Millennials and Gen Z: Here to Save the Data Center

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Over the past couple of months, I’ve been involved in a lot of conversations around getting young people excited about the data center. After all, the data center business is booming, there are really interesting new developments around data center technologies and, at the last Data Center World conference, I stood on the keynote stage and proudly proclaimed that no, the cloud is certainly not here to replace the data center. If anything, cloud is here to support and complement emerging data center solutions, like edge computing, for example.

Before we go on too much, I have a disclaimer: I’m a millennial who works in the data center industry, and I won’t be the first to say that getting young people into this space isn’t easy. Pretty much every data center leader – from hyperscale to regional data center shops – is experiencing issues getting young people on board.

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