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Top 10 Key Takeaways from CAPRE’s Fourth Annual Greater Seattle & Pacific Northwest Data Center Summit

Nov 23, 2018
by Brian Klebash

SEATTLE, Washington –  On November 15, CAPRE convened 250 senior-level data center real estate and technology infrastructure executives for its Fourth Annual Greater Seattle & Pacific Northwest Data Center Summit.  The popular summit was held at the Westin Hotel in Downtown Seattle. The Westin Building Exchange hosted a pre-event reception and tour on November 14. Executives convened for important industry discussion, debate and networking. View CAPRE’s exclusive photo slideshow of the summit>

 

Above: Erik B Levitt, CEO, Hammer Fiber Optics Holdings; John Sabey, President, Sabey Datacenter Properties and John Sheputis, Former President, Infomart Data Centers participating in CAPRE’s Fourth Annual Greater Seattle & Pacific Northwest Data Center Summit, held on November 15 in Seattle.
Above: Erik B Levitt, CEO, Hammer Fiber Optics Holdings, John Sabey, President, Sabey Datacenter Properties and John Sheputis, Former President, Infomart Data Centers participating in CAPRE’s Fourth Annual Greater Seattle & Pacific Northwest Data Center Summit, held on November 15 in Seattle.

Here are the top 10 highlights consisting of interesting observations or predictions about the Seattle market, compiled by CapRE:

#10) Marcelo Garcés, Managing Director, Savills Studley on demand for Seattle-market colocation:

In Seattle, colocation has flattened out. Hyperscale, depending on how you define it, is the driver. Overall, Seattle is not really getting a lot of colocation action.  Wenatchee, Virginia, basically everywhere else is picking up more action.”

#9)Greg Couch, Manager – Data Center Strategy, Operations & Engineering, University of Washington on working with third-party vendors and service providers:

“We separated facilities and management. To keep our team small, efficient and effective, we leveraged vendors and contractors as extensions of our team and have very good relationships. Team members are managers of vendors, so we professionalized our data center team and structured it separately from facilities team. ”

#8) Timothy Doherty, Chief Executive Officer, Digital Fortress on where he would invest capital in today’s market:

“Not all infrastructure will go back to the cloud. There’s a lot that can not go to the cloud, does not want to go to the cloud. It has to reside in a data center somewhere, because all cloud is in a data center somewhere.  The SD-WAN market has been very robust for us. AI connectivity and connectivity of AI is a very big market today.”

#7) Eric Hulbert, President, Opus Interactive, Inc on what’s trending:

“Hybrid IT is the new norm.”

#6) Anthony Wanger, Data Center Developer and Former CEO of IO on curbing enthusiasm about 5G:

“If another banker or private equity investor calls me and starts a conversation with ‘because 5G,’ I think I will faint. I’m not sure people have done the math to know how massive, broad and long term this project is to turn current LTE  into 5G.”

#5) John Sabey, President, Sabey Datacenter Properties on gauging the temperature of data center markets around the U.S.

“There’s  a reason for a data center to be everywhere where it is. Customers have varying demands across all categories of data centers.  Central Washington is really the lowest cost place in the U.S. that you can site a data center.  Velocity in Virginia has been huge for 20 years. Every time you think Virginia is overbuilt, absorption sucks it up and so it’s a good place to be.  New York has been a little slow over the last 10 years, there are challenges to construction. ”

#4) John Sheputis, Former President, Infomart Data Centers on life as an entrepreneur:

“You do it because you believe it and you see it. The secret to anyone’s successful career is that you need to see it before everyone else thinks it’s obvious and take that position. I love what I do and I just want to do less of it. There’s a tremendous opportunity in these hybrid companies.”

#3) Anil Reddy, Member – Technical Standards Committee, IDCA on growth of hyperscale:

“If you look at balance sheets of top three cloud providers: Amazon, Google, Microsoft, together they own about 60-70% of capacity. And most of the net new capacity coming is also grabbed by them.”

#2) Conan Lee, Managing Director, JLL on competitive markets:

“San Francisco and Hillsboro are Seattle’s competitive markets.

#1) Austin Coover, Key Customer Manager, Seattle City Light on data center power demand and consumption:

“Data center usage on our system is small, very consistent and maybe event dropped a bit. With movement to data centers in Quincy and growth everywhere else, we are not seeing a lot of growth in data centers.”

 

Above: 250 senior-level data center real estate and technology infrastructure executives participated in CAPRE’s Fourth Annual Greater Seattle & Pacific Northwest Data Center Summit held on November 14-15, 2018 in Seattle.
Above: 250 senior-level data center real estate and technology infrastructure executives participated in CAPRE’s Fourth Annual Greater Seattle & Pacific Northwest Data Center Summit held on November 14-15, 2018 in Seattle.

Brian Klebash is President & Founder of CAPRE. He produced the first International Data Center Series event in New York City in November, 2011.  He can be reached at bklebash@capremedia.com or via LinkedIn.

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