For this edition of the Clouds Ahead interview series, Datacloud Global spoke to Jean-Marc ARLOT – Deputy Managing Director –Industry Division - Bouygues Energies & Services
Datacloud: What are some of the key trends and challenges in the current global market?
We see the main drivers of the datacentre 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 see the market evolving to larger projects than a few years ago, this trend is driven by the arrival of the main US IT players onto continental Europe and notably in France.
Datacloud: How do you think the future landscape of the cloud, edge and 5G technologies will look like?
In addition to larger projects trend, we notice a demand for small data centre or modular DC (the 5G future network is an illustration). This is notably coming from the need to store data locally, to improve speed and security and to reduce cost of communications.
Datacloud: What regions do you see as primed for IT infrastructure 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 2019, 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 datacentre Design & Build activities targeting primarily the large projects.
Jean-Marc ARLOT will be at Datacloud Global Congress in Monaco from 4 to 6 June 2019. Meet him and the team on stand 41!