Expect More Money to Pour into Digital Infrastructure From Many Sectors and Locations | Up-Close with John Sheputis at CAPRE’s Great Northwest Cloud Summit

John Sheputis is Managing Director at GI Partners and a frequent contributor to CAPRE Digital Infrastructure Summits. At CAPRE's recent Great Northwest Cloud Summit in Seattle, Sheputis participated in a Q&A about his latest activity and perspective on the data center industry. His remarks are below. Klebash: Tell us about your latest position at GI Partners. Sheputis: GI Partners is a long-standing private equity group based in San Francisco. It was the original equity behind Digital Realty. It was the original investor in IBM SoftLayer. The original investor in Telex. They’ve been on the right side of a bunch of a trades with a fairly big portfolio of single-tenant data centers, as well as a couple of multi-tenant data centers. We have many groups but mine is the real estate group. Klebash: We’re hearing the phrase "data center" used less and less and hearing the phrase “digital infrastructure” more and more. Are we shifting away from the data center and aiming to be more inclusive of all of these types of products? Sheputis: I think that investments in infrastructure has been going on for a long time, but it’s not being called out because it’s bigger. It all comes down to how the money fits into it. We’re late in a global economic expansion. In Europe and Asia, it’s slow and in the U.S., it’s a little muted. The growth rates for all of the things that matter to this…