Thought Leadership and Insight from Daniel Braden-Astbury, Practice Leader, Stanley Global Data Center Security Practice

Daniel Braden-Astbury

For this edition of the Clouds Ahead interview series, Datacloud Global spoke to Daniel Braden-Astbury, Practice Leader at Stanley Security’s Global Data Centre Security Practice, part of the Stanley, Black & Decker Group.

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

From a physical security standpoint, we really see three key themes:
The convergence of Cyber and Physical Security with AI
A combination of cyber and physical defence is not only inevitable but can make enterprise security stronger. The issue has been around for more than a decade, but it has only been in the last few years that the networked enablement of everyday business functions is now forcing enterprises to embrace the fact that physical security and cybersecurity must be treated in a unified manner.

Increased need for adoption of Global Security Standards
Security requirements are increasingly demanding and systems are becoming more complex, pair this with an increased need for speed of deployment in Greenfield sites and upgrades of existing facilities and we see an ever increasing need to adopt Global Security standards to enable providers to derisk their expansion and upgrade programs as well as decreasing program schedules. This is one of the reasons we brought together our own regional teams into a Global Centre of Excellence designed to respond to the challenges that come with global accounts in a superior and more efficient way.

Leveraging Building Information Modelling (BIM)
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a shared knowledge resource, providing all of the information about every component of a building, in one easy to access place.

We were the first Security Integrator in Europe to be awarded BIM Level 2 Certification and it enables us to digitally model a building and use the BIM data to reduce the risk of mistakes or discrepancies at an early stage, making for more cost-effective, safe construction, improved carbon performance and predictable planning. This has enabled us to create an immersive environment that facilitates a more agile and collaborative way of working as well as significantly reducing project schedules.

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

Multi-cloud adoption and 5G network will reshape the industry for sure. The robust growth of multi-cloud adoption and advent of 5G connectivity will demand new data center infrastructure and capabilities in new locations across the globe.

This brings an additional challenge from a construction and security integration skill set as providers move into new regions or increase the tempo of construction of new facilities in existing regions. This is why we see an increasing adoption of Global Security Standards as well as move towards Building Information Modelling (BIM) an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure. It also highlights the importance of adopting Global Security standards that are flexible enough to comply with local legislations as providers move into new regions.

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

So the Asia Pacific is certainly an exciting region that is seeing strong growth, but multi-cloud adoption continues to drive demand across markets and will be compounded with the advent of 5G network connectivity. We see that our existing global partners are all strategizing their offerings to meet the growing need for long-term flexibility, while providing the space and power needed from large users, which gives a strong outlook across all regions.

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

Earlier this year we announced the alignment of our existing regional teams into a unified Global Data Centre Security Practice, specialising in data centre security systems design and engineering.

Next year we expect to accelerate our investment in our Global Data Centre Security Practice, enabling us to respond more flexibly to the scale and speed of services required by the market. We know that by bringing together the combined experience of our existing regional data centre specialists and investing heavily in our structure, we now have a truly global capability that is trusted by some of the most risk-averse and technologically advanced organisations in the world.

Stanley will be at Datacloud Global Congress in Monaco from 4 to 6 June 2019. Meet him and the team on stand 42!