3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Open Collaboration and Vendor Agnosticism in Data Centers (session)
Bret is the Director of Product and Business Development at PCX Corporation, an industry leader in the design, manufacture, and delivery of large data center infrastructure skids and turnkey modular data centers. Prior to joining PCX, he held a leadership role for 15 years in IBM’s global center of excellence for Site, Facilities and Data Center Services. There he was responsible for the development of strategic solutions and provided guidance on the design and construction of data center projects ranging from a few kilowatts to over 15MW. Bret played a pivotal role in the implementation of water-based rack-level cooling solutions for high density blade servers when they were introduced and disrupted the IT market in the early 2000’s and is recognized as an innovative subject matter expert in modular data center design and operational best practices. His career experience gives him a unique perspective on how a facility’s power and cooling infrastructure works with IT systems within the holistic data center ecosystem. He was named an IBM Master Inventor in 2011, holding eight data center related technology patents, and has been a registered Professional Engineer in the state of North Carolina (USA) since 1995.