January is often a time to look toward a new year and perhaps find ways to improve from the one prior. It’s also a time for people to forecast what might happen in the near year, whether it’s a new sports team rising to the top, warmer weather or new political trends.

The data center industry is constantly changing, and I’m positive 2017 will be no different. The Internet of Things (IoT) and business intelligence will most likely continue to be hot topics along with advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and edge infrastructures. More and more companies will utilize cloud technology while looking for ways to cost-effectively optimize their current infrastructure.

I have the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion in Ashburn, Virginia at the Washington, D.C. & Mid-Atlantic Data Center Summit: Year-in-Review & 2017 Forecast hosted by CapRate on January 26. The conference will focus on the national data center outlook for 2017, especially those facilities in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Scheduled from 1:30-2:15 p.m. and moderated by Rich Miller, the founder and editor of Data Center Frontier, the panel in which I’ll be taking part will discuss “Beyond the Horizon: What are the Emerging Trends Driving Data Center Demand?” We’ll examine the ramifications of AI for data centers, how the largest cloud players are creating machine learning as a service and ways the proliferation of edge demand is playing into the supply side strategy. In addition, we’ll debate how the continuing rise of IoT will play into that supply side strategy over the next year or two. The proliferation of data, growing demands for sophisticated IT infrastructure management, and evolution of data centers will spell great opportunity for forward-thinking organizations.  On the other hand, some long-standing data center operations may become outdated and lose their appeal.  We will share insights and perspectives on what may be the impact of these factors on data center hosting.

If you want more information on how to best to utilize a hybrid approach to enhance your IT infrastructure, please take  a minute to read through our executive brief, “Optimizing for Innovation: How Hybrid IT Outsourcing Shifts IT Focus to Innovation.”

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