Articles by author: Raymond Hawkins

Not Your Father’s Data Center: Innovations in Generator Land

How did a Texas boy, who swore up and down he’d never leave Texas for Oklahoma, wind up involved with the data storage industry in Oklahoma? Chris Brown, CTO at Uptime Institute, isn’t 100% sure himself, but spending the past 25 years in the Sooner state means something went right. And Brown said the data […]

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Not Your Father’s Data Center Podcast: Data Centers in Space Pt. 2

Rick Ward, CTO, and Founder of Orbits Edge, described how space is becoming increasingly accessible to laypeople. “We’re getting more and more to the place where I can see myself there. And that is a big deal. You don’t have a space-bearing civilization when the only people who go up there are less numerous than […]

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Not Your Father’s Data Center Podcast by Compass Datacenters: A Look into the Impact of COVID-19 on the Data Center Industry

The data center industry is probably not the first industry one would think of when it comes to changes from the pandemic since data is stored virtually. Tim Huffman, Vice President of CBRE, joined Host Raymond Hawkins, Chief Revenue Officer of Compass Datacenters, to discuss the surprising number of shifts that actually occurred in the […]

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Satellites & The Cloud

Data has moved from the building filling mainframes of the 60’s technology to satellite gathering machine learning and AI processing at the speed of light. Megabytes have turned into Petabytes, leaving businesses to absorb the paradigm shift of data collection. In this episode of Not Your Father’s Data Center, host Raymond Hawkins and Doug Mohney, […]

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Leadership in an Evolving Workplace

Host Raymond Hawkins discovered that despite lacking formal leadership training, Cy Wakeman, President & Founder of Reality Based Leadership, has written a plethora of books in the leadership genre. As a former counselor in human psychology, Wakeman revamped traditional leadership views. She explained, “I saw the world from a viewpoint of shared accountability at the […]

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Not Your Father’s Data Center: Mining for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies

Fred Thiel, CEO of Marathon Digital Holdings, one of the largest bitcoin mining operations in North America, joined host Raymond Hawkins to discuss cryptocurrency. From blockchain to bitcoin, Thiel covered it all, including all the nooks and crannies in between. “The blockchain is essentially a chain of linked blocks that each block consists of a […]

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Concrete Innovations at Compass Datacenters

Nancy Novak, Chief Innovation Officer, Compass Datacenters is a firm believer that innovation comes in different forms, and she knows it’s people, processes and systems that drive innovations. Those three key focuses drive Novak’s work at Compass Datacenters, and she opened up to host Raymond Hawkins about some of the exciting innovations happening at Compass. […]

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When Using & Safeguarding Mass Amounts of Captured Data From Facility Monitoring Devices and Environments, Make it Meaningful
April 24, 2024

One of the many topics of ISC West 2024 was how the industry could overcome the strategic challenge of managing and safeguarding the massive amounts of data collected from facility monitoring devices. Cathal Walsh, the Vice President and Chief Security Officer at Guidepost Solutions, engages deeply with this issue and offered insights on refining […]

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Implementation of Digital Strategies is Helping Smaller Retailers Finally Compete Against Big Box Stores
April 24, 2024

Some smaller brands and boutiques are setting examples that larger corporations could follow. Smaller and mid-sized retailers are now effectively competing against their larger retail counterparts by utilizing digital innovations. By implementing digital strategies, smaller retailers are enhancing customer value and operational efficiency.  On an informative segment of an Experts Talk retail roundtable to […]

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Perimeter Data is Transforming Security Operations from Reactive to Proactive
April 24, 2024

Recent technological advancements and strategic implementations have significantly bolstered the security of critical infrastructures. At a U.S. Army base, the trial of AI-powered facial recognition for perimeter monitoring illustrates how cutting-edge technology is being deployed to enhance threat detection and response. Concurrently, the critical role of physical defenses, such as perimeter fencing, is still […]

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Energy T&D Resilience: Hot-Dip Galvanizing Shields Infrastructure, Saves Resources
April 24, 2024

Hot-dip galvanizing (HDG) is an essential technique for protecting steel structures from corrosion, a process that not only extends the life of such infrastructure but also significantly impacts environmental sustainability by reducing the demand for new raw materials. Recent advancements have refined this method, optimizing the zinc coating’s durability and enhancing its protective properties […]

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A 2020 Year in Review on Digital Strategy Trends
January 12, 2021

Haynes Strader, Vice President of Data Center Solutions, CBRE, returned to Not Your Father’s Data Center for a look back and assessment of one of the craziest years in recent memory. To summarize the market during the pandemic, Strader said, “CBRE had a really busy first quarter, and then, in March, we saw a big […]

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A Career Path for Veterans in the Data Center Industry
November 10, 2020

Lee Kirby, Cofounder and Chairman of Salute Mission Critical, wanted to use his 36 years of military experience to help veterans and their families. Drawing upon 30 years of information systems, strategic business development, planning and human resource experience in private and public sectors, Kirby began Salute Mission Critical. Salute’s mission is to provide military […]

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The Data Center Outlook for the European Market
October 27, 2020

To get a perspective on how the data center industry is faring in European markets during the pandemic, host Raymond Hawkins tapped Andrew Jay, Head of EMEA Data Centre Solutions, Advisory & Transaction Services for CBRE, to help him unpack what’s happening. The need for co-location space is growing in Europe, as demands for data […]

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Adventures in Technology with DCD’s Peter Judge (Part 2)
September 22, 2020

In the second half of a two-part discussion on technology, Peter Judge, Global Editor for DatacenterDynamics, and host Raymond Hawkins turned their attention on the data center industry, the impact technology advancements have on it and the evolving role of the DatacenterDynamics’ publication. One of the cornerstones of DatacenterDynamics’ success is its events, which they’ve […]

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Adventures in Technology with DCD’s Peter Judge (Part 1)
September 9, 2020

Peter Judge may have started his education journey with a degree in physics from Cambridge University, but most will know him from his work as a writer in the technology space. His current role is as the Global Editor for DataCenterDynamics, and he shared his experience and thoughts on technology and datacenters with Raymond Hawkins. […]

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Sustainability is More than Green Power
July 21, 2020

As governments and corporations look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint, Eric Dunford, Director of Sustainability for CarbonCure, knows of a solution to help these entities meet their needs when it comes to construction projects. Dunford joined host Raymond Hawkins to talk about CarbonCure’s process for introducing recycled CO2 Into fresh concrete to reduce […]

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Necessity is the Mother of Innovation
May 26, 2020

With data centers going up quickly all over the country, quality control and the commissioning process are vital steps to making sure everything is getting done correctly. Yet the typically high-touch process has been complicated by social distancing regulations and other health precautions that are part of doing business during the COVID-19 pandemic. When Compass […]

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Why Water Use Can Be As Important As Energy Consumption
May 22, 2020

When choosing a location, data centers often look for a location close to their end customers and one where there’s cheap electricity. Water was an afterthought, said Pedro Sancha, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Nalco Water, but that’s beginning to change. With water needed to cool the data center, companies were bringing in […]

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The Myth of Data Center Inefficiency
May 4, 2020

With their constantly whirring server fans and enormous cooling systems in cavernous buildings, data centers seem to be sucking up a lot of energy and contributing more than their fair share to climate change. But are they? Dr. Eric Masanet and several colleagues decided to put it to the test. What they found is that, […]

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