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NextDC appoints ex-Vocus exec Gardner to head of product role

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Adam Gardner (far right) and the NextDC team Adam Gardner (far right) and the NextDC team

Data centre provider NextDC has appointed former Vocus senior executive Adam Gardner as its new head of Products as it continues to pursue an “aggressive” growth strategy in the Australian market.

Gardner was general manager of Data Centres, responsible for the integration of both Vocus-owned and third-party data centre portfolios throughout the company’s 20 data centres.

David Dzienciol, chief customer officer and executive vice-president of Technology at NextDC, says the company continues to pursue “aggressive growth plans and Adam Gardner’s appointment is to further accelerate the development of our industry leading Data-Centre-as-a-Service platform that powers, secures and connects the infrastructure of the digital economy”.

NextDC says Gardner’s senior appointment is a strategic investment into a new product development and services strategy for the company.

“With his strong background in the data centre industry and over a decade of experience managing the operational requirements of data centres and networks throughout Asia Pacific, Mr Gardner will drive NextDC’s rapidly evolving product vision, enhancing its industry leading AXON elastic cloud on-ramp and DCI network solutions portfolio and supporting the launch of a new generation of data centre facilities,” the company says in a statement announcing his appointment.

Commenting on the role, Gardner said, ”With UTI Tier III and IV facilities and gold operational sustainability as the baseline, and NABERS 5 star and sustainable energy in the future, it’s an exciting time to join Australia’s most innovative data centre provider."

NextDC says a major objective for Gardner and his team will be expanding the company’s product portfolio to further extend its range of “industry leading offerings” – with a focus on optimising NextDC’s ONEDC data centre intelligence platform, launching new products and services to market including NextDC’s new data centre artificial intelligence machine learning platform, launching a new generation of facilities across the region and managing unique partnerships with carriers and cloud providers in response to “ever evolving opportunities emerging in the 4th industrial revolution”.

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