Thought Leadership and Insight from Ashley LYON, ICT Expert for Foreign Direct Investments, Invest in Wallonia (Belgium)

Ashley LYON

For this edition of the Clouds Ahead interview series, Datacloud Global spoke to Ashley Lyon, ICT Expert for Foreign Direct Investments, Invest in Wallonia (Belgium)

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

The key trends for data centers (eg. Hyperscale and colocation sub markets) will be driven by global ICT technology market uptakes such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, blockchain / crypto, autonomous systems, augmented analytics. Last month, Gartner had announced that the data center systems segment will see a 2,8% decline, due to lower average component selling prices. Overall, the worldwide IT spending forecast for 2019 is 3,8 trillion US$, up by 1,1% from 2018. I believe that once the ICT submarkets reach maturity over the next 5 to 10 years, the data center market will keep trending upwards at a faster pace. Edge data centers will most probably play a role in this uptake, powered by disruptive emerging technologies.

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

The cloud based technologies are pushing enterprise software markets forward. Up by 7,1% (Gartner April 2019), that landscape will surely continue to evolve in the same trend over the following years due to increased growth for the infrastructure software segment, such as the integration platform as a service (iPaaS) and application platform as a service (aPaaS). I predict that the 5G deployment will be uneven from nation to nation, driven by governmental and technological considerations. The speed of development of Edge will therefore be linked to the private and public choices, remaining in a buoyant trend.

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

I think that the regions boasting the densest populations and the highest technology uptake will be those that need to be primed for IT infrastructure asset expansion. We shall see new regions emerging from the traditional ones, but the energy and connectivity assets need to be robust. Situated in the middle of the FLAP area, the region of Wallonia in Belgium is already primed for hyperscale and colocation infrastructure projects. Google has not reinvested in Wallonia without a reason. Come and visit our booth to understand our competitive Total Cost of Ownership solutions!

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

Our goal for the next year is to be featured on increased shortlists for data center investment projects. We expect to achieve it by continuing our one to one interactions with the main actors in the sector and by participating in various events such as Data Cloud Europe 2019.

Ashley Lyon will be at Datacloud Global Congress in Monaco from 4 to 6 June 2019. Meet him and the team on stand 63!