Tate Cantrell’s primary responsibilities include product design and development and data center operations. Mr. Cantrell has been in the mission-critical facilities business for more than 15 years and has overseen the build-out and operationalization of some the largest and most sophisticated data centers in the industry.
Prior to Verne Global, Mr. Cantrell was Vice President, Data Center Technologies, at Dupont Fabros Technology, the second-largest pure-play data center REIT in the United States. He was responsible for development and execution of operational strategies critical to the start-up of the Dupont Fabros Development Wholesale Data Center business model, the first of its kind in the industry. Mr. Cantrell was in charge of negotiating key operations contracts, developing vendor relations strategies, facilitating purchasing strategy for new data center equipment, and overseeing technical due diligence of existing and new properties. He also provided technical support for marketing and key business strategy expansion opportunities, and directed and managed strategy for IT systems. Mr. Cantrell was involved with all ten of DuPont Fabros’ data center developments.
Prior to Dupont Fabros, Mr. Cantrell was a Senior Electrical Engineer at CCG Facilities Integration, Inc. In that capacity, he acted as project manager, lead project engineer and commissioning coordinator for mission-critical applications across a variety of sectors. He worked on mission-critical projects for clients including A1 Netcom, AboveNet, Citigroup, Discovery Channel, Fannie Mae, Morgan Stanley, Sprint, Terremark and the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Mr. Cantrell started his career in computer facilities as a research programmer and system administrator for the first supercomputer facility in Louisiana during his tenure at Tulane University.
Verne Global Iceland Data Center Case Study: Renewable Energy – The Evolution of Energy EfficiencyData Centres have an insatiable appetite for power and with volumes of data growing astronomically in our connected world, finding adequate sources of power is a monumental quest for the industry at large. The challenge is only heightened by Europe's regulatory demands for green power, not to mention costs on Europe's overwhelmed power grids.
Iceland offers an optimized combination of location, economics, and ecological consideration for large-scale data center implementations - 100% dual sourced green energy, year round free cooling, as well as protection against escalating worldwide power pricing.
Tate Cantrell, CTO of Verne Global, will talk about the practical experience of bringing this fundamentally new approach to the data centre market and how the Iceland location presents a compelling, cost efficient and flexible alternative to scale data centre needs. He will also explore how key learnings from Iceland today could set the stage to define the fundamentals of the data centre of the future.