After more than 25 years in a successful commercial IT transactional real estate career where Jason Warner closed over 7.5 million square feet of data center/telecom transactions worth over USD 2 billion, Jason transitioned away from transactional work for clients and into a full-time Data Center Real Estate Principal opening and owning mission critical data centers/MMRs in Los Angeles, California, in 2011 and San Francisco, California, in 2015. During Jason’s tenure with these data centers/MMR’s, he has governed over explosive growth with new carrier/customer deployments, cloud computing, retail colocation, managed services, and network/peering services boasting more than 30 percent growth year-over-year in gross revenues.
What technology breakthrough would pave the way for the ICT industry?
I simply think it is 5G technology. 5G is being discussed now as a general-purpose technology (GPT). The 5G GPT has the ability to drive fundamental change across the entire global economy and will change all of our lives significantly in the years to come. 5G is also the true driver and foundation for the Internet of Things (IoT) where every device you can think of will have an interconnection to the Internet via 5G enabling them to send and receive data. 5G will also allow other exciting technologies like autonomous driving and AI to become truly available to the user marketplace. Finally, with the number of IoT devices connected to the Internet expected to reach into the billions in the near future, 5G end-users will exponentially increase in the near future, making 5G likely the most impactful GPT to date.
How can telecommunication technologies help humanity?
Telecommunication technologies are helping humanity by enabling real-time enterprise and ideation in platforms needed to resolve marketplace problems. As one example, artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality, and augmented reality were born out of foundational technologies like telematics, IoT, video, etc., for a myriad of reasons but are addressing the rise in healthcare costs we face today by providing scalable solutions in telemedicine. Merely augmenting regular office visits with video chat consultations, remote prescription monitoring, or streaming digital medical records, a stronger doctor-patient relationship is created. This leads to more engagement and better quality patient care resulting in lower overall healthcare costs because there is less dependency on medication and emergency room visits.
Is it important for companies to continue to innovate their organization or offerings, and why?
Yes, it is important for companies to continue to innovate both their organization and offerings because the telecommunications world is dynamic and, more importantly, we are at the beginning of another industrial revolution. 5G technology is creating advances and disruptive breakthroughs from immersive consumption and creation of multimedia to greater autonomy in robotics and automation. Companies will need to address this with continuous improvement in their organizational structure and the products and services they provide.
What value does PTC hold for you/your company?
PTC’20 was the first Annual Conference that my company, Fortress Data Centers attended. However, I have been a great admirer of this specific conference for some time. As a company that has MMR data centers in Los Angeles and San Francisco, telecommunication carriers are my largest customers. I believe the intersection of new telecommunications information, latest developments in the industry, and potential peer contact interaction in one location will be extremely beneficial for growing relationships and revenues within my business.
How does PTC fit with your company’s goals or your overall career purpose?
PTC is perfectly aligned with our company’s goals and overall career purpose because we both share the same vision of sustaining an ecosystem where people and organizations are connected through innovative uses of ICT. Our purpose, culture, and values are built on the foundation that technology enables exploration and leads to fundamental developments for humanity.
What industry mogul or up-and-coming leader have you followed or are currently following, and why?
I follow Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn for his adherence to the importance of being compassionate – how it can change your career path, your company, and your life. He explains that compassion is empathy plus action and that has always resonated with me on both a professional and personal level. It is the keystone building block for establishing the right culture – where colleagues feel empowered to contribute, where anyone can ask the “why” question, and where you know your family is your bedrock.
What is something that not that many people know about you?
I am an avid outdoorsman and enjoy skiing and backpacking in the mountains. I have backpacked all over the Rockies and Sierras and have scaled Mount Whitney three times. I live in Los Angeles close to the beach but enjoy the mountains much more and will likely retire in Snowmass, Colorado.
About Fortress Data Centers:
Fortress Data Centers owns and operates Mission Critical Compliant Data Centers/MMR’s purpose built for metropolitan localization and densification within connectivity centric MSA’s in the Western U.S. Fortress SF1’s Data Center/MMR is located in San Francisco’s SOMA Tech Corridor at 274 Brannan Street and currently houses a multitude of fiber networks (15+) and carrier cell-sites (4G and 5G coming). Fortress SF1 offers intelligent edge colocation, high density retail colocation, carrier neutral high-speed bandwidth (lit and dark fiber), direct optical peering to public/private/hybrid cloud service providers as well as access to robust 4G and 5G cellular networks.