Our 'Be the Internet' philosophy is not about passive usage but active engagement with the Internet
Who is NL-ix?
Behind the world of the Internet, behind the world of fibers, protocols, peers and terabytes, are actual people making it all work. But who are these people? In other words: Who is NL-ix?
Today: 🤝 Daniele Menichini, IT Manager
Swapping pasta for pancakes, and salsiccia for stamppot—it’s a decision Daniele never regretted. When he and his wife were deciding between Italy and the Netherlands to further build their lives, they ended up in Schiedam—and Daniele ended up experiencing many more cultures than just the Dutch.
His career path had already zigzagged across a world map of workplace cultures, without him having to cross continents. In Milan, he was experiencing part of the American dream at Accenture as a Security Consultant—working in a fast-paced, high-impact environment that's all about getting results.
But Daniele's not one to stay put. Next stop: the Netherlands. The expat life was nothing new to him; Milan felt like a home away from home already. The pace changed when he joined Huawei in Amsterdam as their WE Security Offices. In the Chinese work culture, it was less about the race and more about the journey.
And then, there was KPN. A Dutch powerhouse that prepared him for his next adventure at NL-ix. KPN was where he really got to grips with the nuts and bolts of large-scale network infrastructures. This experience was the perfect primer for his role at NL-ix, where he brought not just his technical know-how but also a broad vision for service quality.
At NL-ix, the workforce is as diverse as the internet itself, with employees hailing from a multitude of nationalities.
At NL-ix Daniele found a work culture was a neat cocktail of what he’d experienced before—American dynamism mixed with Chinese diligence, all topped off with a Dutch twist and influences from all around the world—with no less than twelve nationalities working within the company.
He appreciates the Dutch way of doing things: honest opinions over empty enthusiasm and a healthy work-life balance that is actually, well, balanced.
In his role as IT manager, Daniele has always kept his eye on the trifecta: quality, security, and availability. He knows that customers at NL-ix aren’t just buying services—they're placing their trust in a promise of seamless and secure operations.
Leading the charge for the ISO 27001 certification was a highlight for him. It wasn’t just a box-ticking exercise; it was about bringing the team together to improve how things were done at NL-ix. With management’s full support, Daniele steered this initiative, transforming it into a mission that everyone owned and valued.
After that Daniele turned his efforts towards achieving ISO 22301, which focuses on Business Continuity Management (BCM). This certification ensures that we are fully prepared to recover swiftly if something happens. It's a cornerstone of the trust we build with our customers, who rely on us for consistent service delivery. They invest in us for the security, quality, and availability we promise, and these certifications are our commitment to uphold those standards. Last year Daniele also helped secure ISO 9001, and this year the work continues for ISO 22301.
To him, that’s what makes NL-ix's slogan, 'Be the Internet' more than just a catchy phrase; it's a new way of thinking about the digital space. NL-ix to Daniele is all about peeling back the curtain on the internet, making it less of a mysterious 'black box' and more of a clear, controllable tool for businesses.
It's about giving power back to the users—letting them see where their data goes, how fast it gets there, and how they can reroute things for the better. And that’s something he’s really proud to be a part of.
NL-ix stands out by providing clarity and control to enterprises that depend on the flow of information. Daniele knows the importance of this transparency for businesses, and sees its growing. Knowing the route of data, its speed, reliability, and the possibility of rerouting for efficiency are no longer luxuries but necessities.