Interview Raymond Steenvoorden, Business Liaison Manager EMEA at ICTroom "The Edge technology and IoT developments forces datacenters to completely rethink the way capacity is managed and distributed."
What are you most eager to share with attendees at KickStart Europe and to learn from the speakers?
I’m really excited about seeing Edge technology and IoT rapidly advancing in the datacenter landscape. This development forces datacenters to completely rethink the way capacity is managed and distributed. A big part of the infrastructure will need to be designed for remote locations and limited real estate space. ICTroom has developed its vision on this trend and of course I’m anxious to share this with the attendees. Looking at the list of very interesting speakers I’m curious to learn how organizations like Akamai and CBRE deal with these developments.
What future trends are you expected to see in 2019?
Gartner predicts that by 2022, more than 50% of enterprise-generated data will be created and processed outside the datacenter or cloud. Without a doubt, Edge/IoT/5G will play their role and have an even bigger impact on how we will design, build and operate datacenter infrastructures than we can foresee now. We’ll see that smaller, more distributed datacenters will be the standard in the years to come. In no way will requirements remain static, so flexibility, speed of deployment and scalability are key.
How do you prepare for these new developments?
Needless to say that ICTroom is continuously aligning its portfolio with market developments. In order to do so, we are looking at various partnership possibilities to be able to form ecosystems who will support suppliers of various IoT solutions in their offerings to the end-user customer. If the rise of IoT solutions have taught us anything today, is that no one can do this alone. The proof of the pudding will be about creating interconnected ecosystems, from operator to OEM, content provider and roll out partner, the chain will be as strong as the weakest link.
What is the biggest challenge for your industry, looking at the future?
Keeping up the pace with providing the capacity that needs to be deployed for IoT/Edge/5G applications and the infrastructure to support those, will be a genuine stress test for the industry. It will require a firm control over vendor coordination and supply chain management. Next to sufficient capacity, the quality of installation and integration will after all need to be on point. The industry must be prepared for the fact that customers will continuously strive for increased performance and efficiency at lower costs.