For this edition Datacloud spoke to Shane McMahon, European Head of Sales, Tate Europe
Datacloud: What do you see as the future drivers for the industry?
In the immediate future, interest from American and Asian players into the European retail and wholesale co-location market will add to an already booming data centre construction market. Driven by strong take-up in the Amsterdam and Frankfurt markets, and ever-decreasing construction times, developers are servicing a demand that does not seem to be dwindling. The growth of virtual reality and autonomous vehicles remain the buzz words on the horizon.
Datacloud: What regions within Europe do you see as primed for IT asset expansion?
Moves from the Irish government to reclassify data centres as infrastructural development will open the doors to a fast track development process and given the proximity to the hyperscale players and Atlantic fibres, there is a strong opportunity for Dublin to see significant growth. Looking to emerging markets, locations like Bulgaria and Spain have great potential for growth.
Datacloud: What is one of your goals for the next year and how do you expect to achieve it?
The main goal for Kingspan Tate is to solidify our position as the largest data centre interior fit-out specialists in Europe. Recent acquisitions in central Europe have grown our geographical proximity to key markets like the Netherlands and Germany but our goal is to continue this and explore new opportunities to bring construction materials that are specific to the data centre sector in order to improve build time and quality.
Datacloud: How can our sector help to improve society?
Universities and colleges are only now starting to realise that the data centre sector is a real and viable career path for students. Those within the sector will agree that the world of data centres is as fast paced as it is varied. It is an industry of substance that can really open young people’s eyes to the way society is changing and moving to a truly digital age.
Tate Europe will be at the Datacloud Europe 2018 congress in Monaco June 12-14th. Meet them there