Clouds Ahead - Datacloud Interview Series

 

Martin Lynch

For this edition, we spoke to Martin Lynch CEO for Pure Data Centres Group.

Rob Johnson

For this edition, Datacloud spoke to Rob Johnson Vertiv CEO.

1. Datacloud: What do you see for the future of the industry?
The industry is continuing to become more important to all aspects of business and society. That’s not going to change, although the technologies deployed and where capacity resides will continue to evolve. As we move out of the ‘land rush’ phase we’re seeing now with cloud, the providers that thrive will be those that can deliver the combination of availability, scale and cost-effectiveness the market demands. The decisions made today in regard to critical infrastructure will play a defining role in enabling them to achieve that objective.

Dennis O’Sullivan

For this edition, Datacloud spoke to Dennis O’Sullivan Data Center Segment Lead – Eaton Electrical - Europe, Middle East and Africa Region

Peder Nærbø

For this edition, Datacloud spoke to Peder Nærbø, Founder and Owner at Bulk Infrastructure AS

Datacloud: What do you see for the future of the industry?
I see a potential for tremendous growth, but also a growing concern for the environmental consequences of the growth to come

Datacloud: What is the biggest opportunity in the industry today?
I believe the greatest opportunity today is for those who can offer scalable data center solutions powered by renewable energy sources at lower than the general market cost. However it needs to be done without carving out existing renewable resources that are already substituting fossil fuelled power.

Byrne Murphy

For this edition, Datacloud spoke to Byrne Murphy, co-owner and Chairman of the DigiPlex Group of Companies.

Datacloud: What are the biggest factors effecting the data centre industry now?

At present, there are a wide range of drivers that are putting data centre solutions at the top of global businesses’ list of priorities.

The largest might be broadly defined as the digitalisation of commerce. The demand for competitive solutions in this space has been on the rise for quite some time, spurred on by familiar macro business drivers such as big data, cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, and machine learning.

Franek Sodzawiczny

For this edition, Datacloud spoke to Franek Sodzawiczny, CEO & Founder at Zenium

Datacloud: What do you see for the future of the industry?
The mid and long-term trends indicate that customers will increasingly demand that data center operators offer an infrastructure that is both agile and flexible, to fit hybrid and evolving IT solutions and demands. Networks will run across public and private clouds, and of course some systems will always be considered mission critical so run on-premise only.

Tomas Sokolnicki

For this edition, Datacloud spoke to Tomas Sokolnicki Investment Advisor ICT/Head of Data Centers by Sweden

Datacloud: What do you see for the future of the industry?
Explosion of data, everyone moving to the cloud and many organisations realizing that operating datacenters is hardly core business leads to the conclusion that the datacentre industry needs to grow and offer what users are expecting – low cost, sustainable footprint, differentiated offerings and safety.

Arild Løvik

For this edition, Datacloud spoke to Arild Løvik, CEO, Nordavind DC Sites

Datacloud: What do you see for the future of the industry?
I think the combination of IoT, Big data, Real Time and Everywhere will make linear forecasts fail. The 4th Industrial revolution will give possibilities and effects that challenge our cognitive limitations.

Datacloud: What is the biggest opportunity in the industry today?
Internet of everything, everywhere.

Patrik Öhlund

For this edition, Datacloud spoke to Patrik Öhlund CEO at Node Pole

Bertrand Delatte

For this edition, Datacloud spoke to Bertrand Delatte who is heading the Data Center Solutions & Services business for the Region Europe at SIEMENS since September 2015. Interview in both English and Frencg.

Anne Graf

For this edition, Datacloud spoke to Anne Graf, CEO Hydro66

Detlef Spang

For this edition, Datacloud spoke to Detlef Spang, CEO at Colt Data Centre Services

Eric Baudiment

Pour cette édition, Datacloud a parlé à Eric Baudiment Président de Baudiment Technology

Datacloud: Comment voyez-vous l'avenir du secteur du cloud?
Assurément en pleine croissance

Datacloud: Quelle est aujourd'hui la première opportunité offerte par ce secteur ?
C’est un secteur compétitif dans lequel les gagnants sont ceux qui proposent les solutions d’hébergement les plus compétitives. Cela passe par la maîtrise de leurs coûts d’infrastructures, de factures énergétiques, d’exploitation et bien sûr par l’excellence du service, c’est-à-dire une continuité de service.

John Eland

For this edition, we spoke to John Eland, Director Corporate Development, e-shelter

Andrew Stevens

For this edition, Datacloud spoke to Andrew Stevens, Chief Executive Officer at CNet Training.

Datacloud: What do you see for the future of the industry?
I see for the future of the industry a tremendous amount of change, growth and uncertainty as we head into unchartered waters. Individuals and organisations are continually making predictions about the future but they are largely pure guesses. We simply do not know what the future holds, what technologies will be adopted or become reality and how these will ultimately be used and then how they impact our sector. It’s going to be a roller-coaster.

Olivier Labbe

For this edition, Datacloud spoke to Olivier Labbe, Chief Executive Officer at CAP DC.  

Datacloud: What do you see for the future of the industry?
Cloud will keep on growing, the new trend highlighting a growth that will underlie a Data Centers continuum (from mega to regional to pico)

Datacloud: What is the biggest opportunity in the industry today?
Emerging countries will request local Data Center infrastructures to benefit from privacy and low latency. The biggest opportunity is the South, first of all Africa.

