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11 April 2018

Datacloud Asia 2019

Pan Pacific, Singapore


Peter Hannaford
Founder and CEO
Datacenter People

Peter Hannaford is founder and CEO of Datacenter People. He has been involved with data centers for almost 40 years, firstly through programming and systems development, and later starting his own company Waterfields in 1989, which became one of the biggest data center design & build companies in Europe before being sold in 2001.

His next venture was to found Tecnikon, which designed and patented the first water- cooled server rack with an integrated vertical cooling coil specifically for high-density computing. Tecnikon was acquired by APC in June 2003. At APC Peter helped develop Tecnikon’s innovative cooling solution into one of APC’s most successful product lines. APC was itself acquired by Schneider Electric in February 2007, where Peter was appointed Vice President for Datacenters & Alliances for EMEA. As APC became more and more integrated into the Schneider organisation, Peter's entrepreneurial instincts resurfaced, and he left in September 2010 to form Datacenter People.

Peter is a respected subject matter expert on data center evolution, talent search and acquisition in the data centre industry. He is a regular speaker at DatacenterDynamics, Data Center World and BroadGroup events worldwide. He maintains a deep personal network of contacts developed over many decades in the industry and was recently named by Data Economy Magazine as one of the 50 Top Influencers In Data Centres, Cloud And Data In 2017.