Verne Global Extends European Sales Presence into Germany

Andreas Sturm Appointed as Director of Business Development to Address Increasing Demand at Icelandic Data Centre

Apr 03, 2013, 08:00 ET from Verne Global


KEFLAVIK, Iceland, April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Verne Global, a UK-based developer of green energy-powered data centre campuses, has today announced the appointment of director of business development, to be based in Munich, Germany. Joining Verne Global from CommVault Systems where he was regional managing director, Germany, Austria & Switzerland, Andreas Sturm will support Verne Global's growth in the DACH region. Verne Global currently has sales offices in London and in the United States.

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As Verne Global's director of business development, Sturm will establish a local presence for Verne Global in Germany and will be responsible for developing growth of Verne Global's business in the DACH region. With 23 years experience working in channel and direct sales for technology companies in Europe, Sturm brings extensive industry knowledge and local understanding to the role. Sturm joins Verne Global from CommVault Systems, where he was responsible for all sales, presales and professional services in DACH. Sturm has held other senior sales roles at EMC, Veritas Software and Seagate Software.

Increased interest in Verne Global's Icelandic data centre facility from European-based customers is the result of rising and unpredictable energy prices, coupled with continued pressure on organisations to demonstrate a commitment to carbon reduction. Recently, Verne Global announced BMW group's decision to move high performance computing (HPC) applications to Iceland.

"Cloud, mobile and big data applications are generating increasing amounts of information for organisations to store, process and provision. Our data centre in Iceland helps meet these challenges by providing organisations with a clear view into energy use and cost, while also only using 100% renewable energy sources," said Jeff Monroe, CEO at Verne Global. "Sturm's experience will play an important role in explaining just how Verne Global can meet the data centre needs of DACH-based organisations, which face particular economic and political pressures to find more affordable, sustainable and predictable energy sources."

"Renewable energy is currently a very hot topic on the political agenda in Germany," said Sturm. "As the country seeks to move towards greener alternatives, there is a fantastic opportunity for German companies to take the lead in going carbon-neutral. By using data centre facilities like Verne Global's, businesses in Germany are already able to make significant reductions in their carbon footprint, mitigating the impact that their energy-intensive IT operations have on the environment."

About Verne Global
Verne Global is developing the data centre industry's first carbon neutral data centre campus. Verne's mission is to develop data centres in optimised geographic areas that offer companies the best total cost of ownership and 100% renewable power without a price premium. Currently in the first stage of development, Verne Global is constructing a 44 acre campus on the former NATO Command Centre in Keflavik, Iceland. With Iceland's favourable natural attributes and renewable energy resources, Verne Global can save customers as much as $100 million in ten years on energy costs alone. For more information, please visit

Verne Global has produced an animation illustrating how it helps organisations to support growing data centre demands, while mitigating damage to the environment:

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