i2Coalition Member Spotlight: ServerHub
i2Coalition member ServerHub is a global Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider that specializes in dedicated server provision and cloud-based virtualization.
We connected with ServerHub Business and Sales Director John Brancela to discuss data center dynamics, the growth of the cloud, and the power of love.
i2Coalition: Can you give us the elevator pitch for ServerHub?
John Brancela: We specialize in providing end to end Infrastructure as a Service, bare metal, and the ability for enterprise customers to scale their platforms using our Infrastructure. ServerHub has actually been around for longer than the big cloud companies, including AWS.
[Note: “bare metal” refers to physical servers in a data center, while “virtual” refers to a private area in a virtual machine. As the name suggests, “hybrid cloud” describes a combination of cloud provision technologies for advantages in speed, latency, and/or cost.]
i2Coalition: Your core values consist of community, innovation, commitment to customer satisfaction, and love. Tell us where love fits into server management!
JB: Everyone on our team really does love what they do, and they have a passion for customers. We’re technology enthusiasts at heart!
i2Coalition: You have 11 data centers on the go right now, with all but four of them in the United States. Where do you want to pop up next?
JB: Our data centers outside the U.S. are in Toronto, Warsaw, Frankfurt, and Amsterdam right now. We’re looking to expand into Asia next as well as increase our footprint in Europe.
i2Coalition: Why did your team find it important to join i2Coalition?
JB: We’ve been in the industry for quite some time, and have long been fans of what i2Coalition does. This felt like the right moment to take a more active role in the industry we love so much.
i2Coalition: Which i2Coalition initiatives connect most deeply with ServerHub’s own culture and goals?
JB: I would say the Insight and Innovations Working Group is right up my alley. Also, the VPN Trust Initiative is important, and we’d like to take part in that.
i2Coalition: Where does government policy interface with your work on a daily basis?
JB: Dealing with data requests from governments and law enforcement is part and parcel of running a cloud service provider. We don’t hand data out like candy, so it’s important to not only have our own specific guidelines around protecting user data but also to have a voice in establishing industry-wide standards to ensure that our customers and the internet community as a whole have a voice and are protected from overreach.