How Do You Devise a Corporate Strategy to Address Retiring, Existing and New Facilities?

BOSTON, MA – The digital journey is an omnipresent part of the data center conversation of today. CAPRE does its part in driving that conversation by ensuring the digital journey is integral to its data center summits. “Trends in Power, Cooling, AI, and IoT in the Management and Operations of the Data Center” was a marquee panel in that regard at CAPRE’s Third Annual Boston Data Center Summit, which was moderated by Dawn Fitzgerald, Director of Digital Transformation for Data Center Operations at Schneider Electric.

Early on in the conversation, Schneider looked to Michael Saia, CEO and Founder of XTechnology Global LLC, who also provided opening remarks earlier in the day, for his personal perspective.

“Mike, you’re looking at infrastructure lifecycle management,” she remarked. “So as we move toward the Internet of Things, predictive analytics, augmented or artificial intelligence, what are you seeing with respect to devising a strategic corporate plan that addresses retiring, existing and new facilities?”

“That’s a great question, Dawn. You mentioned the word strategic. A lot of companies don’t have a strategic vision. It’s more tactical, as plans change and data grows, and infrastructure changes, going from on-premise to colocation to cloud,” he replied. “We’re seeing, in my space, a hybrid model of people having some infrastructure that they’re always going to keep, and then outsourcing to colocation, maybe a bare metal or a managed services or just the straight Cloud. So all of that is growth in infrastructure on some level. The smart companies that we’re seeing, use the strategic vision to monetize those depreciated assets.”

According to Saia, this trend is two-fold. “It’s, can I get dollars back on infrastructure that’s already been deployed? And the biggest lynch pin on that is data,” he explained. “All of this Iot and AI, that growth in our market segment, is going to be data. That data has to reside somewhere, and it can’t leave the data centers until it’s in compliance with HIPAA or FERPA or any of those agencies that they’re bound by.”

“So the biggest thing that we see is that we’ve got to get the data cleansed. And there’s a cost to that – either physical destruction or the non-destructive software way. And after that we can make the decision to move that out of the premise that it’s on, whether that’s on the client’s site or on a colocation provider,” stressed Saia.

“Companies and clients that have a strategic plan to provide the data and compliance and try to monetize those depreciated assets are the smart ones. we’re seeing it be very reactionary – what about the Edge and IoT, and how do we get there? But what about what you spent the last 20 years building? What do you do with that?” Saia mused.

“Most of the data center managers are worried about uptime and going toward the latest trends in technology, not what they have had in the past. We like to help the clients implement a strategic vision to both get to the data compliance and the monetization of those depreciated assets,” he concluded.

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