RagingWire Data Centers Hires Joel Stone as Chief Operating Officer (COO)

RagingWire Data Centers, a wholesale data center solutions company with over 80MW of critical IT load spread across nearly 1 million square feet of data center infrastructure in the U.S., has announced that Joel Stone has joined RagingWire as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Reporting to RagingWire President Doug Adams and a member of the senior corporate executive team, Joel Stone has responsibility for the company’s Critical Facilities Engineering, Design and Construction, and Data Center Operations, which includes Quality Assurance, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Design and Development, Safety, Electrical and Mechanical Construction, Critical Facilities Operations, Infrastructure Service Delivery, and Security.

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“The fundamentals of the data center colocation industry are strong and RagingWire’s wholesale strategy is sound,” said Joel Stone.

Joel Stone has 25 years of broad-based operations, integration, transformation, and technical experience in the data center, IT infrastructure, and telecommunications industries. Most recently, Mr. Stone served as Vice President of Global Data Center Operations for CenturyLink, responsible for 60 data centers around the world and a global team of 600 people.

“I am excited to be joining RagingWire at this strategic moment in their growth,” said Joel Stone. “The fundamentals of the data center colocation industry are strong and RagingWire’s wholesale strategy is sound. Now is the time for superior execution.”

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Prior to CenturyLink, Mr. Stone was Group Operations Director at Global Switch in London, one of the largest wholesale data center providers in Europe, and spent nine years at Microsoft responsible for 16 data centers in North America, 300,000 servers, storage area networks (SANs), and network devices, and a team of nearly 500 internal and external resources.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Stone engineered the build-out of two “state-of-the-art” data centers in Silicon Valley (Santa Clara) for Cable & Wireless Communications, and held senior technical roles at a subsidiary of Sylvan Learning Systems, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

“The market is responding positively to our wholesale data center solutions, which deliver flexible configurations of multi-megawatt vaults and an operational model that complements and extends our customers’ information technology teams,” said Doug Adams, President of RagingWire. “We wanted a proven data center operations executive as our Chief Operating Officer with a track record of delivering both mission critical availability and significant growth. We are pleased that Joel Stone, with his global experience at CenturyLink (formerly Savvis Communications), Global Switch in Europe, and Microsoft, is joining RagingWire as our COO.”

Part of NTT Communications, RagingWire is one of the largest wholesale data center companies in the world. The company is part of the global network of 140 data centers operated by NTT Communications under the Nexcenter brand.