Thought Leadership and Insight from Colt Datacenter Services

Detlef Spang

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

Datacloud: What do you see for the future of the industry?
Thanks to cloud computing our industry is in a really good place right now. During the early days of the cloud, many in the industry predicted a downturn, but it didn’t materialise. Technologies matured, more use cases were developed and adoption levels increased. The evolution of the cloud as a delivery platform has led to unprecedented demand for DC players. The hyperscale providers, in particular, have really changed the game. IDC predicts that colocation is one of fastest growing industries in the world and is set to grow between 15-18 per cent by 2018.
The data centre industry will continue to be the fabric the underpins an interconnected world. It will act as the catalyst for global business, supporting cross-border operations and quicker entry into new untouched markets with propositions that create competitive advantage.

Datacloud: What is the biggest opportunity in the industry today?
Growth in emerging markets is leading to greater democratisation, to the extent that technologies are now making their way into non-IT hubs. Also, hyperscale providers in the US and China are driving demand for the development of hyperscale facilities that require substantial capacity in global markets. This is another significant opportunity for the industry.
Developing our strategy on the edge nodes, older data centre facilities doesn’t mean they are end of life, there is a huge opportunity

Datacloud: What's one of your goals for the next year and how do you expect to achieve it?
Completion of our Inzai 2 data centre in Japan is the priority. Phase one is underway and we have committed to delivering and handing over a fully functional site in just 12 months. The scale of the project is huge. The site is the largest physical construction in our portfolio to date. We broke ground back in October last year and this October will see us open the doors to our customers. It’s a project that will solidify our position as the most customer-centric data centre provider. We must continue to commit to this vision in our day-to-day operations and ensure we have the right level of technical expertise on.
the ground at all times. This involves our design, delivery and technical engineering teams as well as our in-house experts – many of whom are long-standing Colt DCS employees. In short, collaboration and the ability to tackle issues efficiently without relying on external consultancies, is key to a successful project. The secret is to continue empowering our people to make quick decisions and support the teams to move forward in what is a very transparent organisation.

Datacloud: What do you think matters most in the development of the industry and its effect on business and society?
To survive in this industry, speed to market is crucial. Especially considering the opportunity in emerging markets and the need to support cross-border operations. However, you also need good financial backing. This industry has seen a lot of consolidation over the last year and a half. Organisations simply do not have the capability to stand back in markets where the customers want to be as this leads to bigger players consuming them.
- Society – We enable businesses to root themselves in new territories, backed by trusted partners, so they are not tying up capex for markets that are new to them, today’s technologies and agile, hybrid IT strategies are enabling organisations to build a truly connected world.

Colt Datacenter Services will be at the Datacloud Europe 2017 congress in Monaco June 6-8th. Meet them there