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Data Center Frontier Editor Rich Miller is your guide to how next-generation technologies are changing our world, and the critical role the data center industry plays in creating our extraordinary future.

The Data Center Frontier Show Rich Miller

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Data Center Frontier Editor Rich Miller is your guide to how next-generation technologies are changing our world, and the critical role the data center industry plays in creating our extraordinary future.

    Bill Kleyman: The State of the Data Center in 2021

    Bill Kleyman: The State of the Data Center in 2021

    We're jazzed this week to have Bill Kleyman as our guest. Bill is Executive VP of Digital Solutions at Switch, as well as author of the AFCOM State of the Data Center research report and head of millennial outreach for Infrastructure Masons. Bill has been an editorial contributor for both Data Center Knowledge and DCF, and is a technology evangelist with nearly boundless enthusiasm for his work.
    In this podcast, Bill and DCF Editor Rich Miller dig into some of the prevailing trends in digital infrastructure (digital transformation, cloud repatriation, FinOps and, yes, ROBOTS!)  as well as the big challenges facing the data center industry (staffing, sustainability and inclusion). It's a fun, wide-ranging conversation.
    Here's a timeline of topics Bill and I discuss on the podcast:
    3:30 - The latest trends in how enterprise customers are using cloud, service providers and on-premises data centers. 7:30 - Cloud Repatriation: Is this a thing? How important is this trend? Bill digs into the details. 11:15 - FinOps is the hot new infrastructure specialty. Bill and Rich discuss the power of FinancialOps. 15:00 - The data center staffing challenge: Initiatives to introduce young workers to data center careers. 26:00 - How robots and autonomous systems may help maintain data centers. 35:00 -  Why the growing focus on ESG is good for data centers and good for the planet. Here are links to stories we discuss on the podcast:
    Infrastructure Masons: https://imasons.org/ Sustainable Finance: The Next Frontier in the Data Center Climate Response: https://datacenterfrontier.com/sustainable-finance-the-next-frontier-in-data-centers-climate-response/ Oracle Unleashes Robot Dogs in Chicago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqL9mqmxh58 Be sure to subscribe for more great data center content!

    • 40 min
    Going Global: AJ Byers on International Expansion

    Going Global: AJ Byers on International Expansion

    The data center business has gone global. For developers, this means extending their operations across borders and oceans. For a first-hand account of this experience, Rich talks with AJ Byers, of Compass Datacenters about their new campus in Israel, opportunities in Europe, and the quest for more clean electricity in Montreal, where crypto and cannabis firms are also seeking power to expand their operations.

    • 27 min
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    The $10 Billion Data Center Deal

    The $10 Billion Data Center Deal

    The Blackstone acquisition of QTS Realty for $10 billion is the biggest deal ever for the data center industry. We highlighted the potential for these huge deals in DCF's 2021 forecast. Here's some thoughts on the Blackstone-QTS deal, what it means for data center M&A, and what comes next.

    Links:
    Blackstone to Acquire QTS in Blockbuster Data Center Deal
    https://datacenterfrontier.com/qts-acquired-by-blackstone-in-blockbuster-data-center-ma-deal/

    Data Center M&A on the Horizon as New SPACs go Shopping
    https://datacenterfrontier.com/data-center-ma-on-the-horizon-as-new-spacs-go-shopping/
    Pandemic Could Drive Data Center M&A, Reshaping Industry Landscape
    https://datacenterfrontier.com/pandemic-could-drive-data-center-ma-reshaping-industry-landscape/
    For all our 2021 predictions:
    Eight Trends That Will Shape the Data Center in 2021.
    https://datacenterfrontier.com/eight-trends-that-will-shape-the-data-center-industry-in-2021/
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    • 6 min
    Nancy Novak on Innovation in Data Centers

