Jim Smith Named CTO at Digital Realty

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When InfoWorld reviewed the accomplishments of Digital Realty Trust Vice President of Engineering Jim Smith, it named him one of the top 25 chief technology officers. Digital Realty clearly agrees, and today announced that it has promoted Smith to CTO, making him the first person to hold the title at the company. Smith has been highly visible in implementing Digital Realty Trust’s green data center strategy.

“Jim’s work has had a profound impact on the way we design and operate all of our facilities, and this promotion to CTO will allow him to play an even greater role in how we utilize technology to drive increasing value for our customers by reducing costs, increasing operating efficiencies, and developing Green operating environments,” said Michael Foust, CEO of Digital Realty Trust. “Digital Realty Trust is changing the face of the datacenter industry, and he is a big part of our success story.”

In the past three years, Digital Realty Trust has delivered more than 100 megawatts of UPS capacity on over 40 datacenter projects in North America and Europe, including the industry’s first LEED Gold certified data center. Smith has a BSc in Chemistry from Fort Lewis College and an MBA from London Business School.

About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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