Peter Hannaford

Peter Hannaford, Founder and Chairman at Datacenter People (UK)

Peter has been involved with datacenters for almost 40 years, firstly as a computer operator, through programming and systems development, to starting his own company Waterfields in 1989, which became one of the biggest datacenter design & build companies in Europe before being sold in 2001.

His next venture was to found Tecnikon, which designed and patented the first water-cooled server rack with an integrated vertical cooling coil specifically for high-density computing. Tecnikon was acquired by APC in June 2003.

At APC Peter helped develop Tecnikon’s innovative cooling solution into one of APC’s most successful product lines, envied and imitated by a large number of competitors.

APC was itself acquired by Schneider Electric in February 2007, and as APC became more and more integrated into the Schneider organisation, Peter’s entrepreneurial instincts resurfaced and he left in September 2010 to form Datacenter People ( to offer specialist recruitment services and consulting to the datacenter industry.

Datacenter People is now the leading talent sourcing firm servicing the datacenter sector worldwide with offices in London, Singapore, Tampa and Dublin.

Now Chairman of the Datacenter People group, Peter currently focuses on Executive Search in the industry through the company’s subsidiary, Portman Partners.

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This profile is part of the Power 200 published in January 2019 edition of the Data Economy Magazine. The Power 200 is a biannual global list showcasing the 200 personalities around the world who are leading the data centre, cloud and data sectors through charting new innovations or technological breakthroughs, sheer investment or business acumen, or exceptional entrepreneurial skill sets. To access the full 2019’s edition, visit here.