DCF Show: Bill Kleyman on the State of the Data Center 2023

May 4, 2023
On the DCF Show, Rich Miller and guest Bill Kleyman dig into the hot trends (nuclear power, rack density, AI)  as well as the big challenges facing the data center industry. Two guys who love to talk about data centers.

On this week’s Data Center Frontier Show, we chat with Bill Kleyman, a long-time contributor to Data Center Frontier and one of the keynote speakers at the upcoming Data Center World 2023, where he will share insights from the AFCOM State of the Data Center 2023 industry survey. Bill and I dive deep into all the hot topics - including the rise of AI, rising rack density, the cloud  capacity crunch and supply chain and nuclear-powered data centers.     

This was a really fun and interesting discussion. Here's our conversation.

Listen to today’s show:

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

  • 1:45 – State of the Data Center: Key trends in Bill's keynote summarizing the AFCOM survey. 
  • 9:45 – Trends in rack density and cooling: Will data centers look more like HPC?    
  • 17:00  Nuclear-powered data centers: Why we're hearing more about this, and the prospects for small modular reactors.  
  • 22:15  Bill and Rich talk supply chain, and the ripple effects on data center delivery. 
  • 26:00 – The NIMBY Problem: Why community relations matters for data center companies.
  • 29:15  -- Is there a data center shortage on the horizon.  
  • 31:00 -- On the front lines of the AI Boom. Bill's work with Neu.ro. "This is an absolutely critical point for our industry."
  • 37:00 -- AI "hallucinations" and reliability. How do we assess societal impact?
  • 43:00 - How might AI address automation and staffing challenges in the data center industry?
  • 49:15 - The shape of the hybrid cloud: Bill's take on the balance between cloud, colo and on-premises data centers.

Here's a link to recent DCF stories on the topics we discussed, as well as our previous podcast and coverage of Bill's DCW keynotes. 

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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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