Thought Leadership and Insight from Jimmy Kirby, Group Managing Director, Kirby Group Engineering

Jimmy Kirby

For this edition of the Clouds Ahead interview series, Datacloud Global spoke to Jimmy Kirby, Group Managing Director, Kirby Group Engineering

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

The demand for data centre capacity is continuing to rise. In order to meet this demand, we will continue to see the rollout of hyperscale and colocation data centres.

Additionally, with the advent of new technologies such as 5G and autonomous vehicles on the horizon, we will see a move towards edge data centres.

To deal with the vast surge in demand these new technologies will bring about, data centre infrastructure needs to be unwaveringly reliable, secure and powerful.

Delivering the required data centre capacity in a sustainable manner will herald a greater emphasis on green IT practices such as investments in renewable energy, using new technologies e.g. virtualisation, evaporative cooling and economisers.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will be used in conjunction with data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) to analyse power, capacity planning, and cooling as well as the overall health of critical backend systems.

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

Hyperscale and colocation data centres will proliferate in order to meet the growing demand. There will be developments in edge data centres and renewable energy. We will see new technologies such as AI and machine learning play a greater role in data centres and there will be developments in the area of energy efficiency.

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

The Nordics, Germany, the Netherlands, France, the UK and Ireland.

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

To expand Kirby’s operations in Europe and continue to deliver engineering excellence to our data centre clients.

Jimmy Kirby will be at Datacloud Global Congress in Monaco from 4 to 6 June 2019. Meet him and the Kirby team on stand 76!