27 January 2015
Q&A with Tim Kiser, owner and founder, Colo Atl.
What do you hope to achieve from
attending this year’s Metro Connect?
Metro Connect is a key event for Colo Atl, primarily for the
meaningful networking opportunities with fellow c-level
executives that it provides. The ability to have such
high-quality, face-to-face meetings with the CEOs,
CFO’s and COOs of some of the world’s
top carriers and network operators is essential to Colo
Atl’s growth strategy for 2015 and beyond.
What are your major priorities in the metro market
It is our intent to continue to
raise more awareness of our niche offerings, which also include
Georgia Technology Center (GTC) and the Southeast Network Access Point (SNAP),
located within the Colo Atl facility. GTC is a live laboratory
for network equipment vendors to highlight optical and
electrical hardware and operating systems, while SNAP provides
next-generation Internet Exchange (IX) solutions, including SDN
peering, testing, collaboration and implementation.
What trends do you expect to see in the metro
market in 2015?
Metro Connect is one of Colo
Atl’s key industry events to attend due to the
networking and engaging speaking panels and roundtable
discussions that take place among company owners and
executives. Being privy to such discussions allows me to both
learn and be a part of new trends for 2015.
Observing from my end, an
obvious hot trend in the metro market for 2015 would definitely
be the continued success of integrating software-defined networking (SDN)
solutions as a practical way to virtualise the data centre
and more easily enable customers to deploy secure, isolated
cloud networks. The need for virtualisation and flexibility is
a must for digital businesses of today.