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We had a chat with Ryan S, senior lead data center engineer, to find out what makes him tick at work, and in his spare time. This is your chance to get inside the head of a senior lead data center engineer.

Q: What is your role? 

A: I am a senior lead data center engineer in the infrastructure engineering group, managing data center focused projects. You could say I’m the man in the middle between the network, systems, storage engineering, and facilities groups. I make sure we work together as efficiently as possible, and that new infrastructure solutions integrate well. Our flagship product is used globally online, so high availability is very important. 

Q: What StruxureWare for Data Centers products do you use? 

A: I’ve been using DCE for over five years. It has been a pivotal product to gain insight into electrical and critical infrastructure using the monitoring and alerting features. From an analytics perspective, the historical data and usage data from DCE is very valuable. Lately, we have been exploring integrating DCO into our existing workflow and processes. 

Q: How do current industry trends affect you and your business? 

A: We are moving rapidly toward software defined networking, storage, and other solutions, and there’s a big push to build out competitive private cloud environments. It’s a big challenge to make sure all the solutions we implement both support our development groups and provide value to our customers. 

Q: Five years from now, what do you think will be the most important component in running a data center? 

A: The highest priority will be agility. We all tend to get complacent with traditional designs but business is moving faster and faster and demanding more. We need to deliver and implement our infrastructure quickly, for both existing installations and new environments. We also need to move towards more vendor agnostic infrastructure solutions to maintain that agility. Thinking outside the box is key. 

Q: What do you do when you’re not working? 

A: I love playing tennis and running! I’m an avid gamer, especially FPS games. The Battlefield franchise has always been my favorite. My wife and I recently started a non-profit organization focused on initiatives that can change the world in simple ways. 

Ryan is a senior lead data center engineer. In his spare time he is an avid gamer and has recently founded a non-profit organization.

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