JLL, Lumen, and SE to deploy cutting-edge, modular centre solutions

JLL, in collaboration with Lumen Technologies and Schneider Electric, is set to provide ready-to-use modular data centre solutions across the U.S., with a strong focus on rapid deployment, flexibility, and scalability.

Leveraging its expansive market presence, JLL is tasked with overseeing the comprehensive site selection process. Despite challenges posed by land constraints in the current data centre market landscape, JLL can promptly identify and secure suitable sites, including approximately 5,000 along Lumen’s fibre network.

As one of the largest and most connected networks in the world, Lumen brings the speed, global footprint and edge, storage and managed service capabilities to meet customer needs as they build for tomorrow. Schneider Electric provides the expertise in design and construction of the modular data centre to get it operational within six to nine months.

This modern approach significantly reduces deployment times compared to traditional data centre construction. Modular data centres also enable proximity to end users, thereby reducing latency and helping companies address challenges related to scalability and swift deployments.

The data centre industry is experiencing substantial growth in demand driven by artificial intelligence (AI), IoT, 5G, and edge applications, resulting in a supply-demand imbalance in some markets. Furthermore, this growth is outpacing the existing infrastructure’s ability to support it.

According to JLL’s 1H 2023 North American Data Centre Report, the first half of 2023 saw record demand from hyperscalers, financial services firms, healthcare organisations, and other major enterprises rushing to secure data centre space. With most of this year’s remaining data centre supply already preleased or under exclusivity, operators must employ innovative solutions, such as modular data centres, which can be rapidly installed, deployed on an accelerated timeline, and adapted for IoT applications.

“In today’s digitally driven market, data centres and networks are essential for business transformation,” said Michele Hix, Vice President Strategic Customers, North America Operations, Schneider Electric. “Our collaboration with JLL and Lumen Technologies provides our clients with options to handle the megatrends shaping business, cities and consumers everywhere with solutions that are digital, sustainable, efficient and built to scale. We are excited to partner and help customers thrive in this evolving landscape, by responding to their needs faster through the accelerated deployment of edge data centres.”

“Digital transformations and next-gen tech like A.I. require more than just speed to market,” said Vincent Provenzano, Head of Advanced Solutions, VAR Channel, Lumen. “Customers are also looking for edge compute, data accessibility, increased network security, application performance and control. This agreement draws on an innovative Lumen portfolio to deliver solutions that increase efficiency, speed and enable business growth. Working together we can bring results that exceed customer expectations.”

The JLL team is being led by Executive Managing Director Joe Smurdon and Executive Vice President Mark To.

“Most hyperscalers are struggling to keep up with GPU demand and are allocating their capacity to the larger corporates, which leaves middle-market companies in a lurch,” said Smurdon. “Additionally, the time and capital required to bring additional computing capacity online takes several years, so these companies are forced to put band aids on their legacy facilities; however, our approach allows for a modular solution to be up and running in a fraction of the time and cost. JLL, Lumen and Schneider, together, provide the key speed-to-market solution that overcomes all these challenges associated with traditional data centre builds.”

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