architecture

Most people are familiar with the IP numbering system. For those who are new to the concept, an IP address is the numerical label assigned to a device (for example, a computer, printer, smartphone, etc.) accessing a network that uses

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Iceland, will they live up to the promise?

The latest developments in enterprise IT often originate from consumer services, in particular the gaming industry. As an early adopter of new technologies, the video gaming sector commonly helps to drive global innovation. For that reason alone, it is interesting

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Big data is all about the network

Big Data analysis offers significant opportunities for the enterprise. Cost savings, increased productivity and improved customer insight are just some of the benefits. There has been plenty of discussion about corporate data and its management, but one aspect that is

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Reflecting on Further Consolidation in the European Data Center Arena

As the industry digests the Telecity and Interxion merger, another provider is reported to be making its move, this time NTT. The Japanese telecoms giant has announced its plans to take a major interest in e-shelter, a major data center

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Fiber: temperature affects latency

The temperature of the soil influences fiber optic cables and therefore the latency of the signal that travels through. This effect is found through research by the universities of Amsterdam and Groningen into the accuracy of new virtual atomic clock

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Higher Bandwidth, Lower Pricing

Fiber is now reaching the smaller business environments. More businesses gain access to higher bandwidth and fiber connectivity for Internet access. Building fiber to businesses is realizing better ROI for carriers. Gigabit services are becoming the standard. Cable companies continue

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Cloud Networking: What’s Going On?

Everything becomes a Service. Looking at the Infrastructure (IaaS) level, Virtual Machines and Virtual Local Area Networks (VLAN’s) were about the first resources that came available through hosting en cloud offerings. Other network devices such as firewalls, routers and load

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Telecity/Interxion deal proves ‘carrier-neutrality’ is the way to go

Telecity Group and Interxion, two of world’s leading providers of carrier-neutral data centre services, have agreed to merge. Both are long-standing partners of Custom Connect and the announcement points towards the large-scale consolidation currently occurring across the data centre industry.

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The importance of Net Neutrality

The closing of the digital mind is looming. The open Internet has fostered unprecedented creativity, innovation and access to knowledge and to other kinds of social, economic, cultural, and political opportunities across the globe. Today, this open Internet is endangered

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Lesson learned: Make your connectivity personnel redundant!

‘Even geduld’ (Please be patient). That was the message on Dutch National Broadcast on Monday January 26th. On primetime NOS Journal, the Dutch national daily news broadcast, was hijacked by a disturbed teenager with a gun. What happened? We have

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Why does Alaska need to be connected to high speed internet?

Nevertheless, there are initiatives going on to realize an optic cable between the two regions, connecting the west of Alaska on the fly. Then rural Alaska can benefit from ultrafast broadband network. The ‘Arctic fiber’ project promises to bring gigabit

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The future of IPv6 is here, or not?

The past decade we have been following the rapid depletion of public IPv4 space using online counters and graphs. The fact that we were running out has fuelled many heated debates on the liberal assignments made by the registries in

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Cuba: blank spot in the internet jungle

In the past two years, there have been steps towards greater access to the Internet in Cuba. These have included the activation of the ALBA-1 submarine cable, opening of Internet access points, and the introduction of mobile Internet service. Recently

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Disruption is of all times

But in the end they tend to replace their predecessors. The old infrastructures then become obsolete. An illustration of this development is the closure of the Canso Cable Station in Nova Scotia. It was built in 1888 and for more

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