Although IT infrastructure delivers no direct business value, much of the business value is created in business processes that depend upon digital information processing and a solid and stable IT infrastructure. This IT infrastructure is mostly located in data centres and they are the back bone of the digital economy.
Until recently there were in Europe only organisations and associations that represent data centres either locally, or sometimes nationally. There was no association that represented the industry at a European level and no association that represented all aspects of the industry from data centre operators to data centre users, suppliers, consultants and manufacturers.
But this has changed. Now there is an European Data Centre Association (EUDCA). They launched informally with a website. The EUDCA will officially launch at the Data Centres Europe 2012 conference in Nice, France in May.
The objective of the EUDCA is :
- To create a professional and sustainable association that provides a collective voice for the industry with respect to regulation and policy issues that may affect it.
- To provide a platform for members to contribute to the establishment of best practice, education, industry leadership and technical standards to which the data centre industry adheres.
- To provide a European voice in the forward development of data centres internationally
Membership is open to all organisations that are connected with the data centre industry.