Former CyrusOne CEO Wojtaszek joins board of Snowhorn’s star

Former CyrusOne CEO Wojtaszek joins board of Snowhorn’s start-up

02 March 2021 | Alan Burkitt-Gray

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Former CyrusOne CEO Gary Wojtaszek has joined the board of Quantum Loophole, the data centre start-up led by Josh Snowhorn.

Wojtaszek (pictured) was president and CEO of CyrusOne for nine years until February 2020. He is also on the board of GDS, a Nasdaq-listed data centre company in China.

Snowhorn, who was VP and general manager of interconnection at CyrusOne for six years until April 2018, when he left to found EdgeMicro, last week announced that had raised an initial US$13 million in seed funding for Quantum Loophole.

The new company, based in Austin, Texas, will aim for “highly sustainable, environmentally-sound data centre developments at scale”.

Wojtaszek said: “The data centre industry is growing quickly; however, it is under tremendous pricing pressure. Most data centre designs being deployed today are too costly and inefficient and will be challenged to meet the computing power needs required to support the shift towards AI focused data centres.”

He added: “By contrast, Josh’s approach to building ‘data centre cities’ that are ethically planned with sustainable power practices is ground-breaking. His approach of marrying massively scaled facilities with shared resource allocation should result in the lowest cost data centres in the country and I’m excited to be a part of this team, which will reshape the way data centres are planned, deployed, and managed.”

Snowhorn said of Wojtaszek: “It is truly a testament to our vision of bringing a new wave of environmentally and socially responsible data centres to market through master planned data centre developments delivering gigawatt levels of critical power.”

Quantum Loophole announced a number of other board members, including Mike Benham, former energy trader with Vitol, who is also an investor; Tom Daly, a Quantum Loophole investor, global internet infrastructure professional and advisor at Fastly; and investor Tom Natelli, CEO of privately held real estate investment and development concern, Natelli Communities.