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  • 3W Infra
    3W Infra is an entrepreneurial and tech-savvy company headquartered in Amsterdam region, the Netherlands. The company can be positioned as being a pure-play Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider with a focus on delivering highly customized hosting and network infrastructures to customers worldwide. 3W Infra’s true IaaS and enterprise-grade solutions are PCI-DSS and ISO 27001 certified and engineered for scalability and cost-efficiency, with cloud-enabling services including Dedicated Servers (own hardware), Colocation, IP Transit (own network), and high-level support (own team) for customers requesting Remote Hands.
  • AFIBER
    AFIBER is an independent provider of fiber connectivity that delivers high-quality networks for business customers and service providers. We help organizations with design, delivery and management of networks between Offices, Datacenters, Cloud and IT providers.
  • Cage
    A cage can be used to segregate equipment in a data center storage area. It is a separate area where dedicated components such as racks can be stored in an access-protected environment for additional security. Cages can also be used to facilitate dedicated security, performance or capacity services.
  • Carrier
    A network operator such as Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, euNetworks etc.
  • Cloud
    A cloud infrastructure is an external virtual IT infrastructure providing storage space, computing resources and services. These include the use of software (SaaS), platforms (PaaS) – to develop own applications – and hardware (IaaS), including servers, storage and networking hardware.
  • Cloud connect
    A cloud connect service enables you to access several cloud providers via one single link. Single sign-in reduces costs, and the customer can take advantage of the various offerings of a range of cloud platforms.
  • Cogent Communications
    Cogent Communications is a multinational, Tier-1 facilities-based ISP, consistently ranked as one of the top five backbone networks in the world. Cogent specializes in providing businesses with high speed Internet access, Ethernet transport and colocation services. Cogent built one of the largest and highest capacity IP networks in existence. This network enables Cogent to offer large bandwidth connections at highly competitive prices.
  • Colocation
    Colocation is a process through which an organization can rent physical space and other resources within an external data center to deploy its own data center. The colocation facility often also offers an interruption-free power supply, fail-safe operation, high availability, cooling, IT security and physical security (access controls, fire protection etc.). ISO certifications and TÜV audits confirm the quality standards that the data center operator conforms to.
  • Console Connect by PCCW Global
    Console Connect is a Software-Defined Interconnection® platform that makes connecting to cloud-based, business-critical applications simple, predictable and secure. Backed by PCCW Global, one of the world’s leading telecommunications groups with a leading global IP network spanning 150 countries, Console Connect makes it quick and easy to set up direct and private connections in just a few clicks, flex them on-demand and only pay for what you use. Directly connect to the world’s leading clouds, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Tencent, IBM Cloud, Oracle Cloud and more. Get one-click private access to Internet Exchanges, as well as IoT and SaaS partners.
  • Cross connect
    A point-to-point connection between systems within the data center, e.g. customer-to-customer, customer to carrier etc.
  • DE-CIX
    DE-CIX provides premium Internet Exchange services and operates a range of carrier and datacenter-neutral Internet Exchanges globally. The company serves hundreds of carriers, ISPs and content networks from 100+ countries, including all leading international players in various metro markets in Europe, the Middle East, North America, and Asia. Founded in 1995, DE-CIX Frankfurt is the world’s leading Internet Exchange with the highest data throughput at peak times.
  • Digital factory
    Digital factories or smart factories are the highly digitized and connected production facilities at the heart of Industry 4.0. The machines at the digital factory communicate via the Internet of Things (IoT). Information technology is used to connect all phases of the production process (planning, control, maintenance etc.) so that they can be analysed and optimized.
  • Ecosystem
    In analogy to biological ecosystems, IT ecosystems consist of users that mutually benefit from each other. They exchange services and knowledge between themselves and their customers on a shared platform, creating marketplaces that everyone benefits from without incurring additional costs.
