Phillip Marangella currently serves as the chief marketing officer at EdgeConneX. Phillip is focused on developing, evangelizing, and executing the marketing strategy and ecosystem development for the company. He has 20+ years of international marketing, strategy, and business development experience working in the data center, telecom, and technology sectors for leading service providers including Equinix, CoreSite, Verizon, MCI, Nortel, and Globalstar. Phillip also serves on the advisory boards for Apomaya and Infrastructure Masons.
Phillip holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California San Diego, and a master’s degree in Multinational Commerce from Boston University.
How can telecommunication technologies help humanity?
The question can also be thought of as how can humanity help technology? EdgeConneX partners closely with amazing organizations such as Salute Mission Critical, which helps to transform military veterans into world-class data center technicians. Salute’s vision has always been to build a company that serves as a “bridge” for veterans to reach the data center industry and start careers. The critical shortage of skilled resources in this industry has helped further drive the growth of the organization. The double benefit of solving veteran unemployment and the personnel shortage has driven greater results than expected. EdgeConneX, working in lock-step with Salute, is an excellent example of the real-world success of humanity helping technology and technology changing lives.
What network-related development will have the greatest impact in our industry?
By far, the greatest development that will impact the industry is the rearchitecting of the Internet to make it more customer-centric than ever before. As noted by Cisco, global IP traffic will reach 4.8 zettabytes per year by 2022. Now, more than ever, it’s clear that the volume, velocity, and variety of data traffic flows are mandating a dramatic rearchitecting of the Internet. The next wave will see a range of edge form factors proliferate globally to serve such advanced technologies as 5G networks, artificial intelligence (AI), and autonomous vehicles, along with the spreading adoption of industrial and consumer IoT applications as our homes, buildings, streets, factories, and entire communities become “smarter” and ever more connected.
The edge is the lowest latency point of demarcation between service delivery and consumption, and by processing data away from the cloud and closer to the source, the edge increases both the scalability and security of IoT-based applications. The number of connected IoT sensors and devices is expected to exceed 50 billion by 2022, up from an estimated 21 billion in 2018, according to Juniper Research. As a result, we will see networks covering so many things that will require so little time (latency) and for which edge infrastructure is the de rigueur solution.
Is it important for companies to continue to innovate their organization or offerings, and why?
The EdgeConneX team believes this to the core. It is only through close collaboration with our partners that we can drive results, improve the status quo, solve challenges, and encourage innovative ideas. Innovation leads to real change and limitless possibilities for all.
What value does PTC hold for you/your company?
PTC has offered EdgeConneX amazing opportunities to learn, brainstorm, and forge new long-lasting partnerships and relationships. Our team looks forward to attending the Annual Conference each year as it is not only a great chance to tell our story but also to stay in tune with the exciting innovations hitting the industry at large.
What would you share with those interested in becoming a PTC Member?
PTC not only brings together the world’s communications and technology influencers and leaders, but it also serves as an interactive forum for sharing ideas, discussing new trends, brainstorming the possibilities, solving challenges, and establishing new business relationships. The Annual Conference is an essential way to start each year, setting the stage for global communications, continuing the conversation, and paving the way for impactful strategies for the year ahead.
What advice would you share with current and future graduates interested in this field?
Network, listen, and learn from industry veterans. We recognize the need to attract and train new, skilled, and motivated talent into the sector. Graduates that are proactive and inquisitive will be welcomed by many companies in the industry that want to train and groom the next generation of technology experts across the organizational spectrum.
What industry mogul or up-and-coming leader have you followed or are currently following, and why?
Gary Vaynerchuk because he provides valuable insight on organizations and how to be successful as both an individual and a company.
EdgeConneX provides a full range of data center solutions worldwide, from Hyperlocal to Hyperscale, from purpose-built to build-to-order, working closely with our customers to offer choice in location, scale, and type of facility. Delivering flexibility, connectivity, proximity, and value, EdgeConneX is a global leader in anytime, anywhere, any scale data center services for a diverse portfolio of industries including Content, Cloud, Networks, Gaming, Automotive, SaaS, IoT, HPC, Security, and more.
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