Top Challenges Facing Cloud and Colocation Providers in 2022 update from February 2022

Talking staff shortages and refurbished servers with Omdia’s Vlad Golabov.

Max Smolaks, Senior Editor

February 4, 2022

Vlad and Max
Data Center Knowledge

In this interview, Max Smolaks, senior editor at Data Center Knowledge and Vladimir Golabov, head of cloud and data center research practice at Omdia, discuss the impact of the semiconductor shortage on the industry.

Golabov expects a difficult year for the smaller cloud and colocation providers, especially if they are planning to launch new services. Industry-wide staff shortages are likely to push data center operators to work smarter and embrace a higher degree of automation.

In these difficult circumstances, many organizations will be looking at ways to make their existing IT go further.

“One advice I would give colocation providers is to advise their clients that not every workload requires the latest technology, and not every workload requires a new server,” Galabov told Data Center Knowledge. “One of the things that we have seen in general over the last few years is the market for refurbished equipment – sometimes even equipment that was decommissioned, taken apart, and then put together again.”

“If you don’t need the best performance for a workload, I actually think that this is on way to go around the availability challenge.”

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About the Author(s)

Max Smolaks

Senior Editor, Informa

Max Smolaks is senior editor at Data Center Knowledge, a leading online publication dedicated to the data center industry. A passionate technology journalist, Max has been writing about IT for a decade, covering startups, hardware, and regulation – across B2B titles including Silicon, DatacenterDynamics, The Register, and AI Business.

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