StrategITcom’s Carrie Goetz Preview CAPRE’s 2020 Digital Infrastructure Outlook: “We’re About to Hit a New Point of Accountability in Compute”

CAPRE: Thanks for chatting with us today, Carrie. Talk to us about your unique perspective on the mission critical space. Goetz: I’ve been in the industry for over 35 years, in one form or another. I have done everything you can imagine in a data center from design, to managing, commissioning and decommissioning them, to teaching about them, all over the globe. I’ve seen some of the coolest data centers out there. Because I’ve worked in networking, programming, facilities, cabling, IT, etc., my unique vantage point is that I really understand how the whole ecosystem works together, and the cause and impact of IT to facilities and vice versa. CAPRE: So what is the takeaway here? Goetz: Data centers have to be treated like ecosystems. Silos are one of the biggest things that hurt us as an industry. From a compute standpoint, many just expect power, networking and the like to be available, but don’t always truly examine their impact on facilities services. The “everything needs to be redundant” era is dwindling. I think we’re about to hit a new point of accountability in compute. CAPRE: Tell us more about that. Goetz: The companies that foster those silos, are going to have a harder time than the companies that are taking an active approach in working with it as an entire ecosystem. Some companies do a great job of this, but some just let a colo manage the power and…