Data centers have a large impact on our daily life as everyone uses various online services and social media every day. But how exactly does a data center operate? These questions and more will be answered during the National Data Center Day (June 13), an initiative by the Dutch Data Center Association (DDA). On this day, people can take a unique look ‘behind the internet’.
There are data centers in every region of the Netherlands where hundreds of computer servers process and transmit data, from photos that are stored in the cloud, online bank transactions or self-scan checkouts at the supermarket. Inside these data centers, many people work every day of the week to make sure all the servers are secured and “on” 24/7. However, the world of data centers is still unknown to many people. Therefore, on Tuesday June 13, data centers throughout the Netherlands will open their doors to the public.
Data centers and its societal relevance
During this day, everyone can see in person what goes on inside a data center. Due to the strict security in and around the buildings, data centers can not be visited every day. Nevertheless, it is important that society is given the opportunity to know more about data centers and the digital infrastructure. This ensures that more and more people know that everyday services such as gaming, streaming movies and online banking would not be possible without data centers.
Stijn Grove, managing director of the Dutch Data Center Association (DDA), is already looking forward to the open day: “This year is the ninth edition of the National Data Center Day. It is a great opportunity for our participants to show people the importance of the role and influence of data centers within our society and for our sustainable economy. This way every visitor can really see how many people are involved within our sector.”
Join the National Data Center Day
Do you want more information about the participating data centers in your local area? Take a look at the website and sign up through one of the data centers!
Register yourself at one of the datacenters that participate