Posts by Frederik Denkens

Passionate Cloud Engineer(s)

Published on February 20, 2017 by Frederik Denkens

You are passionate about open source technology, public cloud, devops and modern application architectures and workflows? Then you might be the person we’re looking for! We are searching for a cloud engineer to join our distributed team. You will be building reliable cloud platforms, supportand advise our customers developers on the best way forward. You’ll […]

Team changes and our team gathering in Barcelona

Published on May 9, 2016 by Frederik Denkens

Team changes We are kicking May off with some changes to our team. First, Geert and Juan Carlos have left our team. We thank them for their time at Skyscrapers and wish them all the best in their future ventures! Maybe we will cross paths again. On the bright side, today Luca joined our team. […]

Skyscrapers helps iVox launch National campaigns on AWS

Published on September 25, 2015 by Frederik Denkens

iVox had developed a new survey-platform for a national campaign. They were uncertain if their application would be able to handle what was coming: Prime-time national exposure Expectation of up to 1.500.000 million visitors, up to 25K concurrent visitors High-exposure campaign, with major media-brands as stakeholder Once our experts reviewed the application and architecture, we quickly […]

Knowledge partnership between Sizing Servers and Skyscrapers

Published on September 17, 2015 by Frederik Denkens

We are happy to announce that we have started a cooperation with Sizing Servers Research Labs. A unique co-creation of knowledge between us as public cloud expert and a truly independent research lab. Sizing Servers helps us with stress testing expertise and skills. In return we are giving back our deep knowledge about public cloud, […]

Skyscrapers finds new home for shared customers

Published on July 9, 2015 by Frederik Denkens

Combell is taking over our shared-hosting-customers and related services like domain registration and email.  This is a major step for us, paving the road for further development of our strategy around Public Cloud services under the name of Skyscrapers. Shared hosting has been a cornerstone in the evolution of our company, with the ‘oldest’ contract […]

Helping neoScores get ready to conquer the world

Published on June 9, 2015 by Frederik Denkens

For some time now neoScores has been making waves in the Belgian startup scene. And soon they will start conquering the world. Their goal is to become the iTunes of sheet music. As ambitious startup making the right choices from the start is critical. Skyscrapers has been involved since day one. We started with providing […]

Say hello to Sam, the newest Skyscraper

Published on May 7, 2015 by Frederik Denkens

Sam was one of the 50 people who responded to our last job post. There was a mutual feeling that we’d be a good fit for each other. After 1 month of working together, it’s clear our hunch was right. It’s exciting to see how fast he is growing into his new role and becoming a true […]

AWS and Linode XEN updates

Published on March 2, 2015 by Frederik Denkens

A couple of days ago, the world learned about a new security issue in the virtualisation software XEN. This component powers many clouds. The exact details of the issue are under embargo until March 10, after which they will be made public.  We manage hosting-platforms for our customers on various providers, including Amazon Web Services […]

We’re hiring again: looking for a cloud engineer!

Published on October 23, 2014 by Frederik Denkens

UPDATE: This post is no longer relevant. Check out our new Jobs page .   It’s been a busy year. Last summer Mattias joined our team, but we’re again on the lookout for another Skyscraper. If you like what you read below, don’t hesitate to get in touch (see instructions below). Skyscrapers help design, build and manage scalable, […]

Meet us at the DevOpsDays Belgium 27-28 October

Published on October 15, 2014 by Frederik Denkens

DevOps is a big thing in the cloud world and we fully embrace it. Not only internally, but also as the preferred way we partner with our customers. We are lucky to live on the same soil as some of the ‘founding fathers’ of DevOps, like Patrick Debois and Kris Buytaert. Now, 5 years after […]

We had a busy week: Shellshock and XSA-108

Published on October 1, 2014 by Frederik Denkens

One of the things customers expect from us, is that we manage the security risks of their cloud-environments. To show our job is never finished, last week we got treated to 2 big security threats in the cloud. This article gives some detail on the events and how we handled them. Shellshock Last week Wednesday 24/9 […]

Skyscrapers: One Year Later

Published on August 20, 2014 by Frederik Denkens

Today marks the first anniversary of our launch as the Skyscrapers. It’s been a fantastic year with various cool new projects and accomplishments. Amazon Web Services admitted us as Standard Consulting partner, further validating our cloud-expertise. It gave us the opportunity to consult various ISV’s on their Amazon deployments for their SaaS platforms and build […]

A new Skyscraper in the cloud: Mattias Gees

Published on August 4, 2014 by Frederik Denkens

When you call us these days, you might get the voice of Mattias on the other end. He is the latest Skyscraper to join the team! He has a background in systems management, DevOps and cloud-building. As a Junior Cloud Engineer, he’ll be building and supporting the cloud environments we design and build for our […]

We’re hiring: looking for a junior cloud engineer!

