Powering the Gen 4 Data Center

Some of you have heard me talk about the data center generations: Gen 1 – Mainframe, Gen 2 – Client/Server, Gen 3 – Cloud.  I feel we are on the cusp of the next generation of data centers driven by the next wave of technology, as the iPhone did with the Cloud generation.  It is driven by distributed computing, edge intelligence (and the need for improved resilience), and real world real time data processing (like we will need for self driving cars).  Everything connected, always on, peer-to-peer.

Over my many meetings with data center professionals around the globe I hear a consistent drum beat: save me money, save me space, make it easier to operate, make it faster and simpler to deploy. You want to get maximum use out of your resources.You used to talk operational metrics, but now you want to take it to a whole new level. You understand the strategic relationship between power density, facility footprint, capex, opex, efficiency and performance. You want it all, and you want it with speed and quality.

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