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eBay appoints veteran to oversee data centre strategy

eBay appoints veteran to oversee data centre strategy

Online auction site eBay (www.ebay.com) announced on Tuesday it has named industry veteran Dean Nelson as its senior director of global data center strategy, architecture and operations.

Nelson will replace former eBay senior director of data center services and strategy, Olivier Sanche, who left the online auction site last month to head up Apple's global data center operations.

At eBay, Nelson will lead the company's data center strategy which includes completing the facility in Utah that is being built to LEED Gold standards and will showcase the latest innovations in electrical, mechanical and cooling technologies.

"We are bringing the best technologists into key leadership positions at eBay, and Dean will be responsible for driving the data centers which are at the very core of our business," says Mazen Rawashdeh, vice president of technology operations for eBay Marketplaces.

Nelson has already led a distinguished career in the field of data center technology innovation, being the founder of Data Center Pulse (www.datacenterpulse.org) and a long-time executive at Sun Microsystems (www.sun.com).

As the founder of non-profit organization Data center Pulse, Nelson has helped build the exclusive group of global data center owners, operators and users in 41 countries to more than 1,100 members.

The group lets data center professionals and clients network with one another to influence the industry through end users.

At Sun Microsystems, Nelson managed the company's global technical infrastructure which included more than $250 million in data center design and construction activity.

He also led different initiatives in support of Sun's eco strategy, including setting up many "Chill-Off" challenges. The experiments tested five modular cooling solutions to determine which solution was most efficient.

Nelson is also a frequent blogger and author of two whitepapers, which are currently in release, writing on the topics of energy efficient, environmentally friendly data center design and operation.

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