How Will Multi-Tenant Data Center Operators Adjust to Meet Hyperscale Demand? Look Beyond Ashburn for Affordability

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. In this CAPRE Insider Report, we cover a roundtable take on how providers are adjusting (and customizing) their builds and timelines to accommodate the needs of hyperscalers. For example, Steve Conner, Vice-President of Sales & Solutions Engineering at Vantage Data Centers said that renewable energy is becoming more and more important. “We’re seeing a higher demand for sustainability – not just green energy,” shared Conner. “That’s something we’re seeing that’s really being pushed onto us – and a lot of hyperscalers are really, really starting to focus on security – which is not part of the build. But we’re being asked on it and audited on these things, which is different than anything we’ve had to do as a provider. Now, our contractors are also being asked, but we’re being vetted on that as a provider.” Next, Ryan Parks, Director at Iron Mountain chimed in, with a different observation. “When you look at our core business, 96% of our…