Steve O'Donnell

Steve O’Donnell has over 3 decades of global high technology experience. He is CTO at Amlin a UK based insurance business. He was Chairman & CEO at GreenBytes Inc (acquired by Oracle), a manufacturer of cloud scale ZFS storage software appliances. He is also founder at Cydetic Inc, an advanced Eidetic Data Reduction Security firm focussed on the protection of Databases. He was CEO at MEEZA, a Qatar Foundation Joint Venture, Managing Director at Milford MA based, analyst firm ESG, Global Head of Data Centre Operations at British Telecom (BT) and has held senior positions at Cable & Wireless, Lehman Brothers, and Deutsche Bank. He spends his time serving on fiduciary and advisory boards around the world. Currently he is Chairman of the Board at Lanix Limited, a UK based managed services provider and Preventia Limited, a specialist security vendor based in Albourne UK. He is Chair of the Advisory Boards at Violin Memory Inc of Mountain View CA and Rackwise Inc of Folsom CA. Steve is the author of "What Every CIO Wants - a guide for high technology salespeople" and is credited as the initiator of the Green Grid Data Center Maturity Model, now well on it's way to becoming an ISO standard for data center efficience and best practice. He is recognised as an expert in green IT and sustainability having won six industry awards including the British Computer Society best use of green technology award in 2007. He is a spokesperson for the IEEE on Cloud and IT Security and regularly hosts conferences and webcasts on these subjects. He is an acomplished speaker and moderator as well as working as an analyst and commentator in how high technology impacts business. He is an active angel investor and business leader, working in Solid State Storage, IT Security, Smart Grid, Sustainability, Data Centre cooling technology and the IT Services sector. Steve is an inventor and holds a number of patents in the data center liquid cooling area. In 1999 one of the companies he led as CEO won a Fast 50 special award from Deloitte & Touche for rapid company growth. Steve is a entrepreneur, and a global businessman, with a deep understanding of how to drive performance and efficiency in the organisations he manages. He has successful experience in six trade sales, two MBOs and an IPO. He is an active participant in social media with a loyal following on his blog http://www.thehotaisle.com and growing influence on Twitter @stephenodonnell.