The Perfect Data Center: An Interview with JLL’s CTO Joseph Ryan

CHICAGO, Illinois – What does the perfect data center look like? Joseph Ryan, Chief Technology Officer for the Americas at JLL, provided CAPRE with some insights on what his firm likes (and dislikes) to see in any data center. The bottom line? The more bells and whistles, the better, but there are many ways to hit that sweet spot. Ryan says he looks at a number of different things in different categories. Starting with the facility itself, “Location is important. For most large firms, if you’re going to own a lot of data centers, you’re going to need a lot of geography.” Location is important on a large- and small- scale though. “A lot of data centers tend to be located near airports, but you don’t want them too close, so that you’re in a flight path,” he says. Connectivity and density are important, as well. According to Ryan, multi-carrier data centers definitely have an advantage over those that are single-carrier (or those that utilize more limited carriers). “Having the best connectivity options is incredibly important,” says Ryan. Ryan also says that the denser the better – it helps with their price points. However, Ryan doesn’t shy away from emphasizing the importance of physical attributes. “Look at the typical chain link fencing,” he says. “Some newer ones have privacy screens or even private rooms, which are more desirable than just a chain-link fence.” Then there’s the facility itself, especially when…