  • EN 50600
    This European standard is a guideline for holistic data center planning and design. maincubes has been EN  50600-certified since 2017 within the scope of an annual TÜV audit. DIN EN 50600 provides comprehensive specifications for the planning, construction and operation of a data centers. It defines requirements for structural design, power supply, air conditioning, cabling and security systems,  provides the basis for a standard appraisal of the Europe-wide IT infrastructure, and offers fundamental guidance on data center planning and construction.
  • euNetworks
    We own and operate dense fibre networks across Western Europe. We have a proven track record in deploying capital and developing networks at pace for our customers. euNetworks is uniquely positioned in the market. The footprint we own and operate both in cities and between cities offers unique routes and a seamless bandwidth experience across Europe.
  • FiberRing
    FiberRing provides network connectivity and Internet access services among leading data centers in and around Amsterdam. Looking for secure and scalable connectivity between your servers, network equipment, customers or suppliers in various data centers? The fiber-based network provides ICT companies and Internet/Cloud/Hosting Service Providers with 10 Mbps to 100 Gbps connections between the major data centers in Amsterdam, with the option to expand to dark fiber for those who want to manage it by themselves.
  • GasLINE
    GasLINE is one of the leading fibre-optic cable infrastructure providers. It has a nationwide network covering over 28,000 km. The network is continuously being expanded, with another 3,000 km to be built by 2022. This includes broadband access to communities and customer-driven expansion of mobile 5G networks. GasLINE has network interconnections to cross-regional fibre-optic infrastructures in cities (e.g. with city and regional carriers) and to network operators in neighbouring countries. The network topology includes telecommunication centres (telehouses and PoPs), the relevant Internet exchange nodes and centres of the ICT and media industry.
  • High-availability data center
    A data center has to minimize downtime to guarantee the interruption-free operation of IT systems. The term ‘high-availability data center’ is attributed to data centers which have a TÜV Level 3 or Tier 3 rating. These facilities guarantee 99.98 percent availability. That corresponds to a maximum downtime of 1.6 hours over a 12-month period.
  • Housing
    Another word for colocation.
  • Hybrid Cloud
    At least one private cloud (IT in your own data center or at the colocation provider) is combined with a public cloud (aws, Microsoft Azure,...) - including the corresponding integration of both cloud environments. With the public cloud, you receive exactly the IT resources you need at short notice and flexibly - and create the basis for real-time communication. For particularly high security and compliance requirements, the private cloud offers dedicated computing, storage and backup options as well as high data security.
  • InterCloud
    At InterCloud, we have created a Software-Defined Cloud Interconnect (SDCI) platform which seamlessly links your corporate resources spread across multiple locations and cloud providers. Our platform enables traffic isolation to guarantee the end-to-end performance and security of your interconnections. This also allows usage-driven segmentation to optimize and enrich your links with advanced security, performance and analytics functions. Dozens of multinationals have selected InterCloud precisely for these reasons to connect major cloud vendors like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Salesforce, ServiceNow, IBM Cloud, SAP S/4Hana, Oracle Cloud, Outscale and Alibaba Cloud.
  • Intergrid
    As a service integrator, Intergrid provides services in the areas of IT, OT, IoT, Security, Infrastructure and Strategic issues. The strength of Intergrid is characterized by its independence, expertise and professionalism.
  • Internet exchange point
    An Internet Exchange Point (IXP) is the physical infrastructure through which internet service providers and content delivery networks exchange internet traffic between their networks.
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
    The Internet of Things is the extension of internet connectivity to physical devices and everyday objects. This is achieved by incorporating microprocessors or sensors into them that connect to the internet to share data or communicate. IoT is the basis for smart factories, machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, smart cities and smart homes.
  • ISAE 3402
    ISAE 3402 certification confirms to customers that maincubes has internal controls in place to ensure uninterrupted services which influence or could have a negative effect on customer financial processes.  maincubes is was one of the first colocation providers to obtain this certification in an comprehensive audit process. An ISAE 3402 Type 1 report has been issued for the data centers in Frankfurt (FRA01) and Amsterdam (AMS01).
