Now in its fourteenth year, and the fifth in Monaco, this event is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious for leaders of data centers, cloud service providers and edge players and their enterprise customers.
Looking back on all the attendees, there’s no doubt that such events are integral to how the industry keeps its finger on the pulse of the global data economy, emerging trends and challenges.
Trends to look out for
The biggest discussions were around the rapid migration to the edge – a trend that barely registered in forecasts from as little as five years ago. In fact, Vertiv recently polled 800 data center and industry leaders to gain insights for its Data Center 2025: Closer to the Edge update. The poll suggests 53% of those surveyed expect edge sites to increase by 100%, while 20% expect a 400% or more increase. We also see this in how we work with some of our existing global clients, where they have expanded their geographic footprints significantly to increasingly locate computing closer to the user.
Another interesting trend in the current global market is the convergence of cyber and physical security enabled by Artificial Intelligence. The combination is not only inevitable but can make enterprise security much stronger. Although this discussion has been going on for over a decade now, it’s only in the last few years that the networked enablement of business is now forcing enterprises think about cyber and physical security as one.
This growth illustrates how the industry flexes and changes at a rapid pace. It also reflects our rationale for bringing multiple regional data center security design and integration teams into a single Global Data Center Security Practice. We wanted to provide a consistent global delivery model to match the flexibility, scale and speed of services required by the market.
This rapid expansion of footprint also brings an additional challenge from a construction and security integration skill set. That’s why we also had many discussions at the congress on the increasing adoption of Global Security Standards as well as a move towards Building Information Modelling (BIM); an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently design, construct and manage buildings and infrastructure.
Overall the conference was a great opportunity for networking and a forum for learning. I know the team valued the discussions and are looking forward to our next gathering at Data Centers Ireland on 19 – 20 November 2019. We will continue to focus on how we can support organisations as they expand their distributed network, which is increasingly reliant on a mission-critical edge infrastructure.
To find out more about key trends, challenges and opportunities in the global data center industry, read my interview with Datacloud Global Congress.