LIVE BLOG: BisNow Chicago Data Center Event

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Jones Lang LaSalle’s Matt Carolan is a part of a panel discussion on Data Center development and tenant requirements that also features City of Chicago CIO Brett Goldstein, Digital Realty Trust’s Donough Roche and Server Farm Realty’s Avner Papouchado, among others.

9:02 a.m. — Roche on Chicago-area data center demand in 2012: “We saw it coming from various sources … local and national retailers, enterprise, financial players and also Internet companies. It was a pretty good year in this area. And that has given us a good idea of what to expect in 2013.”

9:04 a.m. — Carolan: “We saw huge demand in 2012.  Looking forward into the near future, we need new product. The market is ripe for it whether it’s retail, wholesale or build-to-suit.”

9:05 a.m. — Carolan: “This isn’t a price game. It’s all about risk. Why wouldn’t we see a migration to a place like Chicago where the only problem we have right now is a shortage of space.”

9:11 a.m. — Goldstein: “We’ve seen a climate change in Chicago to one that is very friendly to tech and data centers. The Mayor and this administration get it.”

9:15 a.m. — Papouchados on what it takes to be a data center developer: “It takes a long time to do these deals … It’s a huge leap of faith for people to put all the information that runs their business into your data center. It’s not price-based or cost-based and it can be very emotional at times.”

9:27 a.m. — Goldstein: “Government should not be in the data center business. We should be procuring it from somebody else and I think you’ll see more moves, over the next few years, by government to get out of that business with Chicago leading the way.”

9:29 a.m. — Papouchado: “There’s no one solution that fits all … different types of cooling or power, for example. You have to know, in this business, what the customer wants. That’s the beauty of this market.”

9:32 a.m. — Roche: “Portability of data center requirements is something that we’ve been seeing more of. They’re looking to place that load group somewhere with the ability to place it elsewhere. They’re looking for the kind of scalability that has not been traditionally available.”

9:34 a.m. — Carolan: “If Chicago is truly going to grow into this data center frontier, we need more options. In the suburbs, over the past few years, there’s only been one or two real wholesale options.”

9:36 a.m. — Carolan: “If in fact we continue to see more job growth in downtown Chicago, you’re going to see much more demand for retail and wholesale co-location facilities here in downtown Chicago.”

9:39 a.m. — Carolan on the increase of corporate cloud computing: “The cloud needs to be closer to a major metro area as opposed to trying to stick it in Des Moines or somewhere else.”

9:41 a.m. — Carolan: “Chicago is a hot city and as we continue to see the city grow, our data center industry is going to continue to grow both downtown and in the suburbs.”

9:42 a.m. — Roche: “We’re going to see a lot more supply in terms of colo facilities coming very soon. We’ve got the demand as well as the infrastructure, the knowledge community and the climate, so I think Chicago is really going to become a huge player nationally in the data center industry.”

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