Thought Leadership and Insight from Ian White, Director of Partnership and Alliances at NDC Data Centers

 Ian White

For this edition of the Clouds Ahead interview series, Datacloud Global spoke to Ian White, Director of Partnership and Alliances at NDC Data Centers

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

The traditional model for data centers is changing with a drive towards prefabrication and innovation.

Current challenges are all too apparent in traditional data center design and construction. As demand increases, the struggle to put in place adequate resources in terms of specialist labour and materials has several negative consequences for planned projects, including slipping project ready-for-service dates, increased budgets and challenges controlling those budgets. Quality has suffered as inexperienced labour (design and construction) must be trained on the job and time schedule expectations have to be reset to enable projects to be finished.

A project’s carbon footprint is substantially increased due to the fact that this model requires a highly-mobile international workforce able to travel quickly to support programs in different regions, particularly for the larger sites in the EU. Growing concerns globally about climate change and the overall impact of construction and industry practices on the wider environment, as well as increased consumer pressure and awareness of these issues, means that organizations can no longer ignore their overall environmental impact and carbon footprint.

In conclusion the traditional data center design and construction model needs to change for two reasons:

1. Energy and workforce availability will continue to be constrained
2. Organizations need to look at their deployment efficiency and design approach from an environmental perspective

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

My expectations for the next 5 years are continued growth in cloud or core data centers on the current predicted path.
The search for the next wave of edge or regional data centers capacity is underway. Data center infrastructure is available now and will be deployed at a mast or tower level. However, the IT and network optimization technology required to deal with the estimated 1000% increase over 4g bandwidth are still not mature or proven but development is underway, and the maturity of the solution is expected in the next 12 to 24 months.

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

For cloud and core, the growth will continue in the mature hub regions globally. However, the drive for power and green data centers will drive higher growth in regions like the Nordics.
In Edge, the initial investments over the next 24 months will target areas higher population density and regions with high ARPUs (Average revenue per users).

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

At NDC Data Centers, we are looking to deliver a proven model that dematerializes the data centers design and construction process, effectively doing more with less resource, energy, and risk. Work is underway so... watch this space!

Ian White will be at Datacloud Global Congress in Monaco from 4 to 6 June 2019. Meet him and the team on stand 59!