Heiko H. Koop

For this edition, Datacloud spoke to Heiko H. Koop, Chief Executive Officer at Linx Telecommunications Holding BV and Linx Datacenter

Frederic Bouchez

For this edition, Datacloud spoke to Frederic Bouchez Director of Innovation & Marketing at Etix Everywhere.

Datacloud: What do you see for the future of the industry?
Data centers, Cloud and ICT in general, will become invisible and effortless: we envision fully automated and even self-healing and self-repairing infrastructures and software. 
To achieve that, the industry will mainly rely on artificial intelligence (AI) as well as reconfigurable components and equipment. At Etix Everywhere we are already implementing those solutions to develop lights-out data centers.

Jérôme Le Bourgeois

Thought Leadership & Insight des participants et conférenciers de Datacloud Europe 2017.
Pour cette édition, Datacloud a parlé à Jérôme Le Bourgeois, directeur général de JLB Data.

Datacloud : Comment voyez-vous l'avenir du secteur du cloud ?
Une industrie plus respectueuse de l'environnement avec une meilleure efficacité énergétique sans dégrader la disponibilité.

Datacloud : Quelle est aujourd'hui la première opportunité offerte par ce secteur ?
Il est difficile de répondre à cette question car les opportunités sont multiples. Je mettrai cependant en avant la formation qui devient absolument nécessaire, aux vues des difficultés d'exploitation rencontrées.

Christiaan van Terheijden

For this edition, Datacloud spoke to Christiaan van Terheijden Chief Executive Officer at Minkels, part of the publicly traded company Legrand

Datacloud: What do you see for the future of the industry?
Lots of dynamics:
- Movement towards cloud/ hyperscale
- Growth of IoT platform
- Acquisitions in DC market – big companies are getting bigger
- Economy based on regions instead of countries
- Need for global customer approach

Datacloud: What is the biggest opportunity in the industry today?
IoT -> IoT eco system with big data back end (cloud), edge infrastructure with edge processing and analytics (micro DC’s) as well as mobile connectivity 5G

Kim Schultz

For this edition, Datacloud spoke to Kim Schultz a Special Advisor at Invest in Denmark and an expert on Data Centres and Cleantech.

Marco Nicolai

For this edition, Datacloud spoke to Marco Nicolai a Lawyer specialising in engineering and construction law for real estate, infrastructure and data centres development from Bird & Bird.

Eric Schwartz

Datacloud: What do you see for the future of the industry?
ES: I think the enterprise adoption of the cloud will continue to drive massive IT transformation. But many people think of the cloud as one homogenous thing, but in reality it is many clouds. It is this multi-cloud environment and connectivity to many cloud service providers that ultimately delivers on the cloud promise...

Kathy Schneider

Datacloud: What do you see for the future of the industry?
KS: With cloud already a reality, we will see an acceleration of adoption with more and more non-core applications and activities becoming hosted. As per Ovum Enterprise Cloud Services Forecast from January this year, Cloud Services are growing worldwide at 21.97%, meaning lots of headroom. In another Enterprise Insights report from 2015, Ovum indeed points to Cloud Computing Services as the ICT expenditure with the largest planned growth.

Günther Huth

Ingenieure GmbH&CoKG, Hennef Germany
An office for Planing of data center Infrastructure

Judge for awards:
1. Datacentre Leadership Award
2. Cloud Leadership Award

Emma Fryer

Datacloud: What do you see for the future of the industry?
EF: I would always be hesitant to predict where this sector is going because it is driven by disruptive technology. So the one thing we can guarantee is change: not just change in technology but change in business models. In terms of major trends we can’t deny that the big growth area will continue to be cloud, where exponential data growth is driven not just by social media, but smart grid, IoT, big data etc. plus some degree of migration – although there will still be a place for legacy. My particular interest is in what will happen to our energy demand, but that is another story….

Stijn Grove

and Managing Director, European Data Centre Association www.eudca.org

Datacloud: What do you see for the future of the industry?
SG: A bright future. With the global economy on pace again we see continued growth as data centre sector. Online engagement is growing everywhere. With the development of techniques as IoT, M2M communication we see more and more need for digital infrastructure. Also we see the data centre more as the (cloud)-connectivity platform. Outsourcing on a enterprise and regional scale is als continueing. There is room for new players but we will also see consolidation by mergers and take-overs.

Gerd J. Simon

Datacloud: What do you see for the future of the industry?

GS: The future will be bright shining. Data is the sunrise business of today already and in the future. The transformation of our economies and societies to a digital experience has just started, moving our attention to trusted data fabrics and trusted cloud implementations. The degrees of digitalisation in European economies are still very low. We will face several disruptive situations, creating new markets and new market leaders. The path will be at least as moving as Debussy´s “La Mer”.

Gunnar Menzel

Datacloud: What do you see for the future of the industry?

GM: Change is the only constant (Heraclitus, 553BC – 475 BC) and the future of the (IT) Industry is driving and enabling the business and end users to continue to grow and develop further. From and IT perspective this year will be the year of “hybricity”, automation via autonomous teams, and of course “everything as software”.