How Investment Powers the Global Growth of the Cloud

Jan. 26, 2023
On the DCF Show, we chat with Steve Lim of NTT Global Data Centers, who has had a front row seat for the company's enormous growth, and shares his take on some of the trends and markets driving NTT's data center journey (and his own).

One of the trends we've been following at Data Center Frontier is the impact of large global investors on the growth of the data center industry. This surge of investment has brought greater scale to data centers and has helped the industry expand its footprint around the world. One of the most prominent growth stories is NTT Global Data Centers, which has evolved into the world's third-largest data center operator and is in a building boom in major markets across the United States.

On this week’s Data Center Frontier Show, we chat with Steve Lim, the Senior VP of Marketing for NTT Global Data Centers, who has had a front row seat for the company's enormous growth, and shares his take on some of the trends and markets playing a role in NTT's data center journey (as well as his own). Here's our conversation:

Listen to today’s show:

Here’s a timeline of topics Steve and Rich discuss on the podcast:

  • 1:45 – NTT's progress in the U.S., from RagingWire to GDCA. 
  • 5:15 – How a capital partner like NTT can bring new scale to an operating platform.
  • 9:00  Northern Virginia: Demand continues in a region facing land and power constraints.  
  • 14:00  How data center sub-markets develop, including the role of availability zones.
  • 16:25 – Why community relations matter for data center companies.
  • 21:00  -- Base isolation: Seismic risk and NTT's growth strategy in Santa Clara.  
  • 26:20 -- Why Hillsboro is the new hotness in the hyperscale sector. 
  •  32:15 -- Steve shares his Data Center Journey.

Here's a link to the recent DCF video series profiling NTT Global Data Centers and its growth story.

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This episode of the Data Center Frontier Show is supported by NTT Global Data Centers Americas.

About the Author

Rich Miller

I write about the places where the Internet lives, telling the story of data centers and the people who build them. I founded Data Center Knowledge, the data center industry's leading news site. Now I'm exploring the future of cloud computing at Data Center Frontier.

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