Neal Kushwaha

CEO & Director of Professional Services

Mr. Kushwaha’s background focuses on the IT infrastructure, IT security, physical datacenter design, power, cooling, business processes, and IT consolidation. He is looking to help organizations large and small make their data centres work for them. He has helped private and public sector organizations with their data centre space, power, and cooling challenges and left them with solid ITIL based business processes. He is experienced in making changes to active data centres and designing/constructing new ones. With all that, Neal also commands an IT technical background to understand IT infrastructure and applications (from storage to hosting).

Summary of Qualifications

With over 22 years of experience in IT, Mr. Kushwaha has strong IT operational knowledge. He has successfully moved 30 data centres covering 3 continents. He was responsible for building the IT Operations team and business at the Bank of Canada where his data centre design and commissioning experience was put to the test and was recognized and commended by the advisor to the Governor. He has experience managing complete demolition-to-construction data centre projects managing the entire process of consolidation of IT services and equipment, the design, construction, cabling, and commissioning of a new data centre, and the move of IT hardware into the new space. Mr. Kushwaha was also a programme manager for the Nortel global data centre consolidation project that impacted data centres around the world over a period of almost 3 years. His most recent completed engagement was with Shared Services Canada where he was an advisor to ESDC’s national data centre consolidation and rationalization project.

Mr. Kushwaha’s experience doesn’t stop there, he has managed a wide range of IT related projects with budgets as high as nearly $30M and reported to chiefs of organizations. He enjoys juggling the time, cost, scope and quality of any project. He has strong negotiation skills and enjoys delivering presentations to all levels of staff and management.

Mr. Kushwaha is often requested to advise and guide private and public organizations with their data centre challenges by reviewing their environment and educating their staff on topics such as data centre Tiers, Green IT, and LEED best practices. He recently organized DCAR2015 and delivered 5 sessions including topics including as Cyber Security and Resiliency, Datacenter Consolidation, and Datacenter Operations. Mr. Kushwaha holds 3 valid security clearances, is certified by the Uptime Institute, and is fully bilingual. Mr. Kushwaha is also an accomplished mountaineer and was the lead of the spring 2014 Lhotse/Everest team.

Professional Development

  • Accredited Data Centre Tier Specialist (2010) - Uptime Institute, Seattle WA
  • Data Center Designs and ISS Technology Update (2010) – HP, Houston TX
  • Operationalizing Strategic Plans (2007) – Concordia University – John Molson School of Business
  • Gartner Data Centre World Conference (2006) – London, UK
  • ITIL V2 Foundation (2005) – IMP Solutions, Ottawa, ON
  • COMPAQ ASE Training (1998) – Compaq Canada, Vancouver, BC

Industry Certifications

  • Uptime Institute Accredited Tier Specialist (Since 2010)
  • ITIL Foundation (Since 2005)
  • HP Accredited Systems Engineer HP ASE (Since 1999)
  • HP Accredited Integration Specialist HP AIS (Since 1999)
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer + Internet MCSE+I (Since 1999)
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer MCSE (Since 1998)