Vertiv steps up ANZ smart cities focus with trio of key hires

Critical technology infrastructure firm Vertiv has created three new strategic roles in a bid to meet rapidly growing demand for its suite of cloud and smart cities offerings.

Glen Trestrail will head up 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 asf solutions architect based Canberra.

Trestrail will be able to draw on some three decades of IT experience, most recently with Canon Australia. He will be tasked with developing a high-performing team as Vertiv continues its drive into the edge and smart cities space.

Vertiv ANZ MD Robert Linsdell

“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 ANZ MD Robert Linsdell.

“We need a strong services team to effectively manage that expectation and help enterprises and government organisations realise their smart city ambitions.”

Additionally, Jonathan Buchanan joins from Metronode and will be charged 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,” noted Vertiv.

“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 operations in Canberra, following rising demand for cloud and colocation services in the region driven by the Federal Government’s Secure Cloud Strategy.

He’ll also oversee 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.”


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