Loudoun County’s Buddy Rizer: “A Better Standard of Design Could Open Doors to New Areas for Data Centers”

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. While the session intended for Rizer to pose questions to Golding, the latter took the opportunity to turn the tables about halfway through the event. "Let me ask you a question, Buddy. One of the most interesting things you and I have talked about, and this has not only garnered some local press, but also some recent hand-waving by local politicians, is how data centers look," began Golding. "One of the things we have heard a lot about from our neighbors is about how these data centers actually look. Some of them are pretty spiffy – they’re architecturally interesting. And some of them, you could say that the architectural scheme is “industrial-case.” So, given that, where are you going in terms of data centers that are as nice to look at as they are technologically advanced?" "Well first of all I’d like to acknowledge Rich Miller, who published an article yesterday that was the best thing forwarded to me all week, and was about this," began…