Tony Day was most recently a Director Business Development within the IT Divisions Office of the CTO at Schneider Electric, prior to his retirement in November 2019. He was responsible for working with clients to develop integrated data centre design solutions, including liquid cooling of ITE devices and prefabricated and preassembled data facilities, for cloud/hyper-scale, colo, enterprise, and the edge.
A Chartered Architect and mechanical engineer with broad experience in both industrial engineering and construction industries. The latter included running his own professional design practice and forming an integrated building consultancy with two colleagues from structural engineering and quantity surveying practices, providing design authority, project and cost management services to clients. The focus being on construction of highly serviced environments such as materials and waste recovery facilities, industrial laboratories, computer rooms, financial trading floors, and data centres.
His career started with an R&D engineering background in industrial gases, followed by design in voltage and current control equipment, aviation, petrochem and production engineering in electronics, and digital telecommunications.
Following deregulation of the power and telecoms market in the 90’s as Technical Director of a data centre D&B company he was responsible for the planning, design, and construction of over six million square feet of data centre facilities across the UK and Europe. As Managing Director of an associated data centre infrastructure company, he developed the first industry multi-storey prefabricated and standardized modular data centre, exhibited at ECTA in Vienna in 2000. Designed and wrote the patent for the first industry micro hub and in-row cooling system in 2002, for which he received a UK Government DTI Smart Award and financial grant for technical innovation in March 2003.
He joined APC in May 2003 as Chief Engineer Rack Cooling Solutions following their acquisition of his company and patent. One of the first users of the APC micro-hub variant was by Sauber Petronas F1, the Swiss racing team based in Hinwil, for housing their ‘Albert’ supercomputer, for the largest development wind tunnel in grand prix motor racing. Early adopters of the In-Row variant included Ferrari for their wind tunnel computer facility in Maranello, and it went on to become one of the most successful and widely ‘adopted’ technologies for data centre cooling around the globe.
He joined Schneider Electric when APC was acquired by them in 2007, undertaking a range of roles within the Innovation Solutions Group and CTO Office, including project management, development and manufacturing of ‘proof of concept’ prefabricated power and cooling modules, and due diligence for potential adoption of various liquid cooling technologies.
Both company and The Green Grid representative on the original EU Code of Conduct: Energy Efficiency for Data Centres committee meetings. Member of various The Green Grid Work Groups. Former Company representative on Birmingham City University Industrial Advisory Board and Chair of the Data centres Professionalism Group at industry body tech UK.
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