IBM’s Ed Kimm on the Future of the Data Center Market: Agnostic, Hybrid, Multi-cloud Customized Requirements

DENVER, CO – A centerpiece of CAPRE’s International Data Center Series is how to navigate and capitalize on a changing industry and changing enterprise landscape. That’s why CAPRE’s Construction, Design, Engineering Evolution and the Optimization of Hyperscale, Colocation & Enterprise Data Centers in Denver featured a discussion titled “Staying Relevant as a Data Center Provider: Digital Transformation and Optimizing the Client’s Journey to the Cloud” featuring a pair of forward-thinking though leaders from two highly influential organizations: Ed Kimm, of IBM’s Global Technology Services team and Craig Cook, Vice-President for Solutions Architecture and Engineering at Flexential. In this piece, we highlight a close-up with Kimm about how IBM approaches the notion of staying relevant. "So let’s talk about staying relevant as a data center provide through the digital transformation," suggested moderator Brian Klebash, CEO and Founder of CAPRE. "We’ve been hearing throughout the course of the day how the industry is growing, it’s expanding, and it’s evolving. The hyperscalers are growing, multi-tenant colocation is growing. So there’s demand. And how do you stay relevant, Ed?" "One of the reasons I joined IBM was that we we’re trying to compete with the hyperscale providers like Google Cloud or Azure or AWS. In my opinion, we’ll never catch them. Amazon has a clear lion’s share of that marketplace," replied Kimm. "But where I personally see the market going is to an open, hybrid and multi-cloud eco-system. Organizations are starting to understand that…