How Are Traditional Multi-Tenant Data Centers Evolving to Meet Hyperscale Cloud Growth?

LEESBURG, VA – CAPRE’s seventh annual Mid-Atlantic Data Center Summit sought to shed some light on the impact of hyperscalers on the colocation game, so we gathered a crew of highly respected thought-leaders who are active in Northern Virginia to opine on how hyperscalers are changing their business model. The panel How Traditional Multi-Tenant Data Center Operators are Evolving to Meet Hyperscale Cloud Growth: Challenges & Opportunities sought to showcase both the challenges that the hyperscalers have brought, and the opportunities. Moderator Robert Dennelly, Director of Engineering & Product Line Management at AFL Hyperscale kicked off the panel with some first-hand insight. “We’ve deployed a lot of fiber optic cables at a lot of these core data center sites for hyperscale customers around the world, but more and more, we’re seeing hyperscalers utilize colocation facilities,” he shared. “One of the things I was really curious about is that, in our experience with hyperscalers, they’re doing data center projects at a scale that is so much different than in the enterprise space,” he continued, listing for example, the amount of fiber that they’re deploying and the data rate speeds they’re approaching. “We have a lot of discussions with hyperscalers where they’re already onto 100 Gig, and now they’re approaching us about 400 Gig. So there are challenges and opportunities for our business, and I suspect the same is happening in the colo market.” “So my first question for the panel is,…