Thursday, November 23, 2017

European Data Centre Association expands member base amid warnings of damaging data centre legislation currently under works

Organisation alerts to increasing amount of legislation being discussed and implemented which is could negatively impact the data centre sector.

The European Data Centre Association (EUDCA) has expanded its members list to 37 with the addition of Luxembourg data centre operator LuxConnect in a time when data centre legislation is being discussed across Europe which could impact the sector, the non-profit association has alerted.

Founded in 2011, the EUDCA is registered in Belgium under Royal Decree and has been set up to drive more attention towards the European data centre market and help formulate institutional and regulatory frameworks especially around the European Commission.

Tom Kettels , Chief Business  Development Officer at LuxConnect, told Data Economy: “LuxConnect are very pleased to have joined the European Data Centre Association. We feel it will help raise the profile of LuxConnect and Luxembourg as a secure destination to locate servers.

“We hope to take a very proactive part in the running of the Association liaising with operators in other regions and getting a voice to help shape the political agenda during these interesting times.”

LuxConnect joins a list of 36 other members which include companies such as Equinix, Telia, the Uptime Institute, Keppel Data Centres, Schneider Electric, Siemens, DigiPlex, Digital Realty Trust and Interxion.

Speaking to Data Economy, Alex Rabbetts, Board Member at the European Data Centre Association, said: “The EUDCA is growing steadily. The association has more than doubled its membership in the last few months and now has members from as far afield as the Ukraine to Greece and Cyprus in the south and to Finland and Sweden in the north of Europe.

“Under the direction of the current Chairman, Apostolos Kakkos, the association appointed Nicola Hayes as the Managing Director to introduce structure and process in order to enable greater growth and better serve the membership. Under her leadership the association has established a firm basis on which to grow in the future.”

Rabbetts explained that at a political level the EUDCA aims to provide a voice at the European Commission level on behalf of its members.

“An increasing amount of legislation is being discussed and implemented which is likely to have a negative impact on the data centre sector,” he said.

“The EUDCA aims to ensure that the interests of the sector are properly represented.

“The EUDCA is not intended to replace National Trade Associations, it is a co-operative association that seeks to unify common messages and support NTAs in their existing aims, whilst giving them access to a wider audience outside of the country in which they operate.”

Watch Data Economy’s exclusive interview with EUDCA’s MD Nicola Hayes.