Teraco Data Environments http://www.teraco.co.za, South Africa`s first provider of vendor neutral data centres, has appointed Brendan Dysel as its facilities manager.
Originally hailing from Port Elizabeth, he returns to South Africa bringing a decade of expertise in facilities management and engineering in some of the world`s most advanced data centre operations.
Prior to Teraco, Dysel worked at Credit Suisse, an international financial services group, where he was the engineering manager. This entailed looking after all 11 of the company`s UK data centres, including a new £52 million facility in Slough. Before that, he was the data centre manager at data centre maintenance contractors, Elyo Services and Johnson Controls (for Morgan Stanley).
Dysel brings to South Africa a methodical approach to data centre design, build, management and preventive maintenance. His experience will give Teraco a solid foundation for growth, while ensuring Teraco lives up to its promise of global best practice as the company expands.
Dysel will work closely with Gys Geyser, head of operations at Teraco, to manage and oversee provisioning from utilities and infrastructure development at the company`s multiple sites. His responsibilities will include process and procedure management, demand forecasting, capacity management and the implementation of additional power efficiency improvements to ensure clients see steady advances in cost saving techniques. His priority project will include overseeing the design of phase two of the Cape Town data centre, and the commissioning of the fourth data centre in Durban during the first quarter of 2011.
“Brendan brings us a wealth of experience in managing large-scale, mission-critical data centres to complement our existing mix of skills,” says Lex van Wyk, managing director of Teraco. “He also has experience in information systems for the financial sector, which has incredibly strict standards and procedures. This will further raise the bar at Teraco, giving our customers a great deal of confidence that their valuable information systems are safe with us.”