Former CenturyLink, Global Switch, and Microsoft data center executive joins RagingWire to drive superior operations in expanding wholesale colocation portfolio
RagingWire Data Centers, the nation’s premier data center provider and an NTT Communications group company, today announced that Joel Stone has joined RagingWire as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Reporting to RagingWire President Doug Adams and a member of the senior corporate executive team, Mr. Stone has responsibility for Critical Facilities Engineering, Design and Construction, and Data Center Operations, which includes Quality Assurance, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Design and Development, Safety, Electrical and Mechanical Construction, Critical Facilities Operations, Infrastructure Service Delivery, and Security.
“The market is responding positively to our wholesale data center solutions, which deliver flexible configurations of multi-megawatt vaults and an operational model that complements and extends our customers’ information technology teams,” said RagingWire President Doug Adams. “We wanted a proven data center operations executive as our Chief Operating Officer with a track record of delivering both mission critical availability and significant growth. We are pleased that Joel Stone, with his global experience at CenturyLink (formerly Savvis Communications), Global Switch in Europe, and Microsoft, is joining RagingWire as our COO.”
Joel Stone has 25 years of broad-based operations, integration, transformation, and technical experience in the data center, IT infrastructure, and telecommunications industries. Most recently, Mr. Stone served as Vice President of Global Data Center Operations for CenturyLink, responsible for 60 data centers around the world and a global team of 600 people. Prior to CenturyLink, Joel was Group Operations Director at Global Switch in London, one of the largest wholesale data center providers in Europe, and spent nine years at Microsoft responsible for 16 data centers in North America, 300,000 servers, storage area networks (SANs), and network devices, and a team of nearly 500 internal and external resources. Earlier in his career, Joel engineered the build-out of two state-of-the-art data centers in Silicon Valley (Santa Clara) for Cable & Wireless Communications, and held senior technical roles at a subsidiary of Sylvan Learning Systems, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).
Stone commented, “I am excited to be joining RagingWire at this strategic moment in their growth. The fundamentals of the data center colocation industry are strong and RagingWire’s wholesale strategy is sound. Now is the time for superior execution.”
Part of NTT Communications, RagingWire is one of the largest wholesale data center companies in the world. The company operates nearly 1,000,000 square feet of data center space in the United States. On April 28, 2016, RagingWire held the ribbon cutting grand opening of its second mega data center in Ashburn, Virginia, expanding that campus to nearly 300,000 square feet of space and 28 megawatts of power. In 2015, RagingWire opened its new CA3 Data Center in Sacramento, California creating a total campus of 680,000 square feet and 53 megawatts of power which offers enterprises a unique data center solution of seismic stability and low-cost power without having to leave the state of California. RagingWire has also broken ground on 78 acres of land in Ashburn with plans to build a 2,000,000 square foot campus, and is building a 1,000,000 square foot data center campus on 42 acres of land in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area.
About RagingWire Data Centers
RagingWire Data Centers designs, builds, and operates mission critical data centers that deliver 100% availability and high-density power. The company currently has over 80MW of critical IT load spread across nearly 1 million square feet of data center infrastructure in Northern California and Ashburn, Virginia, with significant growth plans in both locations, Texas, and other top North American data center markets. As an NTT Communications group company, RagingWire is one of the most financially strong companies in the data center industry and is part of the global network of 140 data centers operated by NTT Communications under the NexcenterTM brand. For more information visit www.ragingwire.com.