Is the Edge Over-Hyped? Google’s Daniel Golding Says Data Center Industry Should Focus on Real Problems — Not Shiny Ones

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, Rizer and Golding dove deep into an evergreen topic -- the advent (or not) of the Edge. "We hear a lot about the Edge and we talk a lot about what it means," began Rizer. "Obviously, when we first started doing these conferences, I was on the “Secondary Market” panel and I found it funny because I knew we were going to become the market. So what do you see as far as the future of the Edge and how does that impact some of the bigger players?" "I honestly don’t think it’s going to have a huge amount of impact," replied Golding, curtly. "I think there’s been a lot of hype, a lot of tech press, around the Edge, the Edge, the Edge. I think it’s a particularly well-funded effort. I see folks with great business trying to figure out what their Edge strategy is, even if they don’t fully understand. But for a lot of us, Ashburn is…