Which Parts of Florida Appeal to Southeast Data Center Providers? MegaPort’s Peter Brechtel Talks the Sunshine State at Southeast Data Center Summit

NORTH CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA — Any burgeoning data center market has to have the potential for a highly connected core, and the Carolinas are no different. At CapRE’s 2018 Southeast Data Center Summit Spring Update, we concluded the summit with a panel discussion titled Connectivity Innovations & Edge Data Center Growth in Carolina Markets: Analysis of the Advent of 5G, Dark Fiber Installation and Evolution of the Next Generation, which included a brief Q&A with Rick Williams, the Head of Strategic Business Development for DC BLOX. Below, Founder & CEO of CapRE Brian Klebash asked each panelist about their expectations and plans for the next year. 

Klebash: Rick, what are you most excited about for the next 12 months?

Williams: Mobile network operators and their 5G deployments, and their C-RAN deployments. These are a huge opportunity. Autonomous cars as a huge opportunity, but I think that’s more longer term. I think that you’ll see several carriers start to concentrate on the Southeast, where they haven’t before. As a result of more of the business starting to come here. Whether it be Nashville, which is growing at a record pace, or Raleigh or Charlotte, which have been growing at a record pace for the last 15 years, at some point, those migration patterns start to take a toll on the networks.

And that means that they have to do something about it, and that means deploying in markets that they’re not perfect for today. So I think that’s the immediate opportunity. And then I’ll add to that, where content meets eyeballs.

Klebash: Peter, how about you, thoughts on the next twelve months?

Peter Brechtel, Ecosystem Director, Partner and Alliances at Megaport, Inc.

Brechtel: We follow where our data center partners tell us where to go. We’re looking right now at Raleigh, Charlotte and Jacksonville – those three. If you wanted to go further South, then Tampa but right now our closest deployment to the Southeast of the Carolinas is Atlanta. I do expect that to change as these enterprises and service providers continue to drive and consume and implement this hybrid cloud architecture. I don’t see that stopping, especially since you’ve got autonomous vehicles, AI, and a lot of next-generation stuff that is going to need to be out on the Edge from a private cloud perspective. So I’m looking forward to it.

Klebash: Would you want to touch on the Florida market at all? I know you touched on Jacksonville, we’ve been told that Jacksonville is part of the [Southeast] market, but not the rest of Florida.

Brechtel: Yeah, sure. We are in Miami today. We’re probably going to be deploying in Tampa. And Jacksonsville, like I said, is definitely on our radar. We haven’t looked at anything in the panhandle of Florida. And we don’t have any demand yet in Orlando. So I think that it’s going to be Tampa, Miami, and Jacksonville so far. But again, we can deploy in sixty days. So it’s very easy for us to deploy into a data center. And so I think that we are going to wait and see, and see what happens. If there is demand there, we are definitely going to deploy.

data center summitCheck out other CapRE Insider Reports covering this discussion between Brechtel and co-panelist Rick Williams, DC BLOX: