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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 start construction in March 2014 and 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.