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Belden’s Henry Franc Talks “Unique Hybridization” and Client Concerns at Toronto Data Center Summit

Jun 6, 2018
by Josh Anderson

TORONTO, ONTARIO – Despite the latest and greatest technology revolutionizing in compute architecture, some things remain constant. And perhaps the most constant ingredient is the end-user. So CapRE’s Second Annual Canadian Data Center Summit included a panel titled The End-User Approach to On-Prem, Hybrid, the Cloud, and Tomorrow’s Compute Needs and Initiatives that honed in various topics affecting the decisions of end-users. Below is a transcription of part of that panel which showcased the perspective of Henry Franc, Technology Solutions Architect – Canada, Belden, moderated by Founder and CEO of CapRE, Brian Klebash.

Klebash: Are people doing “reverse migration”, in other words, taking stuff out of the cloud? And if so, is it because of security, compliance, or other factors?

data center summitFranc: Maybe not reverse migration, but let’s call it unique hybridization. One of the analysts earlier talked about the unique regulatory requirements for the finance industry. And this goes back to how every one of our businesses is different. So whether you’re in the finance industry and it’s secure transactions in a timely manner, or whether you’re in healthcare, and it’s your clinical services. Or you might be in education, needing to attract students and faculty, and retaining them. Everybody has a different model.

Whether that means it’s reverse-migration or not, I think that we get too hung up on the terms.

We can’t even agree on a definition of the Cloud. I think that the Cloud is a fluffy, nebulous concept, that some people can’t explain, so they just call it, hey we’re going to the Cloud. And that’s perfectly valid, so long as we get to the bottom of what we’re trying to achieve, and we don’t get distracted by the shiny bobble or the shiny terms. Pick a business solution that fits.

When we talk about hybrid versions of the Cloud, people will talk about the Cloud and the Managed Private Cloud. And, well, there’s a difference between Managed Private Cloud and a Private Managed Cloud. Even though I’m using all three words the same, we tend to be overly specialized in technology, separated often times by a common language. And we need to listen and understand and articulate what our need is, and then go beyond the nebulous concepts to try and find out that maybe you have a storage solution that we need to work on. So I don’t subscribe to the title, but more to figuring out what needs to be done in order to engage the business.

Klebash: What are your clients’ concerns? What are their unique needs, Henry?

Franc: It’s evolving models. It’s evolving risks. And often times it comes to fear, uncertainty, doubt and risk avoidance. And as we find more and more things that we have to protect against, those models change. And they will change based on different use-cases. Unfortunately, our first response, especially with new technology, some of the first issues will be the worrisome nature of the boogeyman — the person in the black hat that is going to have a nefarious intent.

Henry Franc, Technology Solutions Architect – Canada, Belden

Often times, when it comes to our data, whether it’s storage of processing, it’s not a nefarious act that is problematic. it’s the accidental or unintended consequences of other actions. So I see as the model evolves from usage and use-cases, the model of deployment changes. One of the other panelists sitting here earlier talked about reviving and examining that strategy, at least on an annual basis, to make sure that what you’re doing makes sense. Because the environment that we’re in today is not what we were in a year ago.

A year ago, we were worried about blockchain data centers and crypto-currency mining taking up valuable computing space and power utilization.

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