Google’s Daniel Golding: Expect Data Centers to Continue Getting Bigger, and Networks to Continue Getting More Complicated

LEESBURG, VA — Fireside Chats are always a highlight of CAPRE’s International Data Center Series Summits, and CAPRE’s Seventh Annual Mid-Atlantic Data Center Summit in Leesburg, VA last week was no exception. Driving the Data Center: Networks, Clouds, and the Data Centers featured the perspective of two highly respected data center leaders, Buddy Rizer, Executive Director of Economic Development for Loudoun County, VA & Daniel Golding, Network and Data Center Infrastructure Leader at Google. Soon after the session kicked off, Golding offered a broad forecast of where the industry is headed next. "This industry still very new. And it’s still evolving. This is a much different industry today than from 8-9 years ago, when you and I first sat down and spoke. And I think that the evolution will continue," remarked Rizer. "So what do you see as the future of the data center industry?" Golding replied that he thinks there are a couple of things to take into account. "I think the data centers we’re building are going to continue to get larger. You know, just a few years ago, if you built a 10 or 15 megawatt data center, that was a big data center," he recalled. "People were not blinking about building 3 or 4 megawatt data centers. But the economics are heavily in favor of larger data centers. There is a large class of deals that you can’t address if you are only building smaller data…