The Difference Between Success and Wild Success in a Data Center? “Know Your Workloads” Says Google’s Daniel Golding

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. As the session kicked off, Golding offered a brief look behind the curtain of his employer. “Google has a truly massive network infrastructure. That network infrastructure is incredibly important in terms of our ability to support our users, support our partners, and support our data centers,” Golding began. “We have lots and lots of different kinds of data centers, PoPs [points of presence], edge locations, sub-sea cable investments, Cloud zones, you name it. I think we were doing Edge before anyone thought it was cool. We’ve made a major investment in the past couple of years in data center infrastructure, sub-sea cables, the network, and new CDN nodes.” At that point, Rizer kicked off the back-and-forth by choosing a direction and running headfirst. “I think I’d like to start with the demand,” he suggested. “Allen Tucker always does a tremendous job cataloging that demand, but I think that here’s a chance that I’m seeing underlying demand for Loudoun County and Northern Virginia that maybe hasn’t been…