By GARTNERcontent marketing chief Andy Bains, an investor in a California startup, says he’s optimistic about the growth of the next generation of data centers, which could revolutionize the way businesses operate.
“I believe this is the tipping point,” Bains told Bloomberg.
“The question is, how will the companies with the highest density of data-center infrastructure adapt to it?
How will they integrate it into their existing systems and how do they make it sustainable?”
We’ll be able to keep going for another 20 years, but the way it’s going is going to be really challenging. “
We’ve been doing it for decades and there’s always a bit of a plateau.
We’ll be able to keep going for another 20 years, but the way it’s going is going to be really challenging.
This is a really exciting time to be a part of.”
Bains says he has already bought three data centers in California and plans to build a fourth data center, a site near San Francisco.
A data center is a large room where workers work and data is stored.
A new one could have about 40,000 square feet and be 10 times denser than today’s existing facilities, which can only hold about 4,000 people.
Bains said the company expects to have a new data center in the works within the next six months.
It’s not just the companies that will be changing.
A growing number of businesses and industries are turning to new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, to improve their performance.
Bains said he sees data centers as a way for businesses to save money and boost productivity.
He noted that a typical company that has 1,000 employees could be doing well if it spent $20 million on a data center.
He said it would cost $2 million to build and could be worth $3 million if it was a 100 percent renewable energy facility.
“There are a lot of different technologies that we can use to get better performance at the data center and improve productivity,” he said.
Buses company, Blue Planet Energy, has already built two new data centers and is looking to expand to other locations.
Bodes own company, Cloud Solutions, also has data centers that it has leased.
It currently has 20 data centers on a 2.8-acre site in California.