AI-Ready Data Centers: The Future is Flexible

Dec. 14, 2023
Join Aligned Data Centers’ Eric Jacobs, Chief Commercial Officer, and Michael Welch, VP, Design & Procurement, as well as Applied Digital’s Chairman and CEO, Wes Cummins for an hour-long webinar on the growth of AI and its projected impact on the data center sector.

Date:  December 14, 2023  
Time: 3:00 PM EST / 2:00 PM CST / 12:00 PM PST / 8:00 PM GMT
Aligned Data Centers
 1 Hour

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The proliferation of Artificial Intelligence is projected to have a significant impact on our culture, computing, economy, and the course of history.

The generative AI segment, for example, will grow to $1.3 trillion over the next 10 years from a market size of just $40 billion in 2022, according to Bloomberg Intelligence (BI). Its growth is largely driven by an increase in the use of deep learning (DL) training and machine learning (ML) inference models across an expanding range of business and consumer applications.

The propagation of AI and other next generation applications will change how the data center sector operates for the foreseeable future. Faster, hotter chips, larger servers, cluster networks, storage, and rising densities will push the limits of legacy data center infrastructure and designs.

There’s a general belief that supporting next-generation workloads will require immense capital investment and complete architectural overhaul across the data center landscape. The team at Aligned is taking a slightly difference approach: stay ahead of product innovation and make agility innate in your design. The future is all about flexible design.

Join Data Center Frontier’s Editor in Chief Matt Vincent for an hour-long webinar on Thursday, December 14 at 3 p.m. ET, when Matt will discuss what it takes to support the growth of AI, HPC, and other next-generation workloads from a data center infrastructure perspective with Aligned Data Centers’ Eric Jacobs, Chief Commercial Officer, and Michael Welch, VP, Design & Procurement, as well as Applied Digital’s Chairman and CEO, Wes Cummins.

During the webinar, they will explore the growth of AI and its projected impact on the data center sector. They’ll also discuss the importance of a flexible design, rising data center densities and the air- and liquid-based technologies required to cool them, and remaining at the forefront of new product innovations from chip and server manufacturers, as well as end-users.

During the webinar, attendees will also get a firsthand look into the data center infrastructure needs of a GPU provider. Explore the pathway to supporting the next generation of ultra-high-density workloads through innovative cooling and flexible design.  There will be a live question and answer session during the event.

Don’t miss this live webinar and discussion on Thursday, December 14. Register today for “AI-Ready Data Centers: The Future is Flexible.” (Can’t make the live event?  Register now and get automatically notified when the session is available for ‘On Demand’ viewing.)


Eric Jacobs
Chief Commercial Officer
Aligned Data Centers

Eric has over 20 years of sales leadership experience in the data center, cloud and telecommunications sectors.  As the Chief Revenue Officer for Aligned, he is responsible for all facets of sales and solution architecture, including the development of sales and channel go-to-market strategies, execution of contract negotiations, implementation of robust sales support processes to ensure pipeline growth, revenue acquisition/projections, and customer success.

Before joining Aligned, Eric worked at QTS Realty Trust for more than eight years, most recently serving as the Executive Vice President of Sales. While at QTS, he also held several executive leadership roles within sales, operations and facilities. Prior to QTS, Eric was Vice President of Sales at CMI, Executive Vice President of Sales and Officer for Pac-West, Senior Director of Enterprise Sales at Zayo Group (formerly AboveNet Communications), and one of the original team members for Nextel Communications, Inc.

Eric is a graduate of the University of Oregon, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Corporate Management. He is also an active member in a variety of community organizations, currently serving as board member of the CIO Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for economically disadvantaged students seeking a degree in information technology.

Michael Welch
VP, Design & Procurement
Aligned Data Centers

Michael is a forward-thinking executive with over 13 years’ experience in data center engineering and design. As VP, Procurement and Design for Aligned Data Centers, he is responsible for leading all design, pre-construction, strategic sourcing, and supply chain management for the Company’s data center projects across the Americas. Michael has held numerous leadership roles at Aligned. Prior to his current role, he was Sr. Director, Pre-construction & Delivery, Director, Platform Procurement and Product Development Engineer. He was instrumental in the launch of the Company’s proprietary and award-winning Delta3 air-cooled and DeltaFlowliquid-cooled technologies. Michael holds an M.S. in Engineering Management from Ohio University as well as a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Connecticut.

Wes Cummins
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Applied Digital

Wes Cummins currently serves as the CEO and Chairman of Applied Digital (Nasdaq: APLD) and is one of the company’s cofounders. Prior to Applied Digital Mr. Cummins was the founder and CEO of 272 Capital LP, a registered investment advisor, which focused primarily on investing in technology hardware, software and services companies. Wes sold 272 Capital LP to B. Riley Financial (Nasdaq: RILY). Following the sale he joined B. Riley as President of B. Riley Asset Management, the institutional asset management arm of B. Riley.

Wes has been a technology investor for over 20 years and held various positions in capital markets including positions at investment banks and institutional asset management firms. Prior to founding 272 Capital, Wes led technology investing at Nokomis Capital, L.L.C., an investment advisory firm. Mr. Cummins serves as a member of the Board of Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS), a fabless designer, developer and supplier of cellular semiconductor solutions for massive, broadband and critical Internet of Things (IoT) markets.

He also serves as a member of the board of Vishay Precision Group (NYSE: VPG) an internationally recognized designer, manufacturer and marketer of resistive foil technology, sensors, and sensor-based systems to niche, industrial applications. Wes holds a BSBA from Washington University in St. Louis where he majored in finance and accounting.

Matthew Vincent
Data Center Frontier

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Aligned Data Centers is a leading technology infrastructure company offering innovative, sustainable, and adaptive Scale Data Centers and Build-to-Scale solutions for global hyperscale and enterprise customers. Our intelligent infrastructure allows densification and vertical growth within the same footprint, enabling customers to scale up without disruption, all while maintaining industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). By reducing the energy, water and space needed to operate, our data center solutions, combined with our patented cooling technology, offer businesses a competitive advantage by improving sustainability, reliability, and their bottom line.