Schneider Electric Sharpens Focus on Service Providers
March 15th, 2013 By: Rich Miller
Energy management conglomerate Schneider Electric this week announced two new teams, one to focus on data center service providers and another to integrate Schneider’s acquisition of Lee Technologies into a software and services offering.
The Data Center Service Provider Team will focus on the specific needs of colocation, hosting and cloud businesses. Its a multi-disciplinary team that brings together solution architects, global project management and execution, supply chain and account managers.
“The market is moving this way,” said Chris Buckley. “It’s a very fast-growing segment of our business. This customer segment is unique. They’re doing things other customers aren’t doing.”
Industry veteran Joe Reele will serve as Vice President, Data Center Solutions Architects for the new Schneider unit. Reele has more than 10 years and one million square feet of data center experience in helping organizations analyze requirements and develop cost-effective solutions.
Schneider also announced the expansion of its IT Business with the launch of the Schneider Electric Mission Critical Services & Software division,and represents the full integration of Schneider Electric’s energy management services with Lee Technologies’ data center lifecycle methodology. The division will feature more than 7,000 trained specialists to work with data center clients.
Jason Schafer, who is familiar to DCK readers from his tenure as an analyst at Tier 1/451 Research, has joined Schneider as Director, Technology & Operations Management for the Mission Critical Services and Software. Schafer will be responsible for the development and coordination of facility operations consultancy services. He has 18 years of experience in the mission-critical facilities field, including service in the Naval Nuclear Power Program and as a data center commissioning specialist and construction manager for Lee Technologies, where he managed data center projects for Fortune 100 enterprises and various government entities.
“The launch of Schneider Electric’s Mission Critical Services & Software division and the Data Center Service Provider Team places Schneider Electric in a strategic position as the leader in end-to-end data center energy management,” said Rob McKernan, Senior Vice President, Americas, Schneider Electric IT Business. “We provide one-of-a-kind, holistic, and fully-comprehensive solutions that are unique and currently unavailable in today’s market, with energy management capabilities from planning, building and operations to energy procurement, lifecycle management and software, all from one company. This is further complemented by our team of consultative and technical experts that provide guidance every step of the way.”