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The Independent Data Center Alliance presented a LIVE webinar, “How Data Center Design Requirements are Beginning to Shift with New Standards Set by Data Center Providers,” on November 17th, 2021. Founder of IND-DCA and CEO of DataGryd, Tom Brown, Stephen Scott of Datalec Precision Installations and Steve MacDiarmid of FNT Software discussed the evolving data center market and shared their expert insight on data center design, management and new technologies that address the shifts that the data center industry is undergoing. 

Stephen Scott, CEO of Datalec Precision Installations starts off the discussion with the idea that for the first time in years, data center owners and operators can contemplate data center design and how data centers will deliver services. Stephen explains the enormous growth in demand and servicing in data center space and that growth will continue to double within the next couple of years. Stephen continues to discuss the resource availability needed to allow companies like Datalec Precision Installations to build and operate these high demanded data centers. Datalec Precision Installations focuses on finding a better way to build, a better place to build and a better way to power the data center while incorporating all the proper design requirements.

Steve MacDiarmid, Executive Managing Director of FNT Software, takes a look into the facility management, software and cabling side of data center design. Steve explains the shift that data center providers have made from “commercial off the shelf” software to fully customized design for an entire data center. Steve continued to present a few of the trends that FNT Software currently encounters in the data center space including artificial intelligence and IoT and pushing into edge computing. From 5G rollout fiber to the work-from-home business from high density computing, all of these factors increase the demand for high functioning data centers requiring fiber documentation. With the high demand of remote work, specifically in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, FNT Software specialized in robotics to replace manual labor and to optimize data centers to their full potential while managing remotely. 

The panelists discuss that the data center industry is experiencing very sophisticated buyers who manage their data center acquisition decisions on important factors including power usage, cooling usage and data center space requirements. Sustainability and energy efficiency are also major concerns when it comes to current data center design and specifications. Data consumption, emerging technologies and the acceleration to the cloud are other factors that data center providers put pressure on when it comes to data center design. Customers today are more informed than ever and it is crucial that data center providers deliver the requirements to remain competitive in today’s market. Tom, Stephen and Steve had a great discussion on the shift from traditional data centers to today’s modern, dynamic data center facilities and how their companies adapt their solutions to address the demands they see in the data center world. To learn more about the shifts in data center design from DataGryd, Datalec Precision Installations and FNT Software, please watch the full webinar here

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The Independent Data Center Alliance welcomes all to join the IND-DCA and its members for more collaborative opportunities within the data center community including webinars, podcasts, and interviews. IND-DCA Founding Members include:  Bluebird Network, a communications infrastructure provider and data center operator; DataGryd, a data center company that meets the ever-increasing demand for data processing and data storage centers in New York’s urban market; iMiller Public Relations, an industry leading global Public Relations strategy firm for the communications infrastructure & technology industries; and maincubes, a data center operator and an expert in colocation and digitization. Further benefiting the IND-DCA are 2021 Members: NYI, a trusted infrastructure partner to clients across a range of industries offering a comprehensive set of hybrid solutions across cloud, multi-cloud, colocation and managed services; Salute Mission Critical, a global data center services company that delivers a new operating model that is agile, resilient and scalable; and TSP, an award-winning and customer-endorsed technology solutions company.