Quick take

  • Aligned’s founder and CEO Jakob Carnemark joined a panel of five data center executives to talk about industry predictions for 2017.
  • The other executives were Robert McClary, Chief Operating Officer for FORTRUST; Dan Papes, Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing at Digital Realty; Rick Crutchley, Chief Operating Officer of IO; and Brian Kortendick, Vice President of Market Development for BASELAYER.
  • The Executive Roundtable discussed:
    • Where enterprise data will reside as the cloud continues its evolution toward a multi-cloud future
    • The best ways for service providers to provide renewable energy
    • How the growth of edge computing and the IoT will increase the need to deploy infrastructure in smaller chunks

This is a recap of a series of articles that first appeared on Data Center Frontier as part of the site’s Executive Roundtable: Data Center Trends to Watch in 2017

Aligned’s founder and CEO Jakob Carnemark joined a panel of five data center executives recently to share their thoughts on trends that will shape the data center industry in 2017.

The Data Center Frontier Executive Roundtable showcases the insights of thought leaders on the state of the data center industry, and where it is headed. In an earlier blog post, we summarized the overarching thoughts the executives had about 2017 trends. This blog post summarizes what they said about cloud, renewable energy, and modular data centers.

Aligned CEO Jakob Carnemark on the enterprise cloud

“The adoption of hybrid platforms will continue to increase as companies seek to balance cost efficiency and scale through the application lifecycle. The ability to drive seamless orchestration across platforms will be a critical need for businesses.”

“Aligned is focused on supporting next-generation capabilities such as application defined networks and advanced DCIM platforms so that our physical infrastructure – from the network to the data center – can be orchestrated by cloud and large enterprise clients.”

Learn more about how we deliver for cloud providers: A Cloud-like Data Center for Cloud Providers.

Jakob Carnemark on renewable energy

“More so than ever, the data center industry and large cloud players are focused on drastically curbing their data center water and energy use and moving to fully offset their carbon footprint with green power projects rather than just looking for carbon credits. Aligned is continually looking to create and help foster the adoption of new technologies.”

“For example, we recently partnered with Swedish-based Climeon to bring a new green technology to the U.S. More than 50% of the world’s energy is exhausted to the environment as low-grade heat (below 190 degrees F), effectively making waste heat a largely available but unused resource. We now offer a new heat-to-power system that generates 100% green electricity from this low-grade waste heat (think steam from your cup of coffee).”

Learn more about our partnership with Climeon: A Breakthrough in Carbon-Neutral Power Production from a Reusable, Available Source.

“Innovation is always an evolutionary process, and we must continue to identify new solutions and technologies that will create new green power sources for the benefit of the planet and each other.”

Learn more about how Aligned technology reduces data center energy consumption by up to 80% and reduces data center water consumption by up to 85.

Jakob Carnemark on the modular data center

“Modular solutions continue to evolve. We seek to deliver the data center as a utility. We believe the right goal of modularity is to deliver the lowest cost of a kWh of compute power on a utilized basis on demand. Many current approaches to modularity actually dramatically increase stranded capacity and thus cost. The key here is the result, not the approach.”