Transformative Technology: How are Blockchain and Cloud On-Ramps Changing the Game?

ATLANTA, GA — In the infancy of the data center space, deals were 1-2 megawatts. But with the advocacy of hyperscale and the Cloud, deals have become larger and more complex. So CAPRE’s Fourth Annual Data Center & Cloud Infrastructure Summit dove into the who, what, why and where with the panel “State of Multi-Tenant Data Center Leasing: Best Practices for Brokers, Marketers, and Attorneys as Deals Grow in Size and Complexity.” Halfway through the panel, Moderator Brian Klebash, Founder and CEO of CAPRE, asked his panelists about another variable in the data center equation – specifically, how will the “pivot to blockchain” affect the day to day operations of data centers? First to response was Michael Shaw, who leads up the Wholesale Data Center Solutions team at GIGA Data Centers. “I’ll go off the table and I’m going to project that blockchain is could potentially disrupt the data center space by creating a need for Tier II facilities,” he replied. “ Blockchain can operate in an environment that is less redundant, hotter, with high humidity, and it’s more disposable.” “That means that the equipment that you’re using to run the blockchain application, you can run it hotter, then you would typically replace it in 1 year,” continued Shaw. “Salesforce recently announced that they’re pivoting to blockchain, Visa has also announced a pivot to blockchain, and a large commercial airline is working toward being 90% blockchain by the end of…