For this edition of CLOUDS AHEAD Datacloud spoke to Jean-Marc ARLOT – Deputy Managing Director –Industry Division - Bouygues Energies & Services
Datacloud: What do you see as the future drivers for the industry?
We see the main drivers of the datacenter industry to be a high demand for a reduced time to market response. Our clients are requesting flexible designs for their projects. They want to adapt their investment to market demand and to be extremely reactive to deliver projects quicker than before.
We also see the market evolving to larger projects than a few years ago.
Datacloud: What regions within Europe do you see as primed for IT asset expansion?
We are pleased to see that France attracts much more interest for IT assets expansion and this has a very visible impact on the activity in this sector .There are good indications that this will last for long as France offers a lot of advantages with very good connectivity and very competitive zero carbon energy. UK and Germany offer a large potential as well together with some Nordic countries.
Datacloud: What is one of your goals for the next year and how do you expect to achieve it?
In 2018, in addition to our strong presence in France and in the UK, Bouygues Energies & Services wants to leverage the Bouygues Construction presence and capabilities in some Europeans countries and in the Middle East to expand its datacenter Design & Build activities targeting primarily the large projects.
Datacloud: How can our sector help to improve society?
The datacenter is a highly intensive energy consumption sector with a predictable sustainable growth in the coming years. The energy efficiency of DC has improved substantially over the past years; designs with PUEs of circa 1.2 are now common practice. We think that a lot more energy savings will come from IT technology evolutions.
One way to improve society would be to develop effective solutions to recover wasted heat from datacenters. There is an enormous and growing amount of “free” energy available from the DC cooling process and located in urban areas for many of them. If we were able to re-use this energy for the benefit of the community, datacenters “true energy efficiency“ and image would be dramatically improved . This can only result from a joint effort of public authorities and the private sector but this a very achievable target, which would benefit to our industry.
Jean-Marc ARLOT will be at the Datacloud Europe 2018 congress in Monaco June 12-14th. Meet him there