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Technology drives humanity forward, solving problems and creating opportunity.  But it also creates environmental and societal challenges that can’t be ignored. Tech innovation is driving rapid evolution, yet with each new generation, we generate massive streams of e-waste. More people are connected to more things with more devices than ever before, even so, half the world’s population still isn’t online.  Open, hyperscale technology has enabled a handful of massive cloud service providers to achieve outsized returns, however, that same benefit has not trickled down.  While these issues are daunting, circular economic models are poised to deliver major advances that offer real, immediate solutions.  Let’s bring the dark underbelly issues of the tech industry into the light and take the opportunity at hand to come together to drive meaningful change that benefits all stakeholders

Submer is pleased to welcome Ali Fenn, President of ITRenew as a guest speaker for our webinar of July.

Guest Speaker: Ali Fenn

President at ITRenew

Ali oversees all revenue channels at ITRenew and leads strategy for the Company’s circular datacenter initiatives, including principally the development of modelling, analytics platforms, and new business and market development. Ali has been building enterprise and cloud technology companies for 20+ years, and previous to ITRenew, was the CEO of Impact Atlas, a real-time analytics SaaS platform company in the global development sector. Prior to that, Ali led WW market development for cloud systems and solutions at Seagate, and held executive leadership positions at Wyse Technology, BEA Systems, and several SaaS companies in the enterprise space. Ali holds an Economics degree from Yale and an EMPA from the London School of Economics.

  • Date: Wednesday 29th July 2020
  • Time: 9:00am PDT, 12:00pm EDT, 18:00 CET



In the last few years, the datacenter industry has witnessed a major change in the global compute capability, with an increasing shift of workloads from on-premise infrastructure to the cloud. A new study revealed that datacenters computing output jumped six fold from 2010 to 2018, with a general energy consumption rise of about 6%. In 2030, the energy consumption related to Internet traffic is expected to increase 21%. And 5G is going to be one of the main drivers of the next “data explosion“. Given that picture, how can the datacenter industry limit its energy consumption and, consequently, mitigate its impact on the environment? Maybe AI is the solution we are looking for…

Submer was pleased to welcome AI-expert Alex Palladini. Together with Alex, we talked about:

  • Global warming: future scenarios and key drivers
  • (Alarming) projections of power consumption in the next 10 years
  • 5G: power consumption and data tsunami
  • Data and power consumption: a hot coexistence
  • What’s the relation between machine learning and power consumption?

Guest Speaker: Alex Palladini

AI, Machine Learning and Audio technologist

Alex is a driven and motivated innovation leader with 14 years of experience in new product development, software engineering, strategic research and team building. Recently appointed Chief Research Officer at MUSIC Tribe, Alex has strong expertise in signal processing, machine learning and AI technologies in the context of audio and biomedical products.


Here you can watch the complete webinar which also includes the Q&A section.



Datacenters are not what you’d call an eco-friendly industry. Still, there are some inspired and inspiring projects showing us that sustainable innovation is not a myth and that datacenters can really be efficient and, at the same time, greener and smarter. Submer was pleased to welcome Lars Schedin, CEO at EcoDataCenter, the world’s first climate positive datacenter as our webinar guest.

Guest Speaker: Lars Schedin

CEO at EcoDataCenter

Lars is the CEO of EcoDataCenter (EcoDC AB), a company that provides the most sustainable and cost efficient, bespoke high-density colocation solution on the market in multiple sites in a CO² negative manner (according to Greenhouse Gas Protocol 1-3). Lars shared with us the thrilling journey to get EcoDataCenter up and running and we deep-dived into the sustainability aspects of their Carbon-Net-Zero facilities. He also shared some typical end-customer high-density insights and what the future has to offer EcoDataCenter and the colocation space in Europe.


In our 14th webinar, Lars Schedin, CEO of EcoDataCenter (EcoDC AB), shared with us the thrilling journey to get EcoDataCenter up and running and we deep-dived into the sustainability aspects of their Carbon-Net-Zero facilities.



