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Steve Harris

Steve Harris

Vice President, Data Center Development, Forsythe Data Centers

As vice president of data center development, Steven Harris is leading Forsythe’s newest business launch, a multi-tenant data center of private suites that will operate under the name Forsythe Data Centers, Inc. Forsythe Data Centers' Elk Grove Village, IL facility will be ready for tenant occupancy in early 2015.

Harris has more than 25 years of project management and 20 years of data center design/build, consolidation and assessment experience. His areas of expertise include data center design, project management, data center assessment & optimization, floor plan layout and workflow analysis. He also has extensive experience in data center site selection and real estate lease/purchase negotiation and administration. He has been the lead in proposing and managing data center design/build, reorganization and consolidation projects ranging from 500 square feet to 300,000 square feet and has managed a data center portfolio in excess of 35 sites and 2 million square feet.

Harris joined Forsythe in 2002, and previously served as director of data center engineering, bringing Forsythe's comprehensive capabilities to clients, and working with them to address their data center facility planning/design needs as well as expansion and consolidation opportunities.

Prior to joining Forsythe, Harris served in a similar capacity, initially as project manager, and eventually as director of facility project planning, for the disaster recovery division of Rosemont, Ill.-based Comdisco, Inc. (now SunGard Recovery Services, LP).  Before Comdisco, Harris was a special projects manager focused on product and physical site selection for a number of IT systems at United Airlines.  He began his career as a COBOL programmer and conversion analyst.

A respected industry expert, Harris has been published and quoted on the topic of data center best practices in a variety of tech industry publications including Data Center Knowledge, Network World, Data Center Management, Processor, and IT Business Edge. 

Harris holds a bachelor’s degree in technical resources and management from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and a second bachelor’s degree in computer science, with honors, from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago.

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Recent Articles by Steve Harris

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How to Prepare for the Data Center Facility of the Future

How data center managers can get ready for the future data center.
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The Data Center: Now and in the Future

What the data center of the future may look like and how IT pros are managing today's data centers.
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An Inside Look Into a Twin Data Center Design and Build

A financial services organization needed a data center that could meet current and future technology demands.
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Gimmes for a Greener Data Center: 8 Ways to Save You Money

Short-term green opportunities within your data center environment that can save you money.
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From Gray to Great! Rejuvenating the Aging Data Center

Tips on how to extend your data center's useful life.
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The Green Data Center: Saving the Environment and Your Money

It pays to know what options you have when it comes to a greener data center.