Datacenter People Creates Cloud Services Division

November 14, 2018 – U.K.-headquartered recruiting organization Datacenter People has announced plans to expand its practice to include recruitment in the cloud services division. The expansion stems from accelerated growth of cloud services in the datacenter industry, the company said.

The rapid growth of cloud services has been expected by many industry experts. Three years ago, a Cisco report predicted that cloud traffic would account for 83 percent of total datacenter traffic by 2019. Cloud traffic is a subdivision of datacenter traffic and is generated by cloud services available through the internet from virtualized cloud datacenters.

Digital disruption, including Mobility, IoT, AI and other emerging solutions, are pushing organizations to think and behave differently, said Datacenter People. The rise of software defined networking (SDN) tools is expected to increase network interconnection and digital transformation, both in the enterprise and datacenter environments.

A New Subsidiary

Datacenter People has noticed a change in the requirements to identify datacenter talent in these areas for clients and companies, including global requests for datacenter professionals, the company said. In May, Datacenter People announced the formation of Portman Partners, an executive search subsidiary to help support the expansion and new requirements for talent.

Portman Partners focuses on recruiting C-level leadership and senior executive roles within the datacenter and cloud industries, said Datacenter People.

“This is a new chapter in the growth of the firm” said Peter Hannaford, founder of Datacenter People. “We’re well established and have built a loyal following from our clients with whom we enjoy repeat and regular business. Our work has brought us into contact with many of the leaders in our industry who now form part of our extensive global network.”

Finding the ideal candidate to fill a vacancy on an executive board, in a senior team or for a specialist position requires the services of a consultancy with an intimate inside knowledge of the datacenter industry and the digital economy that it supports, said Mr. Hannaford. “Recruiting for C-level executive and leadership positions requires a different approach to traditional recruiting,” he said.

Finding Talent Fast

“And while clients may decide to look outside the industry to bring in new ideas, our intimate knowledge of the datacenter and associated landscapes can ensure that the right senior executive with appropriate skills qualities can be rapidly found to effectively manage the tasks in hand,” said Mr. Hannaford.

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Mr. Hannaford, who remains chairman of Datacenter People, moved over to Portman to focus on leadership positions. He handed the managerial reins of Datacenter People to Steve Brown, who joined the company in 2012. Mr. Brown has over 35 years’ experience in technology and telecoms executive search and recruitment.

“Our clients have told us that traditional executive search firms just don’t understand the special nature of our sector” said Mr. Hannaford. “So we’re hoping that this new focus will continue to deliver the same level of personal service at board level, be it permanent hires or the provision of consulting, advisory, non-executive directors or simply the provision of interim executives – very experienced and highly qualified senior executives for full-time assignments for fixed terms, typically between six and 12 months, and at short notice, to provide cover during mergers and acquisitions, business transformations or crisis management.”

Datacenter People was formed in 2010 as a talent acquisition firm to focus on the datacenter industry worldwide. The company works with clients in the internet and cloud infrastructure sector, from hyperscale operators to regional colocations, designers, builders and plant and equipment manufacturers around the world, providing talent with skills ranging from executive management, sales, engineering, software and operations. The group has offices in London, Singapore, Dublin and Tampa, FL.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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