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John Speers joins the Volta team!

Posted by Volta Newsroom on 20-Nov-2014 11:16:00

John_SpeersWe are excited to announce the appointment of our new facilities manager, John Speers, who comes on board to support our operational plans for Volta Data Centres and strengthen our team as the company continues to grow. In his new role, John will be responsible for the overall facilities management of the Great Sutton Street data centre, overseeing the critical data infrastructure and monitoring energy efficiency.

From the first time we met with John we knew that he was the best man for the job. But, when we found out that he had received a personal letter from Prime Minister, David Cameron, for his work at the 2012 Olympics, we knew we had made a great choice! 

John has been involved with critical engineering for more than 20 years and has worked for major IT infrastructure network operators, data centres and broadcast companies. Prior to his appointment with us, John was the Gateway Manager for Level 3 Communications and Main Media Centre Energy Manager for the Press centre at the 2012 London Olympics. At the request of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) he oversaw more than 1 million square feet of space, designed the mission critical network, procured contractors and managed operations during the three months of the games.

While at Level 3 Communications John managed 500,000 square feet of data over three sites and was responsible for ensuring 100% uptime.

When it comes to keeping energy costs down, a key priority for data centres, we are no exception. One of John’s first tasks was to manage the introduction of our new row-based cooling systems that provide cooling to high density racks and improve energy efficiency. John is tasked with managing this system and ensuring Volta remains the most efficient, agile and flexible data centre for our customers ever-changing requirements.

We are confident John will help us to establish Volta as a leader in secure, flexible and scalable IT and hosting for London companies, and look forward to developing our proposition further with his expertise.

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