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Technology Leaders Inspire at Keynote Address in Cambridge

Monday 19 June 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amanda McFarlane
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Russell Poole, Equinix and Dean Nelson, Uber Compute


There was an impressive turn-out at the one-off keynote address on The Evolution of the Digital Age organised by CNet Training and Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, with two of the world’s most influential technology leaders, Dean Nelson from Uber Compute and Russell Poole from Equinix UK.


The keynote address kicked-off the official ‘bootcamp’ for the students of the world’s first and only Masters Degree in Data Centre Leadership and Management, originated by CNet and delivered with Anglia Ruskin University.  The elite list of students, comprising top professionals within the global data centre sector, travel from across the world to attend a three-day educational and inspirational experience, which also provides the opportunity to network with others on the Masters Degree.   


Andrew Stevens, CEO of CNet, provided the introduction followed by Russell Poole, managing director of Equinix UK. Russell highlighted the rapid pace of progression with the digital infrastructure industry with the on-going creation of huge volumes of data from all the devices we have today and how quickly it has progressed from the boxy desktop computers to the power we all carry around with us in the form of smart phones and other devices.  He spoke of the future digital interconnection needed to process and store this data, especially with more enterprises moving to the cloud. 


Dean, head of Uber Compute, took us on an inspirational journey of his career to date and how he has progressed up the technology ladder. He also discussed the need to look at the technology from a business perspective, to speak business language and ensure c-level personnel within facilities understand the cost implications and benefits associated with the recommended technological advances that are needed to shape, support and continue to progress the business.


Both Russell and Dean also mentioned the importance of people, from the perspective of focusing on people culture and surrounding yourself with nice, accountable and responsible people.  Equinix have 180 data centres throughout the world, Russell commented “Culture is everything to Equinix and it is the reason why we have been successful.”


Andrew Stevens comments, “I am delighted that global technology leaders Dean and Russell accepted our invitation to deliver the keynote in support of the Masters Degree. Their speeches were very well received and allowed degree students to benefit from one-to-one conversations with them.  I believe uniting technology professionals is a must to protect the future of the data centre sector and in support of the unprecedented growth we are seeing, we must plan for 100x growth and more.  With this in mind it is so importance for us all to share experiences and come together to address issues such as the skills shortage and ensure the human aspect of data centres remains a focus now and in the future.”


The next Masters Degree in Data Centre Leadership and Management enrolment is in September, for more details see


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Editors Notes:

Dated: 19th June, 2017

For immediate release.

Image Caption – Uber’s Dean Nelson and Equinix Russell Poole at the CNet and Anglia Ruskin Keynote in support of the Masters Degree bootcamp.


For further information, please contact Sarah Parks at CNet Training on +44 (0)1284 718417 or email



About CNet Training

International award-winning education company, CNet Training has been designing and delivering professional network infrastructure training programs since 1996.

Today, officially the largest education provider in the world dedicated to the digital infrastructure Industry, including the data centre and network infrastructure sectors, CNet is recognised throughout the world for being the global industry leader and the only dedicated education provider to award both internationally recognised qualifications and professional certifications, starting at level 3 and culminating with level 7 Masters programs.

A significant part of CNet’s history is the development of the highly acclaimed Global Data Centre & Network Infrastructure Education Framework, which offers industry professionals an opportunity to map and configure data centre education, qualifications and certifications to meet individual and business needs.

CNet Training delivers programs in locations across the world. In addition to its impressive client list of multinational organisations, the company is proud of its close associations with the world’s leading trade associations and industry bodies including the Data Centre Alliance, EUDCA, Infrastructure Masons, AFCOM, 7x24, Broad Group, Green Grid, ISO quality standards and Pearson. So trusted is CNet’s expertise that it also designs and delivers vendor-specific programs for many of the world’s leading manufacturers of data centre and network infrastructure solutions.

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