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.
EdgeConneX: The View From the Edge
EdgeConneX has built one of unique growth stories in digital infrastructure. An early leader in edge computing, EdgeConneX later began building huge data centers for hyperscale operators. It's a result of following the customers, says Phillip Marangella, the Chief Marketing Officer of EdgeConneX. On today's show, Marangella speaks with host Rich Miller about how edge computing has evolved and where it is headed, how EdgeConneX is seeking to build a diverse workforce, and how the company's 2020 acquisition by EQT Infrastructure has accelerated growth.
Here's a timeline of topics Philllip and I discuss on the podcast:
1:00 - The EdgeConneX story: What it does and who it helps. 7:00 - The demand tidal wave: "We're all building as fast as we can." 9:15 - Understanding the Edge: "It's the user experience ... It's not rocket science." 13:00 - Building the worfroce of the future, and why diversity matters at EdgeConneX. 18:00 - Capital matters: How EQT's backing has turbo-charged growth. 21:30 - Digital infrastructure is a global story. If you enjoy this episode, be sure to subscribe to the Data Center Frontier show.
Sabey's Tim Mirick: Why We Like the Austin Data Center Market
Sabey Data Centers has deployed more than 4 million square feet of mission-critical space across the United States, including a new data center in Austin, Texas.
Sabey Chief Revenue Officer Tim Mirick joins us to talk about Sabey's history in data center development, and its big 2022 expansions in Austin and Central Washington. Tim shares insights into how Sabey thinks about expansion and growth markets, the rising profile of digital infrastrucutre, and the new technologies driving data center growth.
Here's a timeline of topics Rich and Tim discuss on the podcast:
1:00 - Sabey's history as a pioneer in data center development. 2:15 - Sabey's entry into the Austin, Texas market. 4:30 - Why Sabey likes Central Washington for data center development. 11:00 - The rising profile of data centers and digital infrastructure. 15:30 - How Sabey evaluates growth opportunities. 21:00 - Data center design innovations bring introduced at the Austin campus. Be sure to subscribe to the Data Center Frontier Show for more great data center content!
Talking Data Center Sustainability With Sean Farney
In our Earth Day edition, DCF Editor Rich Miller talks with Sean Farney about the data center industry's progress on confronting climate change, and how sustainability has become a "board-level imperative" for all companies.
Sean has been involved in some of the most innovative projects in digital infrastructure, including one of the first web-scale data centers deploying servers in containers, and an edge computing startup focused on converting retail stores into data centers.
In a wide-ranging conversation, Sean and Rich discuss the future of backup power and the essential role of generators, the potential role of microgrids, the growing challenges procuring power in major global markets, and whether vacant retail and office space will become part of the edge computing, landscape.
Here's a timeline of topics Sean and I discuss on the podcast:
7:00 - Sustainability as a "board-level imperative."
12:00 - Evolutionary steps and optimizing existing infrastructure.
17:45 - How microgrids can enable better sustainability and reliability.
21:30 - Site selection gets harder. Is "bring your own power" the future for hyperscale data centers?
25:30 - What edge infrastructure looks like, and how it may evolve.
30:00 - Can retail stores and office space be converted into digital infrastructure? Editor's Note: After we recorded this podcast, Sean began a new position with JLL.
Helping Veterans Find Purpose Through Data Center Careers
For Kirk Offel, the bottom line of his business is simple. "We're changing lives and saving people by finding them a sense of purpose," says Offel, the CEO of Overwatch Mission Critical, which provides military veterans with expertise in mission-critical operations and management. Overwatch helps data center owners and operates manage their facilities, but its biggest impact is in the lives of the military veterans it trains, employs, and places into data center careers.
In this podcast, Offel discusses his career in the military and the data center business, why he created Overwatch, and the importance of its mission in providing purpose to veterans. Kirk also shares about the qualities that military veterans can bring to the mission critical industry, including their integrity, tenacity, and their selfless attitude. It's an interesting and important conversation.
Here's a timeline of topics Kirk and DCF Show host Rich Miller discuss on the podcast:
2:00 - Kirk's career journey through the military and the data center industry. 5:45 - An introduction to Overwatch Mission Critical and its mission serving veterans. 22:00 - Kirk discusses Overwatch's business model and service portfolio, and how it has evolved. 32:15 - The challenges and opportunities in launching a startup at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. 38:00 - The Road Ahead: The keys to filling the talent gap in the data center industry Here are some links with more about Overwatch and its mission:
Data Center Firm Provides Veterans With Tech Skills, Sense of Purpose
Overwatch Mission Critical
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Omicron: A New Resiliency Test for the World and the Cloud
The emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is making headlines around the world. It's not yet clear how serious Omicron may become, but it is a worrisome development in a pandemic that has extracted a high toll. What might Omicron mean to the data center sector and cloud computing? That's our topic today on the Data Center Frontier show, where we look at three areas of potential business impact: travel restrictions, supply chain disruptions, and the progress of the enterprise recovery in IT spending. Important Note: Our podcast focuses on the data center business and cloud infrastructure, so if you're seeking general healthcare information, please consult your medical professional or sources that specialize in healthcare. Here's a timeline of topics discussed on the podcast: 1:45 - What we know, and don't know, about the Omicron variant and its potential impact.
6:15 - The important role of data centers and cloud services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
6:50 - Data is global, and travel restrictions are a challenge for new deployments.
7:50- How travel restrictions could impact trade shows, conferences and in-person events.
10:20 - The state of the supply chain, and how data center operators are managing project delivery.
13:40 - The road ahead for the enterprise IT recovery. Here are some resources discussed on the podcast:
How Data Centers Are Navigating the Supply Chain Crisis: https://datacenterfrontier.com/how-data-centers-are-navigating-the-supply-chain-crisis/ Be sure to subscribe to the Data Center Frontier show.
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!