DCW Addresses Industry’s Key Challenges

Last week, Data Centre World opened its doors at the London Excel, welcoming delegates from Europe and beyond to discuss an array of today’s hot topics.

With over 500 exhibiting companies on the show floor and thousands of technology professionals, the event is considered one of the largest and most influential gatherings of data centre expertise in the world.

The team from ICT Reverse were delighted to be exhibiting at this year’s event and enjoyed meeting a vast array of data centre leaders and end-users requiring asset and data disposal solutions.

Scarlett, Anne, Beckie and Suzanne at the DCW Event 2024

Discussions from key speakers focused on scaling challenges, sustainable growth, talent retention, and AI.  Highlights included:

  • Europe is experiencing a surge in new Data Centre Projects.  This year has already witnessed a raft of announcements, with Google, Microsoft, NTT Global Data Centres, Virtus Data Centres, Global Switch, Maincubes, and Starwood Capital Group all unveiling plans to develop new data centre facilities in Europe.
  • There is an escalating global demand for digital infrastructure services but demand is often outstripping supply.  There is an apparent scarcity of available space, which, in turn, is expected to drive considerable rental rate growth in 2024.
  • There are also predictions of significant growth of secondary European markets, such as Milan and Madrid, alongside the established hubs of Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Dublin.
  • Whilst AI is driving “unprecedented change” in the world, key speakers highlighted the lack of understanding when it comes to the added strain LLMs are placing on data centres and power grids.
  • As it becomes increasingly clear that the global data centre industry must expand rapidly to service the growing demand, sustainable routes to scalability were a core focus of Data Centre World UK.
  • The very real challenges of finding and retaining staff was also a hot topic.  Talent has dominated keynotes, podcasts, LinkedIn posts, and tweets for some time now, but we’re struggling to see seismic change in this space.

Next year’s event will take on 12th & 13th March and we hope to see you there!

In the meantime if you require a secure and compliant recycling service for IT and mobile phone assets, please contact our team for a quote econtact@ictreverse.com