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In this episode of the Hot Topics series I am joined by Nancy Lamb, Ed Cooke and Sarah Fox. We bring together the industry experts to discuss a solution to data centre procurement and commercial contracts.Nancy outlines the current challenges within the industry and her experience working closely with contractors and clients during the construction of major data centre facilities.  Nancy outlines the findings from a recent survey and the views of those working in the industry. Finally we discuss some solutions of how the industry can improve.Ed discusses the current contracts used within the industry with a particular focus on the benefits of using the alliancing model and why this would be a good model for the data centre industry to utilise going forward.Sarah demonstrates the benefits of using digital contracts and why the data centre industry needs to embrace this way of working. Sarah shatters the myth that digital contracts are simply an online form and outlines the significant benefits of using this technology.Finally we come up with a solution for how the industry can become a leader in the use of collaborative, streamlined, digital construction contracts. 
In this episode of the Hot Topics series I am joined by Todd Murren, General Manager at BlueBird Underground, a 6MW Bluebird Networks underground data center located in Missouri, US. The Bluebird Underground data center is located 85 feet underground in a disused mine. 100% of the critical systems are located underground and the facility is built to N+1 standards. They have recently undertaken a 10000 sqft extension to meet increased demand.Todd discusses the benefits and challenges of being located underground and why customers look to Bluebird Underground for network services.We also discuss why Bluebird chose an underground location, the geological and meteorological challenges offered by an underground location, the cooling benefits of being underground, and how the environment impacts on the data centers operation.Todd has extensive experience in the sector and he shares some great insight in to operating an underground data center. 
In this weeks episode I am joined by Mike Tobin OBE.  This episode includes swimming with sharks, boardroom bust-ups, getting shot at in South Africa, many important life lessons, and how you take a business from making a significant loss to a highly profitable multi billion pound data centre company! We discuss Mike's highly successful career which he has put down on paper in his book 'Lifting the Floor', how he achieved his success, and his views on the data centre industry.Mike had an eventful start to life which included being shot at in South Africa and living in a squat with his family in London. At the age of 16 Mike was accepted onto an apprenticeship scheme which was the start of a highly successful career in engineering and eventually within the data centre sector.We discuss how Mike became CEO of Redbus at a time when the company was in financial difficulty. Following some good fortune, many boardroom bust-ups and a lot of hard work Redbus became TeleCity and Mike took the business to a £2bn+ turnover company.  We also talk about luck, what makes a great leader, and the importance of building great teams and surrounding yourself with the best people. Mike is now involved in a non-exec capacity for many businesses across the world and he has an excellent view of the global data centre industry.  And if you make it to the end you will receive some excellent advice!
In the first episode of the Hot Topics series I speak with Jim Hart from Business Critical Solutions about the impact of Covid on the data centre industry.First we look back to a report conducted by Business Critical Solutions (BCS) at the start of the pandemic - 'New Normal, New Thinking'. We talk about what developers and service providers were thinking at this stage and how it was impacting on the growth plans of the sector.We then look at the latest report released by BCS - 'Covid, the lasting legacy'. We discuss how the pandemic has dramatically changed the landscape of the data centre industry and how it has resulted in a period of change and rapid growth. We also discuss how the industry has adapted and what lessons we have all learnt during the last 12 months.This is a whistle stop review of the last 12 months in the data centre industry! Check out the BCS report on this link - https://www.bcs.uk.com/data-centre-survey-covid-19-the-lasting-legacy/
In this episode I am joined by Afonso Salema, CEO of Start Campus. Afonso is leading the organisation building one of the largest data centre campuses in Europe, Sines 4.0.Afonso outlines how he has progressed his career and why he decided to enter the world of data centres. Afonso also shares his views on how the sector will develop over the coming years.We then discuss Start Campus and Sines 4.0. Afonso shares why he compares the Sines story to that of Ashburn Virginia, and why the location is such an important geography in global connectivity. Afonso provides an insight to the scale of Sines 4.0 and the impact the project has had on the local community.Finally we look to the future for Start Campus and also the data centre sector.Learn more about Start Campus here - https://www.startcampus.pt/ 
In this episode I am joined by James Murphy, Managing Director (APAC) at DC Byte. We discuss the DC Byte platform and take a look at the current activity across the APAC region.James outlines how he started his career and how he ended up in the data centre sector. James shares his views on why you don't need to be from a technical background to be successful in the data centre sector. We then discuss the DC Byte analytics platform and why it is an essential tool for anyone operating in the data centre sector.Finally we discuss the APAC region: Where is hot right now? How has the moratorium impacted Singapore? What regions should we keep an eye on over the next few years? James provides a great insight to the region.Check out DC Byte here - https://dcbyte.com/
In this episode I am joined by Braham Singh, CEO BDX Data Centers. Braham has had a highly successful career and is now leading BDX Data Centers, a leading Pan Asian hybrid, hyperscale and edge solutions provider.Braham shares how he started his career and how he has progressed to his current position. He also shares the main learnings across his career and some advice on how you can be successful in the world of data centres.We then discuss BDX and their current growth across the APAC region. Braham discusses why BDX do what they do and how they are expanding across new territories in Asia. He also discusses the importance of people to the business and how they help to enhance employee well being.Braham is an engaging leader with a highly successful track record in the data centre sector. 
