With experience leading large IT organizations and data center operations teams, colocation solution engineering, marketing, and data center product development, Bob Landstrom has experience on all sides of the desk.
The data center is the engine room for the Business. As business grows and the competitive landscape changes, new demands are projected onto the data center. Legacy data centers often become challenged for capacity, whether space, power, or cooling. In some cases, capacity can be reclaimed, thus extending the useful life of the legacy data center. Other times, it’s necessary to assess whether improvements should be made to an existing data center to extend its life, or consider alternatives like colocation.
The build versus buy/renovate option is one that may seem like a simple space and power matching exercise, but unless undertaken with a thorough understanding of the nuances of data center design, operation, and ownership, the project may be undertaken with risks that could otherwise be avoided.
New Enterprise IT architectures bring a new context to the data center that did not exist when legacy data centers went into operation. Hybrid cloud, Software Defined Networks (SDN) low latency access to Cloud Service Providers CSPs), real time integration with business partners, mobility, and so on all bring requirements that make proper selection of a data center provider a critical strategic business decision.
The landscape of regulatory and compliance factors impacting the data center is broad, complex, and ever changing. Security, privacy, governance, and even energy efficiency are projected onto IT, data center design, and data center operations.
I’ve helped companies bring clarity to their data center strategy, bringing experience, best practices, and creativity to the Clients’ own capabilities, preferences, and core competencies. This may take the form of data center fitness evaluation, benchmarking, energy efficiency assessments, compliance, value optimization, process optimization, IT transformations, or disaster avoidance strategy engagements.
I’m often approached for assistance in identifying a colocation provider, for help with colocation services RFP’s, or finding a data center partner for businesses needing to solve a data center problem.
I’m frequently called about products or topics within the data center field. These questions sometime come from established businesses, but also from parties exploring an investment in a new product or service.
I’ve done quite a bit of work with creation of documentation and training material, including scripting and creation of training videos, and on-site delivery of training programs.
With my international exposure and experience with data center, IT, operations, and advisory services, I am uniquely positioned to deliver project-based engagements, serve in staff roles, or serve on an ongoing retained basis.
I work also to participate in the technology industry community. Currently I am participating in several committees with The Green Grid, the Open Cloud Connect forum, and DC Professional Development.