Whether you are a software developer, a cloud services provider or any type of company that relies on large amounts of data, we make sure that your software and services keep running smoothly.
It is our mission to unburden you of all hardware-related hassles. We design, build AND brand your optimal servers and storage solutions, and we will store, deliver, deploy and support them all over the world.
We are here to help you with all your server- and storage-related challenges, wherever you are. We ship from our facilities closest to you to speed up delivery times and to reduce our carbon footprint.
S3S offers peace of mind. We take care of all your storage challenges and problems, so you can focus on your core business.
Through our independent and practical pre-sales advice, our flexibility before, during and after our projects and our unparalleled after-sales service, we make sure that all your server and storage needs are being met.
"Just focus on what you do best – We will take care of the rest."
The Story of S3S started in 2004, when I was asked to write a business plan for a company called Hi-Tech Systems. HTS, originally a general IT distributor, wanted to shift their focus and sell more server equipment. My presentation was titled ‘Server Storage Solutions’. The name stuck: Hi-Tech Systems became Server Storage Solutions or S3S. In 2007, I became CEO of S3S and Christophe Dekeukeleire joined as my wingman and CFO.
Our first goal was to help companies find the hardware they need (but not necessarily the hardware they THINK they need) by asking the right questions. Our second goal was to develop a stress-free warranty system that involved limited paperwork. Our customers really appreciated our approach and in just a few years we transformed S3S into the number 1 server distributor in Belgium.
But our ambitions were bigger: I always dreamed of taking the company international. Step by step we discovered new markets in different regions. Today we have sales offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic, and 2 assembly lines in Belgium and San Jose, deep in the heart of Silicon Valley. S3S has become a well-known value-added server distributor in the European market and beyond.
Since 2004, S3S has added many new services to our offer like professional branding, world-wide on-site deployment and service. Today, a customer in San Francisco can order uniquely branded servers and have them installed in datacenters in Singapore and Cape Town. S3S takes care of the logistics, installation and on-site support repairs. Being able to help new players on the market like Syneto and Storpool all around the world gives me a shot of energy and satisfaction each time.
We take flexibility, loyalty and unconditional service very seriously, which often leads to close long-term relationships with our customers. I am proud to say that we are not the type of company to chase and steal deals based purely on pricing. We are here to make a real difference for our customers in the long run and to become a trusted business partner.
A lot has happened since HTS became S3S way back in 2004. These are some of our milestones:
Over the years, we invested a lot of time and effort in creating a good internal climate in our facilities. Together with our constant efforts to keep costs flexible and low, this enabled us to continue our production and sales during the COVID-19 pandemic. This agility and flexibility allowed us to continue our business like before, without any hiccups.
At the end of 2019, we decided to take over Ronver Systems. This allowed us to expand and diversify our customer base to include print, video editing and medical imaging companies, among others. It was a sort of homecoming: both Roel and Christophe once worked for the company before they started S3S.
To make deployment easier for our overseas customers, we started an S3S assembly line in San Jose, USA. It enabled us to broaden our customer base with more and more diverse transatlantic businesses, adding an exciting new dimension to our daily operations.
"With S3S, you always get the solution you need. We will never sell you an expensive car when a bicycle will do."
To keep up with an exploding demand for our products and services, we needed to double our warehouse capacity as well as our assembly line. This in turn allowed us to triple our production rate.
Hello Czechia! Following the success of our Bulgarian branch, we opened new offices in the Czech Republic to reinforce our presence in Eastern Europe.
Just 8 years after our first move, our premises became too small. So we moved to new headquarters including a new state of the art technical assembly lab in Eke-Nazareth. We also launched a new website with integrated personal webstores for our clients, allowing them to configure and order their servers online.
"With S3S, just about anything is possible."
As a first step toward expanding our business internationally, we started S3S Bulgaria. Today, Bulgaria is known as the ‘Silicon Valley of the East’ and many big IT companies have their headquarters and R&D centers in Sofia. But at the time, it was a relatively unknown market. Bulgaria remains on our best locations in terms of sales.
In 2007, Roel De Frene was asked to step in as CEO of S3S and guide the company toward the future. At the same time, Christophe Dekeukeleire, a lifelong friend of Roel, joined S3S as CFO. One of our first decisions was to move the company to Lokeren, which made us more accessible to our employees and customers.
Server Storage Solutions was born. Built on the foundations of Hi-Tech Systems, existing as well as brand new customers started to discover the added value that the S3S team brings to the table.
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