BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA, 07 April, 2020 – Cloudscene, a world-leading marketplace for cloud and connectivity, has today announced the appointment of an advisory board of industry leaders to provide expertise as the company continues its expansion plans.
The company welcomes the following members to the Cloudscene Advisory Board:
– Kevin Epperson, Director of Infrastructure Strategy, Netflix
– Chris Sharp, Chief Technology Officer, Executive Vice President Design & Service Innovation, Digital Realty
– Phil Lin, Director of Global Network Development, Amazon Web Services
– Bevan Slattery, Founder of Cloudscene, Superloop, Megaport, NEXTDC, SUB.CO, Biopixel, and Co-Founder PIPE Networks
“We are incredibly honored to have these industry luminaries join the Cloudscene Advisory Board. Each member brings to the table tremendous knowledge to help fulfil our vision of a completely digital procurement experience in the connectivity, cloud, and colocation marketplace,” said Belle Lajoie, CEO, Cloudscene.
On the state of digital procurement, Kevin Epperson said, “Purchasing infrastructure services has always been a time-consuming and complex process. The opportunity for the Cloudscene platform to simplify and streamline the procurement workflow of these services across the industry portfolio of colocation, cloud, and network will enable organizations everywhere to competitively acquire resources to enable their businesses.”
Speaking on Cloudscene’s vision, Chris Sharp said, “Interconnection plays a huge part in bringing together the disparate components of today’s enterprise network architectures. It’s also critical to facilitating cloud migrations from on-premises infrastructure as demand for digital transformation grows. However, organizations are still faced with navigating a complex and fragmented landscape of connectivity options.”
“Cloudscene uniquely provides a global marketplace and centralized platform for interconnection services and I’m looking forward to working with the team to accelerate the industry shift to digital business,” said Sharp.
On joining the Cloudscene Advisory Board, Phil Lin said, “With a great focus on digital transformation, businesses are modernizing and simplifying the way they work to ease the burden of a traditionally fragmented and manual process. Network procurement is no exception. I’m thrilled to be part of the team that is leading this space.”
Cloudscene Founder and Chairman, Bevan Slattery, added, “I’m excited to be joined by these industry friends who are as passionate as I am about finding a better way for everyone to source and sell connectivity more efficiently.”
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Kevin Epperson – Kevin Epperson is an established industry leader with experience in engineering, planning, and acquiring Internet infrastructure across multiple segments of the industry. Currently, he is responsible for global network infrastructure sourcing and strategy at Netflix, Inc. and has previously held positions at Microsoft, Cisco Systems, and Level 3 Communications. He is also a strong advocate for education and development of the next generation of industry professionals and has instructed over 500 students in Network Engineering and Internet Ecosystem subjects at the University of Colorado, Boulder over the past 20 years.
Chris Sharp – Chris Sharp has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry, with an extensive background in developing technology strategies in global markets. He has a deep knowledge of the data centre sector and is well positioned to expand technical innovation at Digital Realty. Most recently, he was responsible for cloud innovation at Equinix, where he led the development of innovative cloud services solutions and developed new capabilities enabling next-generation, high-performance exchange and interconnection solutions, facilitating broad commercial adoption of cloud computing on a global basis. Previously, Sharp held leadership positions at top network and colocation providers, including Qwest Communications, MCI/Verizon Business and Reliance Globalcom.
Phil Lin – Phil Lin has over 20 years of experience in Internet infrastructure, and has been an executive in a number leading companies in the space, including 21Vianet, Digital Realty Trust and Amazon Web Services, where he has been responsible for network strategy, edge colocation and data center capacity across key regions globally. As a private equity investor, he also developed the original business model for Metromedia Fiber Network, oversaw their successful IPO and debt offerings, and led its $2.7 billion acquisition of neutral data center pioneer (Abovenet/PAIX) in 1999. At 21Vianet, Phil was one of the four executives who led the successful roadshow and IPO in 2011. Phil is the co-author of a number of patents for content delivery.
Bevan Slattery – Bevan Slattery is a global leading technology entrepreneur, has founded some of the biggest technology success stories. Starting as a co-founder of PIPE Networks, Australia’s largest Internet Exchange and third largest metropolitan fibre network provider, Slattery sold the company to TPG in 2010. Since then, he has created Cloudscene, the world’s largest platform for searching cloud and connectivity services, Megaport, the global leading elastic interconnection provider, NEXTDC, Australia’s largest data center operator, Superloop, a Pan-Asian infrastructure-based telecommunications provider, and various other leading companies across Asia-Pacific and globally.