As technological advancements continue to develop, enterprises looking to remain on the cutting edge are seeking help from progressive data centers to achieve successful digital transformation. To keep pace with these rapidly evolving demands, colocation facility owners and operators must employ the most modern infrastructure technology and operational practices currently available to satisfy their customers.
Hosted last week at QTS’ expansive facility in Piscataway, New Jersey, Bisnow’s inaugural New Jersey Data Center Event provided an exceptional platform for education and networking among thought-leaders from throughout the hosting industry. In addition, attendees had the opportunity to explore the QTS facility with an exclusive tour encompassing everything from cable systems and rack space to generators and solar panels.
During the conference, I had the opportunity to hear from the industry’s best and brightest about a wide range of topics spanning IoT and Big Data analytics to facility design trends and operational technologies. The panel sessions, in particular, offered a wealth of information regarding the evolution of the data center industry as well as the ways in which today’s colocation providers are adapting their facilities to meet customer expectations.
During the leadership panel, “The State of the Regional and National Data Center Market,” executives from Digital Realty, QTS, Cyxtera Technologies and Keystone NAP discussed regional hotbeds for data center growth and innovation throughout the United States, including Ashburn, Phoenix, Dallas and Chicago, as well as how the growth of healthcare and financial industries are influencing today’s facilities. In addition, during the panel, “From Infrastructure to Cloud Deployment: Bridging the Gap,” professionals from DPT Construction, Digital Realty and CyrusOne explored strategies implemented by hyperscale facilities to help customers achieve agile and responsive cloud services. In order for data center owners and operators to meet the demands of today’s market, executives from both sessions agree that hybrid cloud enablement will be a key factor to the success of colocation facilities.
The day also presented an opportunity to tour QTS Piscataway and experience the inner workings of a progressive data center first-hand. During the tour, we explored expansive colocation suites while learning about the cutting-edge technologies that power, cool and maintain high-level security throughout the facility.