Interview with Craig Lechene, President at RoviSys - "We see continued interest in technologies that are both open protocol and open integration"
What are you most eager to share with attendees at KickStart Europe and to learn from the speakers?
Growth within the datacenter industry seems to be one of two extremes. On one side is edge computing which emphasizes small, often modular designs. The other extreme are hyper-scale operators who build new capacity 100-200 MW at a time. Construction and operation of these large facilities are very similar to the manufacturing and process plants RoviSys has been automating for 30 years.
We are eager to share technology and project execution insights that have proven valuable to our customers in the hyper-scale community. In exchange, we hope to learn more about the needs and concerns of the edge-computing market. We are also very interested to hear how geo-political policies such as GDPR might influence the local market.
What future trends are you expected to see in 2019?
Within the specialty of automation and controls, we see continued interest in technologies that are both open protocol and open integration. Open Protocol means that one brand of device can exchange data with devices from other manufacturers. Open Integration products have the added distinction of being supported by multiple service providers within a geographical area. Technical solutions that are both Open Protocol and Open Integration simplify the operations and maintenance of large distributed datacenters. They also prevent edge installations from being orphaned from the owner’s monitoring and energy management strategies.
How do you prepare for these new developments?
RoviSys is an independent control system integrator. We prepare for the needs of a growing datacenter industry by building teams of datacenter experts who can deploy many different technical solutions. We are also investing heavily in project execution best practices and safety programs that address needs of the construction community.
What is the biggest challenge for your industry, looking at the future?
Cyber Security, specifically as it relates to facility systems such as BMS controls, is a serious consideration. It is important that datacenter facilities become as robust as other critical infrastructure (power plants, water plants, transportation, etc..).