The Cloud in your own region.
Nowadays we all have a thing for The Cloud. But what exactly is The Cloud? And if it can be accessed via the internet, what do all those different locations matter? Who cares where the cloud is located?
The Cloud is especially useful because you can access your files anywhere, anytime, as long as you have internet access. Another big advantage is that providers only charge for what you actually use. So you don’t have expensive overcapacity. On the contrary, many providers give you the ability to quickly and easily scale up to more if you need to. And that can often be done temporarily, so only during an event, or a period when you know your webshop is going through the roof. This kind of flexibility for affordable prices is what makes Cloud hosting so attractive.
We are spoiled or used to the advantages of Cloud Computing nowadays. Iaas, PaaS and Saas are no longer terms that sound like abracadabra to many people.
[ Note For Dummies; what is what again ]
|IaaS||Infrastructuur as a Service|
|virtual infrastructure in-house (storage, servers, networks)|
|PaaS||Platform as a Service|
|infrastructure, but the software for it and the operating system is also managed by the provider, the rest you do yourself|
|SaaS||Software as a Service|
|the workplace online, all software via subscription, always up-to-date and no longer on separate computers, you take out a subscription per user|
Organizations have their entire administration, correspondence, files, work and more, stuffed in the cloud. The Cloud only brings benefits to our digital existence. It’s an efficient and cost-effective solution, easy to back up, and safely tucked away in a data center. It’s all arranged well.
But is it really all that safe?
Of course you may think you can lean back because you have everything in the cloud. That data center ensures the security of the building, the software, the data and has a fall-out location in case of calamities. You have a neat agreement on a backup regularity, so everything is in tip-top order.
But does that cover safety? After all, we also include access to the data under security. Who can access your files? And how harmful is it if strange eyes look at your data. How precious is your data? With the arrival of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation, or privacy legislation) we have become somewhat more aware of data protection, but we hardly think about who actually can access it. It is not enough to have a data center located in an EU country. You should also check who the parent company is. If that is an American company, then you are dealing with the CLOUD Act (Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data). Bluntly; the US governments can view your data on that foundation. Even if “your” data center is located here in the Netherlands. That may not matter when we talk about your daughter’s hobby site featuring her rabbit, but what about your trade secrets? Research? Customer data? Sensitive, for example medical or financial data? In those cases you want to have the security and reliability of the GDPR. So therefore it does matter who owns the data center and not just the location it’s based.
Also read the article about the GAIA-X project in which Fuga participates. Gaia-X was created to be a European counterpart to the American and Chinese providers, so that the GDPR can be complied.
So Europe, but does it matter where?
The internet is a huge collection of networks that want to communicate with each other. The various internet providers exchange this traffic via nodes, the Internet Exchanges. This is comparable to a roundabout with many entrances and exits. And just like in “normal” traffic, you also have to deal with the different capacity of such an exit. You have small, somewhat slower ones and super fast direct connections. But through all those different kinds of node connections, you can send your data. One of the largest in the world, the AMS-IX, is located in Amsterdam. The data is transported via optical fibre at the speed of light, so you will not notice greater physical distances. The difference between a data center in Amsterdam and Nijmegen may be 1 millisecond. For most organizations a negligible difference. However, for some industries, such as a stock trader (for example), it is essential. And these organizations will certainly have to check the location.
As an end user you cannot be directly connected to an Internet Exchange, you have the internet providers for that. It is therefore wise to see where your internet provider has its data center located. The AMS-IX now also occupies several locations in Amsterdam and Schiphol-Rijk to meet the ever-growing demand. From March 2002, another internet node emerged from the AMS-IX, the NL-IX. This serves as a backup and alternative to the AMS-IX. Over the years, these locations have also grown in numbers.
AMS-IX is thus one of the largest Internet hubs in the world. Another big boy lives next door, the DE-CIX, and this one is based in Frankfurt, Germany.
Amsterdam and Frankfurt, the ideal couple.
Amsterdam and Frankfurt complement each other very well and are ideal alternative options for each other. The legislation in both countries is comparable and sets high standards. Of course, both countries are in the EU and with that the GDPR is covered. Because your fall-back option or backup center must also comply with these rules and not exchange data with America, China or other nations.
The distance is about 500 km. So if something goes wrong at the data center, it’s no huge problem for someone from Alkmaar to drive there. Both Amsterdam and Frankfurt are easily accessible if you have to be there physically to do something. Although most of the actions, once everything is set up, can be managed digitally and remotely, and accessibility by car is therefore less important. But let’s face it, it’s nice to know that someone is located a few hours' drive away, instead of 2 days on the road by plane and more. And because the systems and processes are so similar, a mirror effect is created, which makes working even more efficient and reduces the chance of errors.
Just like the AMS-IX, the DE-CIX is also located in a business centre. The financial exchanges have established themselves in both Amsterdam and Frankfurt, making the digital infrastructure of great importance and well organised. So you don’t get a so-called beautiful 5-lane wide super-asphalt exit from one city and then have to drive into the other city on a bumpy country road. The major interests that play an important role here provide additional certainty in the field of digital accessibility.
So off to Frankfurt!
Feel free to travel to Frankfurt this summer to explore the city. But only go to discover what this city and country has to offer you. Fuga Cloud will take care of the digital aspect. For example, we will send Paul Bankert, founder and director of Fuga Cloud and Cyso Group, on a trip to explore the data center.
To be continued…
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