  • ISO 9001
    This certification confirms maincubes’ compliance with the minimum requirements for quality management systems. maincubes uses the standard to demonstrate its  ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.
  • ISO 27001
    This international standard verifies that maincubes' entire infrastructure and technology, data center services, processes and personnel meet the very highest security standards. All contractual and legal requirements and guidelines for data protection and data and information security, such as the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), are comprehensively fulfilled.
  • Klauke Enterprises
    Klauke Enterprises designs and implements individual IT solutions for developers, agencies, content creators and hosting providers. As IaaS and SaaS provider, Klauke Enterprises provides infrastructure and platform for the operation of modern cloud architectures and supports automation and digitalization. As a partner for managed services around system administration, hardware installation and colocation, we operate customized and DDoS-protected IT infrastructures for your innovative ideas and projects.
  • LeitzCloud
    LeitzCloud is a hosting service that enables users to collaborate efficiently and securely with corporate data. LeitzCloud was developed so that full control over corporate data is retained and to ensure that the right files are accessible to the right people.
  • Megaport
    Megaport is the global leading provider of Elastic Interconnection services. Using Software Defined Networking (SDN), the company’s global platform enables customers to rapidly connect their network to other services across the Megaport Network. Services can be directly controlled by customers via mobile devices, their computer, or Megaport’s open API. Megaport connects over 1,700 customers in more than 550 enabled data centres globally. Megaport is an Alibaba Cloud Technology Partner, AWS Technology Partner, AWS Networking Competency Partner, Google Cloud Interconnect Partner, IBM Direct Link Cloud Exchange provider, Microsoft Azure Express Route Partner, Nutanix Direct Connect Partner, Oracle Cloud Partner, Salesforce Express Connect Partner, and a member of the SAP PartnerEdge open ecosystem.
  • MightyCare Solutions
    MightyCare Solutions is an IT consulting and service company specialized in the consolidation and optimization of IT infrastructures. In focus: the virtualization of servers, network, storage systems and desktop environments. Core business: Concept, design and implementation of virtual infrastructures, the development of automated IT processes in virtual and physical environments. With its expertise in the combination of consolidation technologies and process automation in and for data centers, MightyCare Solutions represents a unique portfolio in Europe and has been awarded by VMware – market leader in the enterprise segment as a top Consulting Partner and is considered a VMware Expert Company.
  • OCP
    The Open Compute Project (OCP) is a collaborative community which focuses on redesigning hardware technology to efficiently implement growing requirements for the infrastructure of data centers.
  • Prepaid Host
    Prepaid Host has been successfully offering servers, web hosting, domains & voice servers as hosting provider for mainly private customers since 2018. With our prepaid system you can scale, extend or simply let our services expire as you wish – no cancellation and full flexibility.
  • Private cloud
    A private cloud is a model of cloud computing that involves a distinct and secure cloud-based environment in which only the specified client can operate. Private clouds satisfy very high security standards since they are located in a secure environment, but they offer lower flexibility in the adaptation of procured services to needs.
  • Public cloud
    A public cloud is a mode of cloud computing in which a service provider makes resources available to the public via the internet on a fast and flexible basis. The public cloud is extremely flexible because it offers on-demand resources and you only pay for the services you use. However, open access makes it unsuitable for critical applications.
  • Rack
    In the ICT industry a rack is a server housing unit. They are generally cabinets constructed of metal to hold all the server equipment (including computer, circuit boards, hard disks etc.). A standard rack is around 2 m high, with a depth of 60 to 120 cm and a width of 60, 70 or 80 cm.
  • Relined Fiber Network
    Relined is supplier of Dark Fiber. We have access to around 30,000 km of high-quality fibre optic infrastructure, giving us a nationwide, fine-mesh network in both the Netherlands and Germany. Besides that, we have our own Dark Fiber network in Metro network Amsterdam and Frankfurt, to which many carrier neutral data centers are connected (redundantly).
