August 10, 2017

Aligned CEO Andrew Schaap talks to Data Center Frontier about security, mergers, innovation, and adapting to a multi-cloud world.

Quick take

  • Aligned CEO Andrew Schaap joined a panel of four data center executives to talk about the state of the data center industry.
  • The executives explored four topics: data center uptime, industry consolidation, innovation, and adapting to a multi-cloud world.

This is a recap of several articles that first appeared on Data Center Frontier, Executive Roundtable: The State of the Data Center.

Aligned CEO Andrew Schaap joined a panel of four data center executives recently to share his thoughts on the state of the data center industry and where it is headed. He explored four topics:

  • Lessons learned from the outage at British Airways – and how to maximize uptime
  • How the industry is being affected by robust M&A activity
  • Opportunities for innovation in electrical infrastructure
  • How the data center industry can adapt to an increasingly multi-cloud world

Aligned CEO Andrew Schaap on the state of the industry

On meeting today’s needs – and tomorrow’s: “Cloud, colocation, or on premise, the data center is the factory of the digital age. Success requires a data center partner who can deliver space, cooling, power and network capacity nimbly and quickly and has a strategic vision for how to meet the capacity needs of tomorrow.”

“Cloud, colocation, or on premise, the data center is the factory of the digital age.” – Click to Tweet

On maximizing uptime: “It has been widely reported how much data center outages cost businesses not just in capital losses, but also to reputation and brand over the long-term. To help avoid these critical disruptions it’s important for company leadership to take an in-depth look at their existing technology systems – both hardware and software – and consider updating those systems to meet the demands of today’s ever-evolving digital world.”

“Data center outages cost businesses not just in capital losses, but also to reputation and brand over the long-term.” –Click to Tweet

The impact of mergers and acquisitions in 2017: “The consolidation is likely to continue because management has to search smaller and untapped markets that are under-served … One of the reasons I joined Aligned, which is a privately-held company, is because we have the ability to say ‘yes’ to more opportunities whereas the publicly-traded companies have a more difficult time getting decisions approved and look to acquire in order to expand into new territories.”

“One of the reasons I joined Aligned is because we have the ability to say ‘yes’ to more opportunities.” – Click to Tweet

Whether there’s room for innovation in data center electrical infrastructure: “There is always room for innovation, especially in data center power, because innovation is all about efficiency. It’s an important initiative for our industry collectively to come together and identify new solutions to help make data centers more energy efficient.”

“There is always room for innovation, especially in data center power, because innovation is all about efficiency.” – Click to Tweet

Strategies to address multi-cloud deployments: “I would argue that it’s fast-becoming a hybrid-cloud world because many companies are dealing with multiple clouds, data sources and vendors. While businesses continue to think about their scalability, it’s important for their data center provider to be able to future-proof their site selection criteria; meaning not just plan for their density needs today, but for future growth.”

“It’s fast-becoming a hybrid-cloud world because many companies are dealing with multiple clouds, data sources and vendors.” – Click to Tweet

Highlights from other panelists

“The most exciting and attractive innovations in energy management are the ones that utilize the existing assets of the data center to intelligently reduce cost,” said Shay Demmons, EVP and General Manager of RunSmart.

On M&As in the industry, Robert McClary, Chief Operating Officer of FORTRUST, said, “Some of the factors that are driving this are the Internet of Things and the need for more data center capacity globally, and I think edge computing is pushing a higher quantity of data centers that will be located randomly next to population areas.”

Bob Woolley, Vice President of Critical Facilities Engineering and Design at RagingWire Data Centers, said, “In this new hybrid world, data center providers need to make it as easy to connect to multiple clouds as it is to connect to multiple telecommunications networks.”

To read more on the state of the data center industry from Andrew Schaap and the others, check out Executive Roundtable: The State of Executive Roundtable: The State of the Data Center.