29 November 2021
When Covid-19 started to rapidly spread around the world and governments began to introduce lockdowns, working from home was suddenly thrust upon many. Not only did these employees have to adjust their working styles and environments, but IT teams had to scramble to very quickly stand up new platforms and systems to enable this suddenly highly distributed remote workforce. Similarly, as consumers, we had to find new ways to shop, socialise and entertain ourselves, increasingly through online services and applications.Find out more
16 November 2021
The University Technical College in Heathrow (UTC Heathrow) has unveiled an exclusive new Digital Futures Programme - a curriculum aimed at giving students the best possible start to a career within the Digital Infrastructure Industry.
This industry first was developed in collaboration with leading industry organisations and allows students to gain the essential knowledge and skills needed to thrive in technical careers within the data centre sector.Find out more
16 November 2021
Kao Data, the specialist developer and operator of data centres for enterprise, cloud, HPC and AI, has appointed Matthew Harris as its chief financial officer (CFO).
Following his position as managing director at Goldacre Noé Group, Kao Data’s original founders and investment firm, Harris joins the company’s c-suite, having overseen the financial evolution of the business from inception.
During his time with Goldacre, Harris played a crucial role in securing investment into Kao Data from Legal & General Capital in 2019, and overseeing the investment of up to £130m from New Zealand-based investors Infratil Limited last month. Further, his strategic appointment comes at a transformative point in Kao Data’s development as it moves from a single-site campus to a 55MW multi-site operator, having recently acquired two new data centres with a long-term anchor lease from a large financial services business in the UK.
As CFO, Harris will work directly alongside CEO Lee Myall, CTO Gérard Thibault, COO Paul Finch and Vice President, Spencer Lamb, to help spearhead the next phase of the company’s growth, engaging with new and existing customers within the financial services, life sciences, enterprise, and cloud sectors.
“Having been firmly engaged with the company’s vision and its growth strategy from inception, I’m delighted to have joined Kao Data formally, as its CFO,” saidHarris. “Kao Data is truly on the cutting-edge of tech, working with some of the industry’s foremost thought leaders and engineers to push the boundaries of design and innovation. Our facilities have been engineered to support the UK government’s National AI Strategy and have created a blueprint for the future of high performance data centres.”
12 November 2021
What was your big career break?
My official cybersecurity career started when I was working in a product support role at WatchGuard. A co-worker and the manager of a threat research team spotted that I had some security expertise and a passion for it, which I shared with customers as security advice beyond their core problem. He invited me to be one of the security and technical experts on our booth at the RSA Conference. Little did I know, this was a test to see if I could become a network security analyst and join his team. I passed and set out on the path to my career in cybersecurity and current role as CSO for WatchGuard.