Published on May 7, 2014 by Frederik Denkens

The Skyscrapers help design, build and manage scalable, highly-available and flexible hosting platforms in the cloud. Most of our work is done using providers like Amazon Web Services and Linode. We mostly work for startups, interactive agencies and software vendors. Check out our site, team and blog to learn more about us! As demand is growing, we are now looking […]

The cloud just keeps on giving: Linode goodness

Published on April 25, 2014 by Frederik Denkens

The cloud just keeps on giving. It’s a market that is highly competitive, continuously resulting in declining prices and improving value for everybody. And now it’s Linode’s turn again: last week they announced a complete revamp of the Linode plans and their hardware and network. A quick overview: Introduction of highly reliable server-grade SSD storage Network […]

How the Skyscrapers are dealing with Heartbleed

Published on April 11, 2014 by Frederik Denkens

By now you’ve probably heard about the “Heartbleed bug”. It’s a scary name for a scary security problem. The problem lies in one of the main software components that is used to protect many sites on the internet. Many of our customers rely on it for securing their applications. As transparency is one of our […]

Let the cloudwars begin: Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud slash prices

Published on April 1, 2014 by Frederik Denkens

Last week was a great example of how consumers of IaaS and PaaS services can benefit from the increasingly more competitive global cloud market. Dramatic price cuts, ranging from 10% to 85%, for everybody and best of all: almost instantly! The week started off with the Google Cloud Platform Live event in San Francisco where […]

Our availability for the coming days

Published on December 23, 2013 by Frederik Denkens

As we’re nearing the end of this great year, we’d like to share with you our availability for the coming days. Tuesday 24/12 and Tuesday 31/12 we’ll be closing early at 15:00 CET. All service requests that fall under the business-hour support, will not be picked up after that time. The general support number will also […]

AWSUGBE #2: AWS Use cases and S3 best practices/upload performance

Published on November 15, 2013 by Frederik Denkens

Last week we hosted the second AWS User Group Belgium at our offices. Due to the terrible traffic around Antwerp we started out a bit later, but that didn’t make it any bit less interesting. The first presentation was by Alex Sinner, AWS Solutions Architect. He explained the main use cases for choosing AWS and how […]

Skyscrapers Garage Sale

Published on October 30, 2013 by Frederik Denkens

For some years now, we’ve completely evolved our business to become infrastructure independent. Since some time we run for 100% in the cloud (Amazon Web Services, Linode, etc). We’re now selling of the last of what’s left: IBM Blade servers, chassis and SAN stuff Networking gear Assorted 1U pizzabox servers It is older but still […]

AWS Summit Benelux 2013

Published on October 14, 2013 by Frederik Denkens

Amazon is touring the world with a series of Amazon Web Services Summits this year. Such a summit is a one-day event promising to showcase “the latest cloud computing trends and some of the most interesting use cases and workloads running in the AWS Cloud today”. With such a promise, we simply couldn’t miss out […]

AWS User Group Belgium kick-off: CloudFormation

Published on September 13, 2013 by Frederik Denkens

At Skyscrapers we build environments for our customers on Amazon Web Services. Although we already have some experience, there is still much to learn. Webinars, blog-posts and tutorials can teach you a lot, but nothing beats sharing of real-life experience between humans. Meet the the AWS User Group Belgium. This week on Tuesday at ICAB […]

iLibris becomes Skyscrapers

Published on August 20, 2013 by Frederik Denkens

As announced, we’re saying goodbye to our old name and are now becoming the Skyscrapers. Over the years we’ve seen our business evolve, the hosting-world is changing. Cloud computing is becoming the norm. We, as a company, want to remain at the forefront of where the market is heading. That’s why we believe the time […]

Server location and geotargetting/SEO

Published on November 20, 2012 by Frederik Denkens

Many people think that server location is still key for reaching a local market through the search engine. The truth is a bit more nuanced. Google and other search engines attempt to make their search results as geographically relevant as possible for the visitor. A person searching from Belgium will mostly get hits from Belgian […]

We’ve moved

Published on June 5, 2012 by Frederik Denkens

Good planning goes a long way, so probably almost nobody noticed that we quietly moved. As of the 1st of June 2012 you’ll find us at the following address (main office): iLibris BVBA Burooz coworking Duboisstraat 50 2060 Antwerpen Why did we move? ASPACE unfortunately closed last week. Because we’re into new kinds of working […]

2012 en de managed cloud

Published on January 20, 2012 by Frederik Denkens

2011 was een bewogen jaar. Naast een aanzienlijke inhaal- en opkuisoefening (stopzetten van Windows hosting, online backups, etc), zijn we er ook in geslaagd om iLibris op een volledig nieuw spoor te zetten. We zijn namelijk geen gewoon hosting bedrijf meer. Wij managen nu de cloud voor u. De basis De hostingwereld is sterk aan […]

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