Up Close with Flexential’s Chris Downie at CAPRE’s Carolinas Data Center Summit “The Industry Has Evolved, But We’re Still in Early Innings”

CHARLOTTE, NC – One of the hallmark sessions of CAPRE’s Carolinas Data Center Summit was an up-close Q&A with Christopher Downie, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member at Flexential, formerly Peak 10 + ViaWest. Moderated by CAPRE’s President and Founder Brian Klebash, the session kicked off with a broad question for Downie about his perspective as a long-time, and highly respected, industry leader. “Tell us about the times you’ve witnessed things change more quickly than others,” Suggested Klebash. “And what is your perspective on where we are in IT today?” “Let me start by saying that it’s great to be here and it’s great to see everybody, including both industry colleagues and friends,” began Downie. “I’ve been at this for 28 years, but who’s counting? Just a little bit about my background – I spent 10 years as an investment banker, basically raising capital for emerging technologies. Back then, it was things like cellular, so obviously things have changed pretty dramatically.” From there, Downie just jumped head first into the operating world. “I started a telecom company – BroadStreet Communications – and saw it through a period of hyper growth and restructuring – a character building experience for sure. I was ultimately then recruited into a company called Telx,” he shared. “At the beginning of 2007, even though I’d been focused on technology and internet-related businesses for some time, I wasn’t really that familiar with the data center concept. And…