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Originally posted to Data Centre Dynamics by Peter Judge & Alex Alley

“Never in my career did I dream that the supply chains for cleaning supplies would be absolutely critical to our operations,” Digital Realty’s head of procurement Brent Shinall told us in a July DCD keynote speech about the changes the Covid-19 pandemic has brought about within his company and the data center industry.

How big are those changes? Well, Shinall was speaking to a three day web-conference. As this article hits the web, DCD has had nine global or regional events since April, and they’ve all been online-only.

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed many of our perceptions of value: cleaners and delivery workers are more important than managers; meetings are dangerous; travel is a risk we try to avoid. And digital infrastructure has been part of this.

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