Everyone has their own take on the Edge. What defines one of the central elements of the next digital revolution?

Together with Jacob Smith, CMO and co-founder at Packet, we touched various topics related to the Edge, such as:

  • What is the Edge and where is the Edge
  • Who does need the Edge?
  • Packet: building the Edge
  • The evolution of the Edge
  • The role of the Edge in Industry 4.0

Guest Speaker: Jacob Smith

CMO and co-founder at Packet

Co-founder and CMO of Packet (recently acquired by Equinix), Jacob has worn all of the hats at Packet: product, engineering,marketing and sales.

His favourites include coordinating outreach to the open-source & developer ecosystems and building alliances with silicon and other partners. Before starting his technology career, Jacob was a professional classical musician.


In our 13th webinar, together with Jacob Smith, we talked about various aspects of the Edge (what defines it, where it is, who needs it, how it will evolve, etc.) and the role of Packet in the next digital revolution.




Anyone following Submer knows that we are fervent supporters of OCP. Together with Lesya Dymyd and Adrien Badina of 2CRSi, and  Steve Helvie of OCP we talked about innovation, standardization, open source and we went through the roadmap of  OCP for 2020.

Among the topics we covered:

  • CP in the world: how the integration and the adoption of OCP standards vary from one continent to another
  • The current challenges with OCP adoption and OCP organization
  • The path from innovation to standardization
  • The contemporary scenario: who’s innovating and who’s not?
  • What are the hottest upcoming tech areas?
  • Planning and executing: how a big organization should embrace innovation?

Guest Speaker: Lesya, Adrien and Steve

Lesya Dymyd
‍Innovation Engineer at 2CRSi

With a Ph.D in management, a solid background in economics and technological innovation, Lesya is a EU Regional Lead at the Open Compute Project Foundation and a Strategic Innovation Engineer at 2CRSi, R&D. Lesya has acted in various roles, including research, corporate analysis, industry analysis, new process and project management. Lesya is known to be a voracious reader… at least 30 business books during the past 2019!

Adrien Badina
‍Chief Innovation Officer at 2CRSi

Adrien has been in the IT industry for more than 20 years and is an engineer in computer science. Working for large companies such as Alcatel and EDF (Es) as a consultant, allowed him to integrate project management and production constraints. Several years of experience working in local and Parisian SMEs allowed Adrien the flexibility and adaptability for successful development of these structures. Always passionate, curious and enterprising, he has been with 2CRSI for seven years now and is driving a creative dynamism by pushing the design office to propose their best innovations to a market focused on technological advances.

Steve Helvie
‍VP of Channel at OCP

Everywhere Steve goes, be sure he will find a way to go for a run. And truth is that Steve has seen his fair share of world: from US (BS in Agriculture Economics and MA in Economics) to Asia (acting first as a Manager and then as a Director at Microsoft for almost 10 years) and then to Europe (London) where he started his career as an evangelist of IT modernization and open-source software platform for cloud computing. Steve is the VP Channel of the Open Compute Project Foundation: if you’d like to join OCP, he’s the (big) guy you want to talk to. Probably while running, so you better be prepared.


In our 12th webinar, together with Lesya Dymyd and Adrien Badina of 2CRSi, and Steve Helvie of OCP, we talked about innovation, standardization, open source and we went through the roadmap of OCP for 2020.



Together with Daniel PopePol VallsScott Noteboom and Diarmuid Daltún, we looked back on 2019 and what happened in HPC, Immersion Cooling and other relevant news. In a more relaxed environment, we talked about:

  • Submer Highlights and Challenges
  • HPC Highlights
  • How Immersion Cooling is really becoming more than just a viable option
  • Other significant technological and geopolitical happenings
  • Looking to 2020, what Submer will bring the world

Guest Speaker: Daniel, Pol, Diarmuid and Scott

Submer C-Team


In our 11th webinar, together with Daniel Pope, Pol Soler, Diarmuid Daltún and Scott Noteboom, we looked back on 2019 and what happened in HPC, Immersion Cooling and other relevant news.