In this episode I am joined by Adelle Desouza, Founder of HireHigher and Digital Marketing Manager at Macquarie Cloud Services.  Adelle is very passionate about the importance of diverse talent, specifically within the data centre sector.Adelle shares how she started her career by following in her fathers footsteps in to the data centre sector. Having entered the sector after graduation Adelle explains the challenges of starting a career in what is perceived as a highly technical sector.We then discuss HireHigher and why Adelle is so passionate about sharing the sector with young people and improving diversity in the sector. Adelle explains why diverse talent is so important and what we can all do to help attract more talent to the sector.Adelle is on a mission to create change and hopefully this episode will result in more people joining the revolution! 
In this episode I am joined by Jon Pettitt, Chief Commercial Officer at Excool. We discuss Jon's career and how Excool keep the coolest sector in the world cool.. Jon shares how he started his career and how he ended up working in the data centre sector. He discusses how the sector has changed and how customers demands are constantly evolving.We then discuss Excool and the services they offer to the data centre sector. Jon discusses the importance of cooling and how technology has changed the way we cool a data centre. He also outlines the importance of water in the cooling process and how we can minimise water usage within a data centre.Jon is very passionate about the data centre sector and offers a great insight to cooling and water usage. 
In this weeks episode I am joined by Mark Thiele, co-founder of Edgevana. Mark has had a highly successful career in data centers and technology. He shares his views on how blockchain and web3 will impact the data centre sector as well as providing an insight to Edgevana.Mark shares his career story and outlines how he was able to develop such a successful career. He provides an insight to how the sector has changed during his career and also his main learnings along the journey.We then discuss Edgevana and how they are impacting the data centre space. Mark outlines why decentralization is important, the impact web3 and blockchain will have on the sector, and how Edgevana are able to support rapid growth organisations. Finally we take a look at Edge and the Metaverse. Why are they important to the data centre space and what impact will they have?This episode is a great insight to the impact that new technology will have on the data centre sector.
In this episode I am joined by Tony Grayson, General Manager at Compass Quantum. We discuss Tony's career in the data centre sector and try to answer the all important question - what is Edge?Tony started his career as a submariner before making the transition to the data centre sector. Tony shares how his experience gained leading a submarine helped him to make the transition to the data centre sector.We then discuss 'Edge' - What does it actually mean? Why do we need Edge data centres? What challenges will they solve?. Tony offers his insight to 'Edge' and shares how Compass Quantum are helping to shape the future of Edge data centres.Finally Tony offers some excellent advice on how you can develop a successful career in the data centre sector.
In this episode I am joined by James Rix, Project Director & Global CoP Lead for Data Center at Arcadis. James shares a great insight to his career in the sector and also offers his views on a number of key topics.James started his career via an apprenticeship and found his way into the data centre sector in 2007. After a stint working in the APAC region James made his way back to the UK where he continued his career in the world of data centres.James shares an insight to Arcadis and their work in the data centre sector. He also offers his views on data centre location, sustainability, talent, and the future of the sector.This episode will make you think about what you are doing to help solve the challenges faces in the sector. Are we doing enough as individuals to solve the challenges?
In this episode I am joined by Lee Smith, a data center consultant based in Northern Virginia, US. We discuss Lee's extensive career in the data center sector and a number of key topics in the sector today.Lee started his career in data centres in South Africa before making the move to the US. Lee shares how he developed his career and how the sector has evolved.The people are what make the data centre sector such a great place to work and Lee outlines how people have been so important in his career. Lee also shares what it is like to live and work in 'Data Center Alley', how the African continent has evolved, and what we need to do to try and manage the ongoing talent challenge.Lee is very passionate about the data centre sector and he shares some excellent insights on working in the sector and how you can further develop your career.
