Canara has added a highly-respected data center industry expert to its management team: Steve Manos has joined Canara as the company’s chief business officer. Manos will report directly to newly appointed CEO Tom Mertz and be responsible for all sales/marketing initiatives as well as developing comprehensive services to support clients’ needs.

Steve Manos joins Canara from Norland Managed Services where he was a General Manager-North America for the global provider of data center management services. Prior to his time at Norland, Manos was at Lee Technologies/Schneider Electric, where he was responsible for operations in the central region of the United States. His career also includes positions at Ascent Corporation, Midland and O/E. Manos is a regular speaker at data center industry conferences, and he has been a much sought after data center and IT infrastructure consultant for more than a decade through Manos Internetworking Group, his consultancy. Manos was educated at Drake University and is an active, accredited member of numerous industry associations and organizations that focus on best practices for IT infrastructure management.

“Steve is one of the most respected individuals in the data center industry. With his relationships, knowledge of the industry and ability to grow business from the ground up, he will be a terrific addition to the Canara team. I look forward to working closely with him to implement our growth plan,” said Mertz.

“Canara’s technology platform moves customers from a risk and react approach to predict and pre-empt model that eliminates battery failures, which are the number one cause for data center outages. That’s a unique value proposition in the industry,” said Manos. “Canara’s vision to extend this platform across all critical areas in the data center and then bundle it with world class service will truly help customers increase uptime, reduce capital and operating expense.”