Built the 1st carrier-neutral SuperPOP datacenter in the heart of Silicon Valley for $20m.
Acting General Manager
Director Systems and Network Operations
November 1998 to April 1999
The California Globix Corporation – globix.com
Santa Clara (Silicon Valley), California
Globix’s main focus:
Being the largest ISP in the state of New York, the company started a spin-off in California to built the first pick-your-carrier “Super-POP” datacenter of its kind – in the heart of Silicon Valley across the Great America Amusement Park, to use this show-case data center for investors to raise the funds to build at least 20 more of these around the globe.
The mission was to build this datacenter from the concrete slab up, hire all staff, and finish it to a fully operating, turn-key solution as quickly as possible – “money is no object”. And perform all investor tours personally. I built Globix’s first state-of the-art Super-POP data center on Mission College Blvd in Santa Clara, and administrated the $20,000,000 budget, oversaw the construction process and internal (technical) build-out.
- Built, staffed, and managed first $20 million “SuperPOP” second-generation data center for Globix
- Developed & implemented operational business plan, then implemented for all future Globix data centers
- Conducted all data center investor presentations and contributed to the raise of $600 million in capital
- Planned, built, and managed:
- Core network architecture and local integration,
- Fiber feeds and peering agreements,
- Power grid connections (Santa Clara City Power and PG&E)
- Hired core technical and operational staff,
- Planned and staffed 7×24 NOC coverage,
- Built and staffed for professional services business model, which I developed for the company (applied to all Globix Super-POP data centers worldwide).
- Consulted clients on co-location/internet presence including:
- Network Appliance,
- Kinetics/US Filter,
- Gadzooks Networks,
- … and many others.
- Presented the data center and professional services model to many investors, thus contributing to the successful funding by venture capital and institutional investors in excess of $600 million (see 2018 screenshots at the end of the gallery).
In hindsight, I should have taken more pictures; at the time, however, I was so busy, and did not think much about documentation. I had just started with digital photography (so much more efficient than the ol’ film), but the available cameras were rather pitiful by today’s (2018) standards: I used a Nikcon Coolpix 100 (pictures at the end of the gallery) with very low resolution. With it, I could at least snap quick pictures: