InterGlobix Magazine
Volume 1
Issue 4, 2020

Anniversary Edition
Read the stories featured in the launch edition of InterGlobix Magazine. The subject of our exclusive Cover Story is Infrastructure Masons: The Builders of the Digital Age. Discover the origins, leaders, and initiatives of the Infrastructure community.

INSIDE THE 1ST ANNIVERSARY EDITION

  • EDDIE SCHUTTER

    CTO, SWITCH


    Inspiring Sustainability is one of four strategic priorities for Infrastructure Masons. This is something that is deeply personal to many of our members, including myself. Our industry continues to grow, and it is more important than ever to exercise stewardship and make sure that this growth happens in a sustainable way.

  • MARICEL CERRUTI

    PRINCIPAL AT TELADATA


    The vision of the D&I Committee is to increase and develop the number of under representative groups working in the global digital infrastructure industry and build an inclusive industry to retain this talent. The charter’s mission is to raise awareness for the digital infrastructure industry and create opportunities, provide strategies, and tools to bring to the vision to life.

  • JULIE ALBRIGHT

    LECTURER, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


    Scholarships are also a key pillar of our education strategy: Our galas in Monaco and Silicon Valley and the more intimate global “Food For Thought” dinners have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support promising students like Parastoo, 50% of which are earmarked for women to drive diversity and inclusion. Our goal is to raise a $1 million endowment; we’re a third of the way there, and have awarded scholarships to students in 23 eligible programs at 13 different institutions globally.

  • OLIVER JONES

    CEO, CHAYORA


    Raising the awareness of the digital infrastructure industry is important at many levels. We want to ensure access to great employees by inspiring young people’s career choices; to be able to secure necessary investment to support global development coverage and technology access; to encourage collaboration across geographies; and to increase the numbers and diversity of our active membership which in turn leads to deeper pools of expertise to support problem solving and innovation.

  • Dean Nelson


    CEO, VIRTUAL POWER SYSTEMS

    Over my 30-year career, a very important truth has emerged. The world has become dependent on digital infrastructure. Without the foundation that the iMasons professionals build and operate, the world would stop. The COVID-19 pandemic has elevated this fact on the world stage. Digital infrastructure has now been classified as an essential service like electrical power, gas, and water. The foundation of the modern world is built on digital infrastructure and we are all becoming more dependent upon it every day.

Dean Nelson

CEO, VIRTUAL POWER SYSTEMS


Over my 30-year career, a very important truth has emerged. The world has become dependent on digital infrastructure. Without the foundation that the iMasons professionals build and operate, the world would stop. The COVID-19 pandemic has elevated this fact on the world stage. Digital infrastructure has now been classified as an essential service like electrical power, gas, and water. The foundation of the modern world is built on digital infrastructure and we are all becoming more dependent upon it every day.

OLIVER JONES

CEO, CHAYORA


Raising the awareness of the digital infrastructure industry is important at many levels. We want to ensure access to great employees by inspiring young people’s career choices; to be able to secure necessary investment to support global development coverage and technology access; to encourage collaboration across geographies; and to increase the numbers and diversity of our active membership which in turn leads to deeper pools of expertise to support problem solving and innovation.

JULIE ALBRIGHT

LECTURER, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


Scholarships are also a key pillar of our education strategy: Our galas in Monaco and Silicon Valley and the more intimate global “Food For Thought” dinners have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support promising students like Parastoo, 50% of which are earmarked for women to drive diversity and inclusion. Our goal is to raise a $1 million endowment; we’re a third of the way there, and have awarded scholarships to students in 23 eligible programs at 13 different institutions globally.

MARICEL CERRUTI

PRINCIPAL AT TELADATA


The vision of the D&I Committee is to increase and develop the number of under representative groups working in the global digital infrastructure industry and build an inclusive industry to retain this talent. The charter’s mission is to raise awareness for the digital infrastructure industry and create opportunities, provide strategies, and tools to bring to the vision to life.

EDDIE SCHUTTER

CTO, SWITCH


Inspiring Sustainability is one of four strategic priorities for Infrastructure Masons. This is something that is deeply personal to many of our members, including myself. Our industry continues to grow, and it is more important than ever to exercise stewardship and make sure that this growth happens in a sustainable way.

