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WWT Jim Kavanaugh: 10 Big Cisco, Supply Chain And M&A Bets
From partnering with Cisco and boosting World Wide Technology’s supply chain to acquisitions and hiring, here are WWT CEO Jim Kavanaugh’s 10 big bets for 2022.
Boosting Supply Chain
Our supply chain area has continued to grow in a significant way. I’d say in the last 18 months, we’ve added almost 2 million square feet of incremental space in our logistics and supply chain area.
We’re going in to help organizations really design their data centers. Then from designing their data centers as we collaboratively work with them, we help design these high-density racks of equipment and networking infrastructure that are going into them. We come up with final designs and there’s a multitude of different configurations.
We’re building out more high-density racks for large enterprise customers across the board—the big banks, big financial services companies, health-care organizations, hyperscalers. So literally thousands and thousands of racks that we’re building, and that is continuing to grow at a very exponential rate.
We have a little over 4 million square feet in distribution logistics facilities that’s focused on large areas of very concentrated clean rooms around the building and designing of the racks that we build out.
So we have those facilities here in the U.S. that are in St. Louis. We have them in Amsterdam to support the U.K.; Singapore to support Asia; and in India to support a broader space of Asia. That’s been a really big growing area of our business so we can help customers from that design, engineer, finalize statement of work—and then literally go more into a production, contract manufacturing mode of building and rolling out those. Then deploying those to their data centers and their corporate infrastructures around the world. That’s been a big growing area.