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meet me room TATE CANTRELL – VERNE GLOBAL Tate Cantrell, chief technology officer at Verne Global, is responsible for setting the technical direction for the company. He oversees the design and construction of all aspects of the facilities at Verne’s 100 per cent renewably powered data centre campus. His breadth of responsibility also encompasses the setup and oversight of operational and security strategies at the Verne Global campus. Aside from his internal leadership, he has a broad range of external responsibilities including client relations and industry-related mentoring. Tate draws on 20+ years of experience in the data centre industry. His experiences range from system administration for high performance computing environments to design, strategy and operational oversight during his tenure as vice president of technology at Dupont Fabros Technology. Can you remember what job you wanted when you were a child? I wanted to be a hematologist. My brother had a serious battle with hepatitis when I was younger which at first they were sure was leukemia. We spent a lot of late nights at the Los Angeles Children’s Center waiting and wondering. I knew at that point I wanted to help people and that was clearly the most helpful thing I could think of. Luckily for all of us, youth was on his side and he pushed that disease into remission many years ago. The medical desires stayed with me and towards the end of my university studies, I turned my engineering studies to Biomedical Engineering. Did you have a clear idea of the career you wanted by the time you left school and has your career path gone the way you expected? After completing my Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, I decided to take a break before going into more advanced studies. I had become very interested in neural networks and chaos theory and considered either a pHd in Mathematics or a pHd in Biomedical Engineering. In order to help with the thinking process, I decided to go way outside of my element and landed in Fairbanks, Alaska, where I spent three years helping to design large power systems across the Lone Star State. I found this work very rewarding and interesting, and when I traveled back to the Eastern United States for a wedding, my own in fact, I found that the Internet Data Centre was just being born. I was lucky enough to land a position at the 14 meet me room TATE CANTRELL – VERNE GLOBAL Tate Cantrell, chief technology officer at Verne Global, is responsible for setting the technical direction for the company. He oversees the design and construction of all aspects of the facilities at Verne’s 100 per cent renewably powered data centre campus. His breadth of responsibility also encompasses the setup and oversight of operational and security strategies at the Verne Global campus. Aside from his internal leadership, he has a broad range و^\[\ۜX[]Y\[Y[Y[[][ۜ[[\K\[]YY[ܚ[ˈ]H]ۈ YX\و^\Y[H[H]H[H[\K\^\Y[\[HB\[HYZ[\][ۈ܈Y\ܛX[H\][[\ۛY[\Yۋ]YH[\][ۘ[ݙ\Y\[\[\H\XH\Y[وXH]\۝XXK[[H[Y[X\]؂[H[Y[[H\BH[’H[YHH[X]\ ^H\YH\[\]B]\]]\[H\[[\X]\^H\H\H\›]Z[ZXKH[Hو]BY]H[[\[[&\‚M[\Z][[ۙ\[ˈBۙ]]][H[Y[[H[]\X\HB[[[[H[[ًX[H܈[و\[]\ۂ\YH[H\Y]\X\B[[Z\[ۈX[HYX\YˈBYYX[\\\^YY]YH[\H[و^H[]\]BYY\H\Y^H[[Y\[œYY\[YYX[[[Y\[˂Y[H]HHX\YXHقH\Y\[H[YHB[YH[HY[\ž[\\Y\]ۙHB^H[H^XYY\\][^HX\\&\™YܙYH[[YYX[[[Y\[HXYYZHHXZYܙB[[[ܙHY[YYY\˂HYXYH\H[\\Y[]\[]ܚ[[[ܞB[ۜY\YZ]\H[X][X]X܈H[[YYX[[[Y\[ˈ[ܙ\[]H[[\HXYY™^H]YHو^H[[Y[[[Y[Z\[[\K\HB[YHYX\[[\Yۂ\H\\[\XܛBۙH\]KH[\ܚ\H]\[[[\\[[[H][YXHX\\[]Y]\܈HY[^Hۂ[X H[]H[\]]B[H\\Z[ܛH\›XH[Y[H][ۈ]B