  • TOM FURLONG

    VICE PRESIDENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE, FACEBOOK


    At Facebook, we strive to be creative in identifying and hiring candidates from across a variety of verticals and backgrounds, but there’s always more we can do. In this current environment where we’re still building awareness of our industry, one way to proliferate the talent base is through a succession model. With every new person that comes in from a different industry, we should encourage them to bring others in their network onboard.

  • PETER GROSS

    BOARD MEMBER, VIRTUAL POWER SYSTEMS


    The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the extent our world is relying on technology. I believe that even after this crisis will pass, its lasting effect will be that our dependence on information technology and communication will become even more vital. Every aspect of civilization, every region of the globe will see an acceleration of our society’s Digital Transformation.

  • JIM SMITH

    MANAGING DIRECTOR, HYPERSCALE EQUINIX


    Over the years, I have tried to encourage women, and propel their participation in technology, science and engineering. The issue hits close to home because I have a 19-year-old daughter, who is studying bioorganic chemistry. I started paying attention to this cause and the lack of involvement of women in science-related fields when my daughter was in high school.

  • CHRISTIAN BELADY

    GENERAL MANAGER, DATA CENTER ADVANCED DEVELOPMENT, MICROSOFT


    As an industry we grew so rapidly that post 2005-2010 innovation had stopped and we got complacent about how we operated datacenters. PUE had a role in terms of making the datacenters more efficient, but there was another challenge ahead of us. We could not hire enough people. This prompted me to join a university advisory board to create a Datacenter Master’s Degree and Systems Engineering Master’s Degree. We needed more people in our industry and we needed diversity of thought.

  • JOE KAVA


    VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL DATA CENTERS, GOOGLE

    All four pillars are key tenets that I am passionate about and advocate for in this industry and at Google. I was honored to be the first and only person to receive the fourth degree of iMasons recognition because of my work and contributions within these four pillars. I believe firmly that the future of our industry is dependent upon our ability to expand awareness and career opportunities for previously underrepresented groups.

JOE KAVA


VICE PRESNDENT, GLOBAL DATA CENTERS, GOOGLE

All four pillars are key tenets that I am passionate about and advocate for in this industry and at Google. I was honored to be the first and only person to receive the fourth degree of iMasons recognition because of my work and contributions within these four pillars. I believe firmly that the future of our industry is dependent upon our ability to expand awareness and career opportunities for previously underrepresented groups.

CHRISTIAN BELADY

GENERAL MANAGER, DATA CENTER ADVANCED DEVELOPMENT, MICROSOFT


As an industry we grew so rapidly that post 2005-2010 innovation had stopped and we got complacent about how we operated datacenters. PUE had a role in terms of making the datacenters more efficient, but there was another challenge ahead of us. We could not hire enough people. This prompted me to join a university advisory board to create a Datacenter Master’s Degree and Systems Engineering Master’s Degree. We needed more people in our industry and we needed diversity of thought.

JIM SMITH

MANAGING DIRECTOR, HYPERSCALE EQUINIX


Over the years, I have tried to encourage women, and propel their participation in technology, science and engineering. The issue hits close to home because I have a 19-year-old daughter, who is studying bioorganic chemistry. I started paying attention to this cause and the lack of involvement of women in science-related fields when my daughter was in high school.

PETER GROSS

BOARD MEMBER, VIRTUAL POWER SYSTEMS


The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the extent our world is relying on technology. I believe that even after this crisis will pass, its lasting effect will be that our dependence on information technology and communication will become even more vital. Every aspect of civilization, every region of the globe will see an acceleration of our society’s Digital Transformation.

TOM FURLONG

VICE PRESIDENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE, FACEBOOK


At Facebook, we strive to be creative in identifying and hiring candidates from across a variety of verticals and backgrounds, but there’s always more we can do. In this current environment where we’re still building awareness of our industry, one way to proliferate the talent base is through a succession model. With every new person that comes in from a different industry, we should encourage them to bring others in their network onboard.