CushWake’s Gene Williams: “The Movement of Hyperscalers Outside of the Core is Going to Change our Dynamics”

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- The closing panel of CAPRE’s recent Northern California Digital Infrastructure Summit concluded the daylong panel with a look at a perennially important facet of the data center industry – the hyperscalers. “The Growth of Hyperscale Data Centers: Analysis of the Impact of Record-Setting Investment on the Industry” was moderated by Kevin Imboden, Director of Research for the Data Center Group at Cushman & Wakefield, and he kicked off the discussion in a unique way. “Where are we seeing the greatest growth geographically?” he asked his panel of six leading movers and shakers from the Northern California region. “Is it traditional markets, like the Dallases and Chicagoes of the world? We’ve talked about the Edge a lot today. We’ve talked about places like Columbus. Are there any regions that are being overlooked when it comes to investment?” First to offer a response was Gene Williams, Senior Director, Cushman & Wakefield. “Well, statistically, Northern Virginia is our largest market by a long shot,” he began. “just in terms of size, all of the action is in Northern Virginia. In fact, I worked on a project in Columbus not too long ago. It’s a practical, growing market. We have quite a few tertiary markets in the country that are up and coming, but if I’m going to name one, that’s an interesting place.” “The movement of hyperscalers outside of the core is going to change the dynamic,” predicted Williams.…