    Nancy Novak on Innovation in Data Centers

    How do you build innovation into data center development? This week our guest is Nancy Novak, the Chief Innovation Officer at Compass Datacenters,. Nancy and DCF Show Host Rich Miller discuss how innovation is critical to faster and larger capacity deployments, and helped Compass deliver new projects during the pandemic. Nancy also shares her take on diversity in the data center industry - where there's progress, and how to meet the staffing challenges to come.
    Here's a timeline of topics discussed on the podcast:
    3:45 - The critical importance of sustainability in data center development. 8:35 - How COVID-19 altered the data center market. 10:00 - Why hyperscale operators are leasing more data center space, and why this trend may continue. 11:30 - How data growth drives innovation. 14:45 - Why diversity matters, and how (and whether) the data center industry is making progress. 18:30 - Construction tech, and how exoskeletons can support diversity. 22:20 - The "Cool Factor" and how it can help build the data center workforce of the future. Here are some resources that tie into our discussion:
    How Technology Can Transform Data Center Construction
    https://datacenterfrontier.com/how-technology-can-transform-data-center-construction/
    The People Challenge: Global Data Center Staffing Forecast, 2020-2025
    https://datacenter.uptimeinstitute.com/2021-staffing-report.html


    Executive Insights: Nancy Novak
    https://datacenterfrontier.com/executive-insights-nancy-novak-compass-infrastructure-masons/
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    • 31 min
    Talking Data Centers With Compass CEO Chris Crosby

    Talking Data Centers With Compass CEO Chris Crosby

    Rich Miller sits down with Chris Crosby, the CEO of Compass Datacenters, for a wide-ranging conversation about the latest trends in the data center sector. Chris is an industry veteran who was in on the ground floor of the data center boom in working with CoreSite, Digital Realty and now Compass. The conversation explores demand trends from edge to cloud, where new data centers are being built, and why a data center developer has a research and development unit. 
    Here's a timeline of topics Rich Miller and Chris Crosby discuss on the podcast:
    4:00 - Demand for edge computing, and where we are on the growth curve. 6:39 - How Compass approaches client-centric data center design and construction 9:55 - Why Compass has a Research & Development division (most developers don't), and why it matters. 20:35 - The primacy of the network 22:45 - Data center site selection, and how Compass has been early in identifying cloud computing hubs 25:20 - "Availability Zone Thinking" and how resiliency designs guide where data centers are built 26:30 - Investors love the data center industry. Chris discusses the benefits of patient capital. Here are some stories at Data Center Frontier that provide additional information about items Chris and Rich discuss.
    Making Concrete Greener: Addressing Cement's Carbon Problem
    https://datacenterfrontier.com/making-concrete-greener-addressing-cements-carbon-problem/
    Compass Scales Up for Growth in Top Hyperscale Markets
    https://datacenterfrontier.com/compass-scales-up-for-growth-in-top-hyperscale-markets
    Compass EdgePoint Sees Opportunity in Building Better Networks
    https://datacenterfrontier.com/compass-edgepoint-sees-opportunity-in-building-better-networks/
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    • 32 min
    Building Cloud Data Centers at Internet Speed

    Building Cloud Data Centers at Internet Speed

    Our society relies on data as never before. The world needs more data  center capacity, and it needs it yesterday. The key to meeting this challenge is industrialization – the ability to add cloud capacity in new places at Internet speed. Rich Miller looks at how the data center development is getting bigger, faster and more efficient. 
    Here are links to the additional resources Rich mentions:
    Building Through the Pandemic: Data Centers Added 17 Million SF in 2020
    https://datacenterfrontier.com/building-through-the-pandemic-data-centers-added-17-million-sf-in-2020/
    At Cyrus One, More Sky for Bigger Clouds
    https://datacenterfrontier.com/at-cyrusone-more-sky-for-bigger-clouds/
    How Technology Can Transform Data Center Construction
    https://datacenterfrontier.com/how-technology-can-transform-data-center-construction/
    Voice of the Industry (Expert Columns)
    Voices: Project Buffering to Build Data Centers Faster
    https://datacenterfrontier.com/project-buffering-data-centers/
    Voices:  5 Critical Success Factors in Data Center Construction
    https://datacenterfrontier.com/success-factors-data-center-construction/
    Voices: New Data Centers Designs for Hyperscale Cloud and the Enterprise
    https://datacenterfrontier.com/data-center-designs-hyperscale-cloud/
    This is the third in a series of broadcasts on the Eight Trends That Will Shape the Data Center in 2021.
    https://datacenterfrontier.com/eight-trends-that-will-shape-the-data-center-industry-in-2021/
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    • 12 min

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