Data center leader Olivier Sanche passed away Thursday as reported in Data Center Knowledge of a reported heart attack. It is with great sadness to hear this news. Olivier was an industry friend, a fellow leader of energy efficiency ideas. He was blessed with thinking differently about approaches to data centers, a trait he developed before working for Apple, Inc, where he has provided global data center leadership since August of last year.
Olivier and I shared many ideas together at industry meetings about metrics, efficiency and often the sharing the same message, that still the most efficient data center is the one we do not build.
I know the Apple team will miss him terribly, as he was loved by the team of fine folks there, helping to drive positive change within the organization he was building and thinking differently about data center solutions.
It was only a month ago that he and I shared a dinner together. He shared his love of his daughter and his passion for wanting the most environmentally efficient and sustainable data centers. Just over a week ago we exchanged emails, phone conversations and in typical Olivier style, several text messages.
A few months ago we were sitting next to each other with Chris Page of Yahoo at a data center conference, and we shared frustration about how most of the speakers were selling product instead of sharing ideas. He was fun to be around.
I have many other fond memories of Olivier, in which he shared his passion and visions for a more sustainable data center industry. Olivier, your ideas and passion will be sorely missed. You will be missed as a data center leader. But even more so, for certain, your love for your family and daughter.
Au revoir Olivier. We will raise a toast to you.