John Laban

EMEA Reset Catalyst, OCP

John Laban started as a telecommunications technician in the London Stock Exchange working on the design, build and support of mission critical financial trading systems.

John was fast tracked by British Telecommunications through a two year post graduate management diploma to become the planning manager for the London Docklands Development Project. This was were he was part of the design team for Telehouse which is now London Internet Exchange Number One, and during the 1990’s and the growth of the internet this data centre became the initiation and central point for the world’s largest cluster of data centres.

On leaving BT John created several businesses in the data centre and information transport systems industry including the Network infrastructures for Ford’s including development of their global standards and guidelines for factory networks.

During the late nineties whilst working in Canada John became the first European Bicsi RCDD professional and he then set up a Bicsi training business and as a Master Instructor provided training in Europe and Africa. John is a celebrity in Africa as the man who came here to teach the continents first Bicsi RCDDs.

John sold his data centre design and build business in 2010 and was then part of the small team that initiated the Data Centre Design Awareness course through DataCentreDynamics and during a six year period John taught over one thousand people globally.

John also has a unique specialism from his experiences in Turkey and New Zealand designing siesmically hardened data centres.

During a consultancy assignment with Facebook John discovered Open Compute and for the past three years has supported the non profit Open Compute Project Foundation and the rapidly growing European OCP community.

John is highly regarded in the data centre industry and was nominated as a top fifty influencer in the EMEA Data Centre industry during 2017 and prior to this a top ten mover and shaker in the UK industry.

John has a passion for open source solutions and his presentations are always guaranteed to inform, educate and entertain.


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