GabeColeGabe Cole

Chair, Data Center Standards @ Open-IX; CEO, RTE Group

Gabe Cole has over 15 years of experience in infrastructure, network, and data center design, development, assessment, and operation. Mr. Cole has advised clients on, and participated in, numerous deployments, consolidation, transactions, financing, and restructuring projects.

He has frequently taken extended roles in managing complex infrastructure projects for clients. Mr. Cole recently completed the launch of Lokahi Solutions, a Hawaiian based provider of data center and desktop virtualization services.

From 2009-2010, he served as Senior Vice President of Cloud Services of Virtustream, a virtualized SAP hosting company. In that role, Mr. Cole directed the acquisition of four data centers in the US and UK, as well as managed the deployment of cloud platforms; design and implementation of a fault-tolerant network; and SAP Hosting certification; and successful on-boarding of the launch clients.

Prior to that, Mr. Cole was founder and launch CEO for Verne Global, a developer of highly energy-efficient data centers and cloud services offerings based in the Republic of Iceland.

In the late 1990s, Mr. Cole was one of three founders of CO Space, Inc., a leading provider of colocation and data center facilities and related operations services to the telecommunications, data, and Internet markets. CO Space was acquired by Internap Network Services Corporation in 2000.

Mr. Cole holds SB and SM degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.