The laboratory is hidden behind thick concrete walls, the way in leads through grey security doors, past secure server rooms in Germany’s largest independent computer center. Toan Nguyen, his access card in his hand, opens the door, walks in, the noisy bubbles of the radiators fill the room. On the server blocks there are the names of IT giants, IBM, Fujitsu, and Oracle, in the corner there is a high table with red stools. For several months now, specialists from corporations and start-ups have been sitting there regularly, united in their work on the future, in the search for applications for the blockchain.
Nguyen leads business development and the cloud platform at E-Shelter, known in the industry for its data centers and home to the digital secrets of hundreds of companies here in Frankfurt-Rödelheim. With the innovation laboratory, the company wants to offer a platform where companies can try out new technologies in a protected space. At this location, Blockchain has long since become much more than a catchword; it is a technology that will play an essential role in the threshold to the networking of things. “When it comes to blockchain, we are in the same phase as we were with the Internet before the turn of the millennium,” says Nguyen.