Originally posted to Data Center POST

Amid evolving IT use cases and digital requirements, change has been a constant force for enterprises and end users alike. While recent events have impacted all differently, the virtual world has become a mainstay of any and all facets of life for businesses and communities. As a result, the IT and telecommunications sphere has been experiencing an all-encompassing push to deliver enhanced capability. Networks and data centers are at the core of communications, of learning, of business initiatives and empowerment and of day-to-day operational tasks, so having a robust, diverse infrastructure in place is now the key to maintaining success and growth.

Jeff Wabik, Chief Strategy and Connectivity Officer for DC BLOX, and Tom Brown, President and CEO of DataGryd, recently took part in a Bisnow Network Design Series webinar alongside other esteemed industry peers from Schneider Electric and Uber to discuss this transformation and what it means for data centers. As part of two data center providers delivering mission-critical capabilities in the Southeastern U.S. and New York City respectively, these individuals both have keen insight into the demands, drivers and changes that have been occurring across IT infrastructure over the last few months and years.

To begin the panel, moderator Joe Reele, Vice President of Datacenter Solution Architects at Schneider Electric, notes that now, digitization, globalization, mobilization and more all need to come together in an efficient and powerful way. In the face of a digital surge, service providers must innovate to keep pace with new applications and opportunities. To support this, colocation capabilities in carrier-dense, cloud-connected facilities with ample space and power is key to getting the low latency and distributed networking for today and tomorrow. In essence, location, network optimization and cloud access matter. As Jeff states, “We really think that DC BLOX and organizations like us are the intersection of remote humanism, because there are a couple of absolutes in the world — [one of which is phones], which we all depend on for mobility, creating the demand for more.

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