Ian Evans currently serves as a Principal Solutions Architect in the Business Development department, and is also involved in WWT’s go to market strategy around new and exciting open computing models, specifically Open Compute, Intel Rack Scale and Open19.
Q&A with Ian Evans
- Tell us about your background and how you got into technology.
- I have always enjoyed working with technology. I started working on radios when I was a kid, which eventually turned into a love of computers and networks. I always enjoyed the limitless possibilities and innovation technology brings and how it can improve our daily lives. I currently have over 19 years of systems, network and cloud infrastructure planning/implementation experience, spanning multiple industries (healthcare, data center exchange, oil and gas, hospitality and DOD). While at Amazon and Verizon, I acquired a deep understanding of cloud backbone systems, processes, management tools and techniques necessary to construct, modify, operate and maintain a geographically disperse cloud architecture. In addition to a strong background in cloud and systems architecture, I have also held multiple director roles overseeing healthcare IT systems, data storage products and hospitality IT systems.
- Describe your role at WWT.
- I serve as Principal Solutions Architect within the Business Development team, although I am also involved in WWT’s go to market strategy around exciting open computing models, specifically Open Compute, Intel Rack Scale and Open19. My primary focus is to build and align automation frameworks around these platforms, making them open and easily consumable.
- What innovation is happening in your technology focus area that has you really excited?
- I am particularly excited about the software defined data center (SDDC). There are so many new technologies that can be implemented to finally help customers control cost, sprawl and simplify their provisioning and operating models in the data center. We are in a revolutionary state when it comes to unifying automation capabilities across private and public clouds and WWT is leading that charge with our strategic OEMs.
- Describe a recent interaction with a customer that led to solving a problem.
- I just worked on a major data center redesign effort for an organization with a rather large big data footprint. Similar to many other customers, they had major barriers with both cooling and power, and required a more creative solution to meet these constraints. Through multiple design sessions, we were able to combine Intel’s open Rack Scale design with highly optimized multi-node servers to meet the customer’s needs. Not only did this solution address the sprawl, power and cooling requirements across their data centers, but it also allowed the customer to harness a new level of hardware automation they did not know existed.