This week on the Nomad Futurist Podcast, Nabeel Mahmood and Phillip Koblence welcome Randolph and Michael Borron from Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Data Center Advisory Group. Randolph, a Vice Chairman with 37 years of experience, is a specialist in data center and portfolio optimization, while Michael, an Associate Vice President, brings expertise in office leasing and data center advisory. Together, they offer a wealth of knowledge and insights into the intricate world of data center real estate, focusing on creating optimum efficiency and minimized risk in real estate solutions. This episode promises a deep dive into the specialized requirements of mission-critical environments and the strategic planning involved in managing commercial real estate portfolios.
As Randolf and Michael shared pieces of their backstories, Nabeel and Phil were curious to discover if Michael was exposed to data centers and technology while growing up and figuring out his career path:
“A little bit. I know he told me a bit about it in high school, but I didn’t really listen. At the time, you don’t think it’s important until he’s talking about digital infrastructure, and at the time I was just thinking about, how does this relate to how quick my X-Box is?”
When asked about their perspectives on the evolving landscape and the future trajectory of the IT sector, Randolph and Michael express their optimism and share insightful observations:
“There’s a lot of positive signals that we’re seeing out there that they’re going to show continued growth. We’re seeing a lot of changes happen, but they are driving more growth and more applications into the data center, like AI, sort of the latest flavor of what’s really driving things…the scale is getting rapidly much bigger.”
Towards the end of the conversation, Nabeel inquires about the practicality of nuclear energy, asking whether it is feasible or just a pipe dream. Both Randolph and Michael provide their insights:
Michael shares his thoughts, “I see nuclear as a must for, not just the data centers, but I think just our economies to continue to meet the power demands that we have.”
Randolph adds on, “I’d love it to be a big scalable solution for us. It’s clean. It’s proven. It’s a sustainable solution. And the amount of generation that is going to be required is just going to be absolutely off the charts.”
This episode with the father-son duo, Randolph and Michael Borron, goes beyond their professional narratives; it’s a rich exploration into the nuanced world of data center real estate. Their familial and professional synergy brings a unique perspective, making this a must-listen for anyone looking to understand the evolving landscape of the data center industry.