Last Wednesday (31st January 2018), the Managing Director of 4D Data Centres was asked to speak on two separate panels at ‘Datacloud UK 2018’  in London. In the morning Jack Bedell-Pearce (4D)  was on the ‘UK Market Leadership Panel’, with Tim Anker (Colo-X), Amy Daniell (AECOM), Mike Hughes (Schneider Electric) and the chair, Steve Wallage (MD of Broadgroup).

During this session the panel was asked for opinions on the state of the data centre and cloud market and predictions for 2018. Jack noted that whilst Brexit is very much on the radar of data centre and cloud providers, there are more immediate challenges in the form of GDPR and the spectre vulnerability. The general consensus of the panel was that both the worldwide and UK market are currently very strong and show no sign of abating in the foreseeable future.

In the afternoon, Jack spoke on the panel for ‘Brexit and the Data Center Sector – Legal and Regulatory Implications. This was chaired by Mark Bailey (Charles Russel Speechlys) and included Emma Fryer (techUK), Marcin Zmaczynski (Aruba) and Mike Conradi (DLA Piper LLP). The panel agreed that uncertainty surrounding Brexit was one of the greatest problems facing the tech sector at present. Whilst Brexit has made some things, such as hiring skilled labour, more challenging in 2017, there are opportunities for Britain to reinvent itself in a post-Brexit world – these include reducing red-tape and improving global competion through improved data and environmental regulations. When asked what advice he would give the UK and EU Brexit negotiators, Jack said “I would ask them to provide clarity and reassurance that even in the event of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit scenario, there will be provisions in place for the continued free flow of data between the UK and the European Union”.

To coincide with this event, 4D produced a report on the impact of Brexit on the UK data centre sector, covering 7 key areas:

  • Data Flow
  • Trade
  • Skills
  • Energy and Commodity Costs
  • Inward Investment
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Uncertainty

This document can be downloaded here www.4d-dc.com/brexit-uk-dc-sector

[Image caption: From left to right: Mark Bailey, Mike Conradi , Emma Fryer, Jack Bedell-Pearce, Marcin Zmaczynski