For this edition of the Clouds Ahead interview series, Datacloud Global spoke to Jean David Fabre, Sales Director - Datacenter, Cloud & Content Providers – EMEA, Ciena
Datacloud: What are some of the key trends and challenges in the current global market?
The cloud market is booming. In fact, according to IHS, sales of DCI (DataCenter Interconnect) gear, principally to internet content providers (ICPs) and enterprises is expected to expand at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18% to hit $4.5 billion by 2021. Growth in IoT/AR/VR applications, particularly ones that require high bandwidth or low latency, coupled with 4G mobile data growth and upcoming 5G deployments, are driving even more datacenter growth and also the need for more distributed edge located datacenters. Because growth will continue, it is critical for all these locations to have high bandwidth reliable connectivity.
Datacloud: How do you think the future landscape of the cloud, edge and 5G technologies will look like?
The pace of change continues unabated, and the future will require services, technologies and applications that can be deployed quickly and adapt to fast changing user demands. A software controlled Adaptive Network is a key underlying requirement to provide seamless, reliable, high bandwidth and agile connectivity to connect fixed and mobile users to their content and applications, whether on a local edge site, or at larger metro/national/international locations.
Datacloud: What regions do you see as primed for IT infrastructure asset expansion?
The global content providers are often catalysts for growth in particular regions both with their own datacentre buildout and the associated need for distributing content close to the user in local Multi-tenant datacenters. The European region continues to experience strong cloud growth with Microsoft building out 8 new datacenters, and GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) also serving as an additional driver for nationally located content and datacenters. We are also seeing the Middle East region move from being a key transit point between Europe and Asia to becoming a key customer and cloud location in its own right.
Datacloud: What is one of your goals for the next year and how do you expect to achieve it?
Ciena’s goal is to help datacenter owners/operators easily scale their DCI network to meet the ever-increasing demand for cloud based services with unmatched network bandwidth, reduced space and power. We will continue to work with operators to create secure and self-configurable networks that can adapt to meet today’s everchanging customer needs.
Schedule a meeting with Jean David Fabre and the Ciena team at Datacloud Global Congress in Monaco from 4 to 6 June 2019.