• I thought Dublin was great. And, maybe more importantly, getting better each year! Simon Allen Membership Secretary UK Data Centre Interest Group

Carol’s career in telecoms has been with & for US Multinationals and tracked their evolution from Managed Services through to Infrastructure deals both in Ireland and Internationally. Most recently she was Head of Sales for Aqua Comms and involved in the business case, funding & customer engagement of their first two cables. Within her consulting activity Carol works with companies embarking upon subsea investment or development of new routes.  Carol is a graduate of UCD.

Robin Steinbrecher is a former Intel principal engineer with more than thirty years of experience at Intel and IBM in computer thermal design, silicon power and thermal management, and data center cooling integration.  He has designed and developed cooling systems for air- and liquid-cooling IT equipment while ensuring industry readiness for future compute technologies.

He is the past chair and research chair of ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.9, and has co-authored many of the ASHRAE Datacom series of publications including ‘Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments’, ‘Power Trends and Cooling Applications’ and ‘IT Equipment Design Impact on Data Center Solutions’.

LINX is a world leading Internet Exchange Point (IXP), running multiple exchanges across the UK and North America. We have over 20Tb of connected capacity, over 800 members across the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and North America and we see over 75% of the global Internet prefixes at LINX.

I have been with LINX for the last 3 years, heading up technology and engineering. Working to deliver world class peering platforms, supporting an ever-increasing volume of Internet traffic, regional peering initiatives and driving through a full end to end network automation platform that works with both, fully integrated network solutions as well as network disaggregated solutions. Previously I have held various technology centric positions within the telecoms and financial services industries, including Colt Technology Services and Bloomberg.

John is a well known figure in EU data centre circles, primarily for his role as reviewer for the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres (Energy Efficiency) (EUCOC) programme and his work with the Certified Energy Efficiency Data Centre Award which assesses data centres to a subset of the EUCOC best practices.

He is also the chair of the Data Centre Alliance’s Energy Efficiency & Sustainability steering group, shaping the DCA’s policy on these topics as well as providing support to the DCA in other steering groups and the Alliance’s wider activities.

He is the V Chair of the BCS Green IT and the Treasurer of the Data Centre specialist groups.

He also represents the BCS on the BSI IST/46 Sustainability, for and by, ICT which works on the Data Centre KPI’s, and for the DCA and Carbon3IT Ltd on the TCT7/3 committee that works upon the EN50600 Data Centres Design and Build Standards.

He runs his own Green IT consultancy, providing support to organisations that are preparing to adopt various data centre standards including the more general standards such as Quality, Environment, Business Continuity, Information Security, and Energy Management.

John is a lead auditor for ISO50001 and is a ESOS registered Assessor.

Fran McFadden is the Commercial Connections Manager with Gas Networks Ireland and is responsible for the connection of all industrial and commercial customers to the natural gas network nationwide.  Fran’s team is focused on growing the number of commercial customers on the Gas Networks Ireland natural gas network and driving existing natural gas customers towards more efficient and more environmentally-friendly use of energy in their business.  Fran has worked in Gas Networks Ireland for over ten years and prior to this held various sales management positions in the telecommunications sector.