Critical technology infrastructure specialist Vertiv has created three strategic roles to meet the demand for its cloud and smart cities services.
Glen Trestrail will take on responsibility for service and project management as the new senior director of that business in Australia and New Zealand, while Jonathan Buchanan will lead the cloud, colocation and BFSI team and Matt Lawler joins in the role of solutions architect in Canberra.
Trestrail, who brings more than 30 years’ IT experience, most recently with Canon Australia, to Vertiv’s services business, will be tasked with developing a high-performing team as Vertiv continues its push into the edge and smart cities space.
“The need for data centres to run uninterrupted, and to optimal energy efficiency levels, is greater than ever in the IoT and smart cities era,” said Robert Linsdell, managing director A/NZ, Vertiv. “We need a strong services team to effectively manage that expectation and help enterprises and government organisations realise their smart city ambitions.”
Meanwhile, Jonathan Buchanan joins from Metronode and will be tasked with expanding Vertiv’s cloud and colocation business across the whole of Australia. Gartner recently predicted Australia’s colocation and hyperscale market was worth almost $400 million and increasing.
“Sydney has become a natural technology hub for hyperscalers and businesses investing in cloud computing,” said Tony Gaunt, senior director, cloud, colocation and BFSI, Vertiv. “How cloud and colo fit into an organisation’s wider digital strategies and distributed data centre network is more important than ever, and we’re seeing higher demand for helping businesses get that structure right.”
Finally, Matt Lawler, who joins from F1 Solutions, will lead Vertiv’s activity in Canberra, following increased demand for cloud and colocation services in the region driven by the Federal Government’s Secure Cloud Strategy. He’ll also lead support of the smart city initiatives taking place across the city, resulting from the ACT Government’s Smart City Strategy.
“Historically, much of our activity in Canberra has been managed out of Sydney with the assistance of local partners,” added Linsdell. “But we see a great opportunity in the shift to cloud and the smart city initiatives taking place in the city. We know how to optimise data centre networks – from cloud and colo to core and edge – to ensure maximum efficiency, a timely subject at the moment, and ‘always on’ digital services.”
Lawler will work closely with Vertiv’s partners in Canberra to increase the company’s local presence.