In this episode I am joined by Andy Connor, Channel Director for EMEA at Subzero Engineering. Andy shares an insight to his career and a number of other discussion points within the data centre sector.Firstly Andy shares how he started his career and how he progressed to working in the data centre sector. Andy then shares his views on how the sector has changed across his career and the key learnings from his experience.Andy then discusses Subzero Engineering and how they are using a data driven approach to improving data centre efficiency. He also shares his experiences of taking a company from the US to EMEA and what advice he would share for others taking the same journey.We also cover a number of other topics, including Africa and the Middle East, sustainability, supply chain challenges, legacy data centres, and how the future of the sector may look.Andy offers a great insight to the sector and shares some excellent advice on how you can develop a career in the world of data centres.
In this episode I am joined by Rhonda Ascierto, VP Research at Uptime Institute. We take a detailed look at the recently launched https://datacenterpathfinder.com/ and discuss why it is so important to the data centre sector.Firstly we discuss how Rhonda started her career and how she made the transition to the data centre sector. We also touch on diversity and how important it is that we continue to focus on attracting a diverse workforce.Then we discuss the Data Center Career Pathfinder. Rhonda outlines exactly what the career pathfinder is, how the idea came about, why the partners were so keen to be involved, the importance of collaboration, and what needs to happen going forward to ensure everyone is aware of the career pathfinder.Rhonda shares some great advice on how we can improve our talent attraction strategies to ensure we attract a diverse workforce to the world of data centres.
In this episode I am joined by Paul Finch, Chief Operating Officer at Kao Data. Paul discusses his extensive career in the data centre sector and updates us on the latest news around the Kao Data platform.Firstly we cover Pauls career in the sector. Paul shares how he followed his fathers footsteps in to the world of construction and how he has progressed his career to his current role as COO of Kao Data. We then discuss Kao Data and the latest news around the UK based data centre platform, including the new facilities in Harlow and Slough (UK). Paul provides an update on the new developments, discusses how Kao Data set themselves apart from the competition, highlights the importance of trust, and also offers an insight to the future of the platform.We also cover some of the key topics in the sector today,  including energy efficiency and sustainability. Finally Paul offers some advice on how you could secure a role within the data centre sector.
In this episode I am joined by Richard Dent, Sector Lead at Data centre recruitment specialists DataX Connect. Richard shares an insight to recruiting in the APAC region and also offers his advice on how you can secure an opportunity in this ever expanding market.Richard shares how he started recruiting in the data centre sector and how his experience working in Hong Kong has benefited his understanding of the region.We then discuss the APAC region: Which regions are busy? Why are these regions busy? Where can we expect to see development in 2022? What skills are in demand? Finally we share some advice on how you can secure a new position in the data centre sector.
In this episode I am joined by Arun Shenoy, CMO & SVP Global Sales at Serverfarm. Arun has developed an excellent career in the data centre sector and he shares a great insight to how he was inspired to develop his career, and also offers his views on some key topics in the sector today.Arun shares what first inspired him in his school years and how he first entered the data centre sector.  He then shares an insight to how the sector has changed throughout his career.We then discuss Serverfarm and how the organisation is positioned within the data centre sector. Arun shares why they recently made the decision to enter the Israel region, why sustainability is so important to Serverfarm, and the plans for the future.Finally we discuss some key topics in the sector, including sustainability, talent and what the future looks like for the sector.
In this episode I am joined by Tony Day, an independent data centre consultant with an extensive career in the data centre sector. Tony discusses how the sector has transformed across his career.Tony outlines how he first started his career in the sector and how his career developed. Tony shares an insight to his learnings across his career and how changes in the sector impacted his career development.We then discuss some of the current projects Tony is working on which includes some cutting edge technological developments.Finally Tony shares his advice on how you can develop a successful career in the data centre sector.
In this episode I am joined by Adam Bradshaw, Commercial Director at ServerChoice based in the UK. Adam has extensive experience in the data centre sector and he shares a great insight to how the sector has changed and how it will continue to evolve in the future.Adam started his career as a technician before focussing on the sales and commercial aspects of the sector. He explains how he got the opportunity to work in the sector and his experiences of working for some of the first organisations to really make a mark in the data centre sector.We then discuss ServerChoice and how they are positioned in the UK market. Adam explains the benefits of being a specialist organisation and how changes in customer requirements have shaped the organisation. Finally we touch on how the sector has been impacted by situations such as Brexit and the war in Ukraine, as well as the global push to improve sustainability.Adam is very passionate about the sector and you will take a lot of value from this discussion.
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