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The Data Center Frontier Show

Oct 17, 2022

On this week's Data Center Frontier Show, we talk site selection with Ernest Popescu, the Vice President for Global Site Development for Iron Mountain Data Centers. All around the globe, data center operators are facing challenges in finding enough land, power and water to support the rapid growth of cloud computing. As campuses become MegaCampuses, finding suitable real estate is becoming difficult. That's why site selection has become one of the most important skillsets in the data center business.

Popescu has lengthy experience in hyperscale site development and capacity planning for Amazon Web Services and Facebook, but saw a unique opportunity in the growth of Iron Mountain Data Centers, which has been winning both enterprise and cloud deals. Popescu is also intrigued by the potential for tapping Iron Mountain's global real estate footprint of more than 1,400 document storage locations to support edge computing.

Here's a timeline of topics DCF Editor Rich Miller and Ernest discuss on the podcast:

  • 1:00 - Ernest's Data Center Journey.
  • 2:45 - Why data center capacity planning is difficult. "The past isn't necessarily a good indicator of the future," says Ernest.
  • 5:30 - After working so much with hyperscalers, why Iron Mountain?
  • 10:00 - Why site selection is such a hot topic in 2022.
  • 12:45 - How about faster networks? Do they change any of the methodology around site selection.
  • 16:00 - Edge computing, and why this is an opportunity for Iron Mountain.
  • 23:00 - What Ernest likes best about this job.