CAPRE PODCAST IN LEADERSHIP: MICROSOFT’S DOUGLAS MOUTON TALKS DATA CENTER EXPANSION AND THE ROLE OF INDUSTRY PARTNERS

On July 8, CAPRE's President and Founder, Brian Klebash, caught up with Douglas Mouton, who has worked with Microsoft since July 2015 in various roles, including General Manager Global Data Center Execution (DCX), General Manager Construction and most recently, General Manager Global Datacenter Procurement and Construction. Mr. Mouton is based in the Seattle region. Prior to Microsoft, Mr. Mouton worked at Jacobs and served in the U.S. Army National Guard for 33 years. CAPRE and Mr. Mouton discussed many themes in under 15 minutes, including: data generation in society, the location of workloads today, Microsoft’s data center expansion strategy, the role of wholesale/colocation companies to support Microsoft’s overall service, and the impact of COVID-19 on operations. Specifically, Mr. Mouton answered the following questions: * Where are workloads going today (public cloud, private cloud, colocation/wholesale, edge)? * How has COVID-19 impacted decision making about migration to public cloud services? * How is Microsoft expanding its footprint in the northwest region? * Is Microsoft likely to continue to build and operate its own data centers? And, how will Microsoft work with colocation/wholesale players going forward? * Are there any key takeaways, for you to date, working in pandemic environment? * What is the most important challenge for data center operators/providers today?