What Will Scale First? 5G or Micro Data Centers?

LOS ANGELES, CA — CapRE’s Seventh Annual Southwest Data Center Summit: The Telecom Evolution featured a deep dive into the Edge. Life on The Edge: The Advent of 5G, Micro Data Centers & Evolution of the Next Generation was a close-up interview with two leading industry insiders, moderated by a fellow insider. Below we highlight one of the topics that the panel blew wide open – 5G & what kind of strategies or platforms will win make the most of that disruptive technology. “A lot of times people use 5G and the Edge synonymously. But I’m of the opinion that we’re going to have so many sources of data coming that we’re going to need 5G, we’re going to need traditional wire lines, we’re going to need on-premise and wired buildings,” began Moderator Luke Denmon, Senior Vice President of the Technology Solutions Practice at Colliers International. “So just looking at the tea leaves, what do you think scales first? Do you think the model for DartPoints model will happen before we see 5G? Will they cancel out each other?” First to respond was Greg Stover, Director at Vertiv. “Boy if I had that crystal ball, I’d be buying shares right now,” he chuckled. “But if you look at DartPoints, or if you look at the Edge, there is a lot of entrepreneurial data centers out there building micro data centers – three cabinets or ten cabinets. We’re getting quote requests…