Global Director Data Center Solutions and Services, The Siemon Company
Carrie Higbie has been involved in the computing and networking industries for nearly 30 years. Carrie currently works with The Siemon Company as the Global Director for Data Center Solutions and Services in support of end-users and active electronics manufacturers. Services include data center infrastructure design, audits, migration and cabling abatement planning to name a few.
Carrie has affiliations with and/or participates in the following organizations: IEEE, TIA, COMMON, ASHRAE, USGBC, WGBC, ISO, The Uptime Institute, and various consortiums for standards acceptance. Carrie is Siemon's liaison into the company's participation into the Cisco® Developer Program, APC's BladeReady™ Program and works with other electronics manufacturers and system integration companies.
She has extensive background in all aspects of networking and application development as a consultant, project manager, and Fortune 500 executive running data centers with multimillion dollar budgets, and has taught at a collegiate level. She speaks at industry events, end user education forums and various conferences globally.
Carrie is an expert in TechTarget's Searchnetworking, SearchEnterpriseVoice, SearchVoIP and SearchDataCenters forums and is on the board of advisors. She contributes articles to these forums as well as SearchMobile, SearchSecurity, SearchWireless and SearchCIO covering various topics. Topics include technology planning, business continuity, budgeting, personnel management, certifications and security to name a few. She has been placed in the top 5 technical tips on TechTarget for the last 2 years in multiple forums. Globally published, she also writes for Network Performance, ZeroDownTime, DataCenter Dynamics, and various other publications. Carrie has won the "Communication News" Editor's Choice Award for two years.
She is the former President of the BladeSystems Alliance and member of the Board of Directors. She participates in the IDC enterprise expert panel, Uptime Institute, numerous green building panels and groups, the Ethernet Alliance, PMI, Share and various other industry panels. She is an RCDD/NTS and has had 38 certifications in the industry throughout the years. She has one telecommunications patent and one patent pending.
Carrie works with end users, consultants and designers providing assistance with data center designs, network designs, technology planning and network audits. Her speaking engagements on these subjects include Networld +Interop, Data Center Dynamics, Data Center Decisions, Networking Decisions, SecureIT, AFCOM, 7x24Exchange, Emerging Technology Forums around the globe and various sponsored webcasts. Her data center design assistance has been utilized in the Financial, Government, Healthcare, Education and Industrial/Manufacturing sectors with assistance towards compliance related tasks. She has participated in the design of numerous data centers in all tier levels for both end user and hosted facilities.