Peter HewkinCEO, SmartEdge DC
Peter Hewkin founded SmartEdge DC Limited to enable new technologies such as 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IOT) and Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) by creating distributed Edge ultra-low latency multi location power shells for Cloud networks and applications bringing processing power as close to the data source as possible.
Peters commercial past lies in the Property Development / Investment industry.
He started his first commercial venture in 1970s London, acquiring and developing a rental residential property portfolio then moving into the hotel sector.
In the 1980s he moved into the Commercial Property sector both as a developer and an investor becoming the CEO of a main market PLC listed on the LSE.
He retired from the City in 1994 and moved to Scotland where he acquired an architecturally important dilapidated and vandalized Castle, designed and built by the world-famous Scottish Architect Alexander “Greek “Thomson , This major restoration project over 5 years resulted in the Caste being reinstated back to its original grandeur with photographic records now in the Scottish Governments historic buildings records ( RCAHMS ).
In 2007 he saw opportunities for the development of large-scale Data Centres in Scotland where there is an abundance of electricity generation especially within the renewable sector.
In 2008 he invited Mike Manos of Microsoft and his team to Scotland and meet with the Scottish Government, at this time Microsoft had built one Data Centre in Ireland as part of developing their new “Cloud “at 14 locations around the world, this later became the Azure Cloud.
Over dinner in the House of Lords one evening, in 2009 Mike started to talk about how he saw the future development of the Internet and explained how with the expediential growth of data and technology , there would be a need to bring data processing closer to the data source , he called these “ Cloudlets “ , what he was describing is now known as “ Edge Computing “.
This was the beginning of the process of creating Smart Edge DC limited and leads us to where we are now.
Past Event Sessions
Conference Session Panel: The European Edge - evolution and opportunities