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We had a chat with Ed Tarento, a former colleague turned consultant, to see what he's up to at work and in his spare time.


Q: What is your role? 
A: G'day mates from down under in Australia. Late in 2016, I left Schneider Electric (SE) to return to my consulting practice.  At SE, I was a DCIM Specialist, providing pre-sales and subject matter expertise to the Pacific SE ITB Sales organisation and channel (e.g. providing sales advice, doing designs and solution configurations) as well as providing consulting, post sales advice and engineering services to SE Pacific clients. My company is now a certified APC Software Sales Partner and I hope soon to also finalise our SE Certified Service Provider status so that part of my role is very similar to what it was with SE.


Q: What StruxureWare for Data Centers products do you use?
A: Since joining APC in 2009 I've used just about all of the StruxureWare for Data Centers components, DCE, NetBotz, DCO suite, PME, SBO as well as many locally sourced components we built into our solutions where SE had no offer, e.g. SMS gateway, specialist screens, remote sensors etc. I now specialise in the DCO suite, integration and reporting but if I can add some value, I will try to assist where I can. I'm currently doing a StruxureWare for Data Centers DCO suite review for an Australian research organisation and, through SE, a migration from openDCIM to DCO for a global resources organisation.

Q: How do current industry trends affect you and your business? 
A: I've collected many “sayings” over my 35 years in the Network and Systems Management, IT Security disciplines and, over the last few years, with SE and DCIM. “Owning software gives you nothing” is as true today as it was when I started in IT in 1984. In Australia and many parts of the world, I think there is a shortage of the engineering and analyst expertise required to extract the ROI from customers' investment in software. I try to fill that gap.

In the data center space, the exodus from owner occupied to “data center as a business” providers continues, so I have more focus on colocation and service providers now than in 2009. These “data center as a business” clients are constantly looking for tangible advantage from their software investments, especially new revenue streams and better reporting. 

The owner occupier clients are stills struggling with the same challenges, lack of staff, budget pressures, increasing expectations and so on. Many are just trying to keep track of their assets.

Q: Five years from now, what do you think will be the most important  component in running a data center? 
A: I'm expecting the same pressures on data centers to continue, more of the same “do more with less”, better availability, less staff. Technically, I also envisage the Open Compute project and Lithium Ion battery technology will have a big impact on data center operations. I keep an eye on the KPIs used in data centers especially the Australian NABERS rating system

I'm also expecting the emerging trend for the facilities team, rather than the IT team, to take on more responsibility for server hardware which I think is going to shake up that world. This seems to fit right into the SE view of DCIM.

Q: What do you do when you’re not working?
A: My wife and I enjoy each other's company so we spend a lot of time together, which is lucky as we both work from home a lot. We're developing a website for her psychology business.
We travel a lot, both in Australia and overseas, enjoy movies, eating out and our kids and grand kids are a big part of our life. We regularly exercise including gym, cycling, kayak, swimming, tennis and we've recently taken up nordic walking. I love basketball, my gym recently installed a hoop so I shoot baskets when I can.

I have a soft spot for backgammon (I taught my wife who now beats me more often than not) and I once entertained a fleeting idea of competing, until I found what's required (a lot of brain maths), when I decided to just enjoy the thrill of the game.

Oh and I like to provide advice via the Support Community when I can.


Ed left Schneider Electric in 2016 to return to consulting. He is now a certified APC Software Sales Partner and remains a highly valued contributor in the Support Community. In his spare time he spends time with his family and exercises.

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