Otto de Roo
Otto de Roo is a Dutch national who has over25 years of experience in ICT of which more than 10 years are in the data centre business. Before joining EPI he was managing 13 mission critical data centres in Europe for a large data centre operator. He dealt successfully with all data centre aspects such as daily operations, Green initiatives and many other matters. Otto has been involved in many new-build data centres, deploying new technologies such as Kyoto cooling, Hypoxic based fire prevention and various other technologies. He had also initiated various data centre renovation and data centre migration projects. One of his main goals in running the operations was a tight Security policy and he succeeded in getting all his data centres to comply with ISO 27001, the PCI DSS standard and a number of the data centres also complied with SAS 70. Otto is well travelled and has a passion for learning about different cultures and exploring them to the fullest. He adapts very easily to any situation with a great level of flexibility. Otto has a patient personality. He has educated many people on data centre related topics. Otto participates in a variety of forums where many people has gained knowledge from his broad experience.
Affiliations and Honours
Otto is an active member of a number of data centre professional groups, helping the data centre community with his lessons learned on-the-job to the benefits of other professionals. He is a well-sought speaker for various events.
Otto is a person who has mentored many others to get the most out of their existing data centres whilst minimising the risks of down time and achieving good results in operational efficiencies. He was awarded a “1000 days without down time” certificate by one of the largest oil companies in the world.
Otto has been a driving force in his previous organisation and took upon himself the initiative to introduce an environmental approach within the data centres facilities to realise a reduction of 20% in power consumption during the last few years and planned another 10% for the upcoming years. Otto set up and trained employees to form a lean-and-mean but well-oiled team in a competitive environment to ensure a maximum operational efficiency with a Tier-4 level availability.
He holds the EPI instructor certificate for CDCP, CDCS, CDFOM and CDMS and over the last 3 years with EPI, he has successfully trained more than a thousand students in over twenty countries, all over the world. His students are impressed by the way he can link the data centre course content to real life examples based on his own experiences.