Thought Leadership and Insight from Andreas Keiger, EVP – Business Unit IT Infrastructure, Rittal

Andreas Keiger

For this edition of the Clouds Ahead interview series, Datacloud Global spoke to Andreas Keiger, EVP – Business Unit IT Infrastructure at Rittal.

Datacloud: What are some of the key trends and challenges in the current global market?

Autonomous things, artificial intelligence and analytics, digital twin, blockchain, empowered edge are just a few trends describing the fast evolution of the IT technology. All these trends will have a major impact on the network and data center market.
These trends, as well as the comprehensive digitization, encompass all sectors but also the private environment and thus the entire society. Consequently, they are the key drivers for the development of future data center technology. Large data centers will continue to outperform, but we will see that a large number of edge data centers are needed to deal with the flood of data.

Datacloud: How do you think the future landscape of the cloud, edge and 5G technologies will look like?

IoT and IIoT will change the IT landscape dramatically. By 2020 up to 43 billion devices will be connected to the IoT, stated by Statista. The amount of data generated cannot be handled by hyperscale / cloud data centers. Rittal believes in a significant and strong growth of edge data center to cope with the amount of data, to response and react with a very short latency.

In addition, 5G will become a second major game changer. The GSM association forecasted an amount of 1.2 billion 5G connection by 2025. However, 5G will not be restricted to new public services, it will have also a strong impact on private, industrial applications. 5G will be the core technology for autonomous driving cars, VR controlled robots and machines, and many other new emerging technologies. In conjunction with 5G, Rittal sees again the direct relation to edge data centers. Bandwidth and performance (5G) and data centers (edge) are the foundation of digitization and new services.
It is important to note, that edge data centers are always part of a corresponding cloud. Edge and cloud are correlated technologies.

Datacloud: What regions do you see as primed for IT infrastructure asset expansion?

Rittal sees the greatest potential in the North American, European and Asian region, in Asia in particular in China. In addition to the traditional Hyperscale data centers, OCP technology will continue to gain in importance, as well as well-known Chinese companies in their current technology views show.
In Europe, with the advancement of IIoT technology as part of Industry 4.0, the Edge Data Center segment will see above-average growth.

Datacloud: What is one of your goals for the next year and how do you expect to achieve it?

Rittal has already established itself in the hyperscale / colocation market among well known IT customers. With the Lefdal Mine Datacenter, Rittal was able to clearly demonstrate its experience in large-scale projects, large data centers.

In the coming years, therefore, the focus will increasingly be on the topic of the Egde Data Center in order to position Rittal as a driving force within this segment. In addition, this is supported by initiatives such as the German Edge Cloud, in which Rittal contributes its know-how and expertise to provide cross-industry solutions.

Rittal will be at Datacloud Global Congress in Monaco from 4 to 6 June 2019. Meet Andreas Keiger and the team on stand #45!