Green IT Amsterdam and SDIA join forces to make digital infrastructure even more sustainable. The aim is to create more impact and to make knowledge available more quickly through software and tools.
Green IT Amsterdam and SDIA are joining forces. Both organisations have a strong focus on making the digital infrastructure more sustainable. Together they want to initiate or join innovation projects focused on sustainability. Additionally both organisations will work together to make the knowledge and technology they develop commercially available to the market as quickly as possible. For example by creating startups that develop and sell software, cloud services and other tools that can be used by data centres and others to green their digital infrastructure.
“Never before has the digital infrastructure in the Netherlands been more important than in these times of COVID-19”, says Anwar Osseyran, founder of Green IT Amsterdam. “Right now both the economy and the social life of many people are completely dependent on data centers and networks. The Dutch digital infrastructure is of an excellent quality and supports our country 24/7 - even during this pandemic. Nevertheless, we should not forget that the impact on the environment and, for example, the energy consumption of this infrastructure is substantial. Via our cooperation with SDIA we want to make better use of the knowledge we have developed to further reduce the environmental impact of data centers and network infrastructures, without compromising performance, availability or innovation opportunities”.
European Reach, Local Impact
For years Green IT Amsterdam has played a major role in developing knowledge to make the digital infrastructure of our country more sustainable. The Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance (SDIA) was launched in Germany in 2019. “We too are very much focused on opportunities to further green the digital infrastructure,” says Max Schulze, executive chairman of SDIA. “Our focus is not only on Germany, but also on other countries within the EU. We want to join forces with organisations like Green IT Amsterdam to closely work together on developing knowledge, technology and tools that benefit the digital infrastructure of all member states of the EU. We call this: European Reach, Local Impact.”
Setting up a partnership in the Netherlands was high on SDIA's wish list. “For obvious reasons I would say,” says Schulze. “The Dutch digital infrastructure - data centers, networks and ICT knowledge - is highly regarded worldwide. That means the Netherlands is perfectly positioned to play the role of pilot country in the field of sustainability within digital Europe”.
One of the main goals of the cooperation between Green IT Amsterdam and SDIA is an initiative to actively develop knowledge and technology into products and tools that will be made commercially available. For example by setting up startup companies that sell software, cloud services and other tools based on knowledge and technology developed by both Green IT Amsterdam and SDIA.
The collaboration between both parties also means that SDIA employees will have a seat on the board of Green IT Amsterdam. At the same time, employees of Green IT Amsterdam will play a major role in the further development of SDIA.