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Leadership Perspectives: 25 Years with Chris Askew  

Chris Askew

Navigating the Convergence: Ascent’s Turn-Key IT Solutions and Services in the Ever-Evolving Data Center Landscape with Chris Askew

As part of Ascent’s “Leadership Perspectives” blog series, I’m excited to share my experiences and viewpoint of how the industry has evolved in the last 25 years. Specifically, how IT services are at the forefront of consideration for customers, now more than ever.

In the dynamic world of data centers, the symbiotic relationship between Information Technology (IT) and facilities management has become increasingly crucial. This interconnectedness is further exemplified by Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) systems, which seamlessly link the IT load to optimized facility operations. As the industry evolves, the role of IT has expanded, and Ascent has not only recognized this shift but has taken proactive steps to address the changing landscape.

The onset of the global pandemic acted as a catalyst, bringing IT and facilities even closer together. With a substantial impact on IT staffing and service delivery, the pandemic underscored the need for a more integrated and responsive approach to support the evolving needs of mission critical facilities.

In response to this paradigm shift, Ascent identified a growing need for turn-key IT site services to provide comprehensive support to customers navigating the complexities of changing work models, work windows, and workforce dynamics. This foresight led to the inception of a new suite of services designed to meet the evolving demands of the data center landscape.

Leveraging our extensive expertise in data center challenges and a deep understanding of the pivotal role played by IT in this environment, Ascent is uniquely positioned to fully support the IT needs of mission critical facilities. Our comprehensive services cover everything from IT Data Center Operations, SmartHands, and network cabling within the racks to overseeing DCIM systems that monitor both IT and physical infrastructure. We extend our support to the technology facilitating building automation, security, management, and controls.

Data centers can only operate safely and efficiently when equipped with compliant IT solutions and fault-tolerant, always-online products. Ascent takes pride in enabling our customers to achieve just that. Our turn-key IT services are designed to securely integrate with the intricate web of technologies that power mission critical facilities, ensuring optimal performance and reliability.

Ascent is no stranger to the constant flux of technology, especially in today’s bandwidth hungry world. We understand that the one constant is actually change, and we are dedicated to developing our in-house expertise across new technology solutions. This commitment ensures that our clients benefit not only from our current capabilities but also from our ongoing efforts to anticipate and adapt to the evolving needs of the data center landscape.

As I reflect on how much the data center industry has changed over the course of the last 25 years, with its abundant future looming on the horizon, one thing remains clear — Ascent remains dedicated to empowering and supporting our client’s mission critical facilities with solutions that deliver confidence and efficiency.

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