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IT Guys Getting More Respect

New York Data Center

Data centers have become an integral part of corporations' property profiles, and IT pros are vaulting to more impactive roles, Himes Associates CEO Paul Himes said last week at Bisnow’s national Data Center Investment Conference & Expo in Crystal City, Va. "Corporate real estate guys have gone down in the pecking order, and IT guys have risen," says Paul, who adds that high-profile data breaches like Target’s are an impetus for companies to get smarter about how their data is stored.


CapitalOne facilities chief John McCullen, for one, says security concerns about its trove of customers’ personal data are preventing the bank from going to a public-based cloud. To control its data, CapitalOne won't go to a multi-tenant-esque co-location data center.