Marius Žalinauskas, CIO
1. How did you start working here?
-It's quite simple, actually. Me and Remigijus (CEO) have founded the company in 2001 and being a co-founder does not really leave much of alternatives at the beginning. I am still passionate about my job and I keep involved with a company in one way or another all the time.
2. What are the responsibilities of your position?
-Most of my responsibilities are related to solving and managing problems of the staff, systems and procedures on a technological frontier. I am also involved in R&D, QA and training/consulting of our tech and non-tech staff.
3. Tell us about your education.
-My Alma Mater is Kaunas University of Technology. I have a Master degree in Software Engineering.
4. What inspires you in this job?
-Challenges and learning new things. I still wake up in the morning and can't wait to see what the day will bring.
5. Which parts of this job are the most challenging for you?
-Working with people, that's for sure. Everyone is a unique personality, everyone has different needs. Making everyone happy and motivated for a sake of a team is really challenging.
6. What are the competitive advantages of your data center?
-We are flexible and we have passionate technical support staff. Unlike giants of the industry we can afford implementing custom solutions quickly and pretty much all the time. And being passionate about my job also means I hire people that are also passionate about theirs.
7. How do you see the development of data center industry in 5 years?
-I predict lots of merges and acquisitions. The industry will be divided by big players, offering standard configurations and smaller players that will be able to compete with ease as they will have lots of interesting services and configurations to offer.
Cloud will be pretty much everywhere, it might become so natural, people might even stop asking for it.
Bare metal servers won't go away. Cloud will still has its limitations only bare metal servers can overcome.
8. What do you think are the most important things in the data center`s work for your clients?
-Confidence. Everyone who hands part of their business to be run on somebody else's infrastructure must have confidence in them. Reliable systems and support is a part of it.
9. What's the last professional book you read? Which one would you recommend?
-"The Docker Book" by James Turnbull. Very well written book on Docker containers.
I am not very keen on giving book recommendations, but if you insist... I recommend "Time Management for System Administrators" by Thomas A. Limoncelli for every system administrator or anyone having lots of interruptions out there. I am not that much in the system administration now, but I still use (somewhat adapted) ideas from that book on a daily basis.
Then comes "Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap … And Others Don’t" by James C. Collins. An extraordinary book that makes a business picture more consistent.
11. What is your personal mission statement?
-It's all good in the end. If it's not good, it is not the end.
It might be funny to hear that from me, because most of the people who know me could bet I am very far from being an optimist. But that way of thinking helps me going on every time I have personal or professional downs. And the exciting part is, you don't have to be a sworn optimist to exploit that :-)
12. What professional advises would you give for your clients?
-Tell us what you are trying to achieve and we'll tell you how can you do that with our infrastructure and systems. You are the one who knows best of your business requirements. We are the ones who know best of our capabilities. Let's talk and we'll find the most optimal solution possible.