QTS Names Former National Geospatial Intelligence Agency CIO to its Federal Advisory Board
Overland Park, Kan. (February 3, 2018) – QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), a leading provider of software-defined data center and managed services, today announced that Dr. Robert Laurine, Jr has joined its new Federal Advisory Board.
The QTS Federal Advisory Board is composed of six thought leaders from the federal government, IT and cybersecurity industries, each with deep expertise in the public sector. As the marketplace continues to change dramatically, QTS will leverage the Board’s insights to help shape its federal and government hybrid data center roadmap.
Currently, Dr. Laurine is the Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer for the University System of Georgia. In this role, he oversees the technology solutions for the 26 public colleges and universities in the state.
Previously, Dr. Laurine served as the Chief Information Officer for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) where his responsibilities included enabling the power of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) by leading NGA and the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG) with planning, managing, and protecting GEOINT information technology, enterprise architecture, and standards.
"We are honored to have Dr. Laurine join our Advisory Board," said Dave McOmber, Executive Vice President, Public Sector & Federal, QTS. "He adds exceptional Federal leadership and knowledge as we expand our focus on providing industry-leading compliant hybrid data center solutions to the federal marketplace."
Commenting on his appointment, Dr. Laurine said, "QTS has assembled a highly accomplished group. I look forward to collaborating to assist QTS in addressing technology and infrastructure issues facing public sector IT professionals.”
Dr. Laurine graduated from the University of Maryland with Bachelor degrees in Geology and Computer Science, and holds a Master of Science in Computer Science and a Doctorate of Science in Engineering Management from The George Washington University. He was honored in 2011 with the National Intelligence Superior Service Medal and in 2009 with the Presidential Distinguished Executive Award for his extraordinary accomplishments and service to the national security community. Other previous awards include the Presidential Meritorious Executive Award and the National Intelligence Award for Information Sharing.
QTS Government Solutions
QTS’ portfolio of highly compliant hybrid solutions is engineered to address the complex challenges facing public sector IT professionals. QTS has delivered 100% Authority To Operate (ATO) success across civilian, defense and intelligence agencies. In addition to being its third year with a Provisional ATO from the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board (JAB), QTS Government Solutions supports more than 60 ATOs with federal, civilian and DoD agencies. QTS maintains strong relationships with GSA, JAB and third party assessment organizations and offers a partner enablement program for ATO attainment, providing significant cost savings while streamlining the path to authorization.
QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading data center and managed cloud provider, offering a comprehensive portfolio of IT solutions built on the industry's first Software-Defined Data Center Platform. QTS owns, operates or manages more than six million square feet of data center space throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. QTS provides cutting-edge technology; flexible, scalable infrastructure; and an industry-leading customer experience to more than 1,100 technology companies, enterprises, and government entities. Visit QTS at www.qtsdatacenters.com, call toll-free 877.QTS.DATA or follow on Twitter @DataCenters_QTS.