For this edition of the Clouds Ahead interview series, Datacloud Global spoke to Par Johansson, Business Development Director Data Centre, Systemair.
Datacloud: What are some of the key trends and challenges in the current global market?
With the unstoppable trend towards a Data Centric economy and the predicted growth of data, the major challenge for the whole industry is sustainability. Being “green” and more effective in using power and natural resources will become a matter of business survival.
Cooling is our field of expertise and traditionally one of the top power consumer in Data Centers, at Systemair we are trying to reverse this by developing new technologies to be more energy efficient and use natural resources more wisely.
To use indirect/direct air cooling in combination with heat re-use and use the full range of Ashrae A1 temperature envelope, will help achieving huge improvements in operational costs and reduce massively the environmental impact.
Datacloud: How do you think the future landscape of the cloud, edge and 5G technologies will look like?
Reducing latency will be the new driving force. We will see a combination of various types of Data Center technologies and sizes ,depending on the application. The infrastructure will be really adapted to purpose instead of an overall solution for all type of Data Centers. For example, in 5G, the compute for autonomous vehicle guidance (i.e. order cars to stop to give way to an ambulance) will be done at the antenna mast. New small and cost effective Data Centers and compute systems will be needed. But the non ultra-fast latency Data Centers (i.e. for Enterprise applications) will still be in growing demand.
Datacloud: What regions do you see as primed for IT infrastructure asset expansion?
Access to secure, reliable, available and cost-effective power and connectivity and are key building blocks of a big part of this new infrastructure requirements, so any region meeting this criteria will be primed. Ex. Nordic Region, France. In addition, highly populated regions with growing Cloud-based applications users (i.e. N. America, West Europe, South Europe, China, Japan, NE Asia) will grow in the short term too. Rest of the world will follow suit gradually (East Europe, Middle East, S and SE Asia, LATAM, Africa). This is a global unstoppable phenomena.
Datacloud: What is one of your goals for the next year and how do you expect to achieve it?
Continue to push for ultra-reliable energy efficient air cooling and heat-reuse in datacentres where it is applicable by discussing and presenting this to the industry at venues like this. We are convinced Data Centers will evolve in this direction.
Systemair will be at Datacloud Global Congress in Monaco from 4 to 6 June 2019. Come and the team on stand 77!