  • Remote Hands
    Remote hands refers to work performed by maincubes on customer systems via remote access such as patch service, check service, reboot service, change media or logistics support.
  • RETN
    RETN is one of the fastest growing independent European providers of IP Transit and network services, with a unique capability to connect Europe and Asia. Since 2002 RETN has been developing its Eurasian network platform supporting companies worldwide in their business growth. Nowadays it is the only provider that operates its own end-to-end network (300+ on-net PoPs, 73000 km of lit fiber) running through Western Europe, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and onwards to the Chinese border, offering differentiated terrestrial connectivity between these major markets.
  • Secure mobility
    In the future we will be using connected cars, self-driving cars, e-mobility and connected traffic control systems. Secure mobility services ensure that the enormous quantities of data being shared between mobile devices (smartphones, digital assistants, connected cars etc.) are managed in a secure ecosystem environment.
  • Service Level Agreement (SLA)
    A service level agreement is a commitment between maincubes and the customer on the level of service to be provided. Based on the agreed service level, the SLA also defines service criteria to be met, such as scope of service, quality of service etc. For example, maincubes offers a 100% SLA-based uptime guarantee.
  • Smart city
    Smart cities are municipalities that use digital technology for efficient traffic management systems, smart parking, direct access to local amenities and optimized energy efficiency. All the services are connected via a secure ecosystem and offer added value to residents and visitors.
  • Smaser
    We bring your platform to the cloud and turn it into a cloud service. Based on your IT strategy, we work with you to select the technology you need. Whether your cloud service is operated in a private, public or – distributed – in a hybrid cloud depends on your specific requirements. If you just want to use your cloud service, we take over the entire operation. We ensure that your cloud service is highly available and always up to date, and that it grows with your business.
  • Spike Reply
    Spike Reply is the company within the Reply Group that focuses on cybersecurity and personal data protection. The services offered by Spike Reply Cyber Security range from assistance in the development of effective cyber-risk management to the planning, design and implementation of all relevant technological, legal, organisational, insurance and risk-limiting countermeasures. Spike Reply also offers standardised and customised Managed Security Services based on high security standards and certifications.
  • Suite
    A suite is an IT room dedicated to one specific customer: a ‘data center within a data center’. It offers far higher security against unauthorized access than a cage and allows for the customer-specific installation of power and network components.
  • SYNLINQ
    SYNLINQ is specialized in protecting IT infrastructure from DDOS attacks together with efficient and individual datacenter and hosting services for your business. We offer consulting and hosting for customers in many different industries. Efficiency and open source solutions are our key values.
  • vBoxx
    vBoxx is a hosting company specializing in the design and implementation of hosting solutions. vBoxx also offers a wide range of hosting services that are installed on the company’s own infrastructure. The vBoxx infrastructure can be found at the maincubes data centers in the Netherlands (AMS01) and Germany (FRA01).
  • Vendor lock-in
    Vendor lock-in is a situation in which a customer using a product or service cannot easily transition to a competitor’s product or service (e.g. due to contractual constraints or proprietary technologies that are incompatible with those of competitors). The customer is deterred from switching over to another provider or system because it appears to be associated with higher costs than remaining with the existing one.
  • Verizon
    With more than 150 locations, Verizon is a global leader in innovative communications and technology solutions that improve the way our customers live, work, learn and play. Verizon provides telecommunications services to enterprises, government, and carriers.
  • wusys solutions
    wusys solutions is the specialist for digitization in SME businesses – independent of sectors and with IT services on top level. The service spectrum ranges from full-service IT management, security and IT infrastructure operation to data center operation and hosting. All from one source, centrally from Frankfurt am Main. With 25 years of experience, wusys solutions has consciously developed into an IT manufactory, creating novel solution approaches and technology trends.
  • Zayo
    Zayo is the leading provider of infrastructure, with dense, high-quality networks in every major market in North America and many in Western Europe. Through partnerships with leading network providers, we provide our customers with global reach that takes them nearly anywhere they need to be.
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