the iland story

Where we’ve been, and where we’re going.

profiles in leadership

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”          —John Quincy Adams

Scott Sparvero, CEO and Co-founder

Scott Sparvero

Scott Sparvero is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of iland Internet Solutions. In 1994, Mr. Sparvero and business partner Brian Ussher took a big risk, leaving behind their already successful careers to satisfy their entrepreneurial ambitions with the founding of iland.  Since then, Mr. Sparvero and Mr. Ussher have successfully navigated iland through many changes in both the technology and business landscape.  Initially founded to develop websites, Mr. Sparvero and Mr. Ussher have continuously re-tooled and re-architected the company to stay ahead of ever changing industry requirements. Today, iland is an award-winning cloud infrastructure provider with eight datacenters across the globe and the industry’s top disaster recovery solutions.

Prior to iland, Mr. Sparvero pursued a medical degree and interned as a Research Technician at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston where he authored two research papers published in the Journal of Molecular Biology and in Regulatory Molecular Biology. Mr. Sparvero holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Boston University.

Brian Ussher, President & Co-founder

Brian Ussher

Brian Ussher is President and Co-Founder of iland Internet Solutions. Mr. Ussher co-founded iland in 1994 with Scott Sparvero, CEO. The cloud computing company was initially created to provide web application development services to small, mid-size and large organizations. In 2000, iland moved into the colocation, dedicated server and virtual hosting business in order to provide companies with flexible and secure hosting environments. This move became the catalyst for iland’s further expansion into over 50 markets throughout the United States and Europe and the company’s development of server virtualization and replication technologies. Mr. Ussher is responsible for leading and directing the company’s day-to-day activities and together with Mr. Sparvero, is responsible for iland’s strategic direction and growth as a global provider of cloud infrastructure solutions.

Prior to iland, Mr. Ussher developed software for a variety of verticals, including medical billing, construction, materials management, financial and POS systems. He also worked at Exxon, consulting and developing inter-company billing and tracking systems for core business functions such as telecommunications and document management. Mr. Ussher is well versed in Windows, Novell and UNIX systems, as well as network administration and application-level technical support.

Mr. Ussher graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

Justin Giardina, CTO

Justin Giardina

Justin Giardina is the Chief Technology Officer and oversees all aspects of iland’s global technical operations and strategy including design, implementation, and support. Under Justin’s leadership, iland has established a global cloud infrastructure footprint and been first to market with innovative public, private and hybrid cloud solutions for business critical production applications, virtual desktop and lab environments as well as business continuity and disaster recovery.

With more than 17 years’ experience in datacenter and network operations, Mr. Giardina speaks regularly on several topics including security, network and server virtualization, resource optimization and performance. He is a member of the VMware Partner Technical Advisory Board, an elite group of technical experts that provide new ideas and constructive feedback to help VMware develop product and service offerings that better meet the needs of customers and partners. Mr. Giardina also volunteers in his spare time as a systems administrator for several Open Source Community projects. Prior to joining iland, Mr. Giardina led network engineering and system administration teams for companies in the consulting and petrochemical industries including Texas Petrochemicals and Delta Petrochemicals.

Mr. Giardina attended the University of New Orleans and holds numerous industry certifications including Cisco, VMware, and Microsoft.

Dante Orsini, SVP of Business Development

Dante Orsini

Dante Orsini is Senior Vice President of Business Development and is responsible for the development and continued business relationships between iland and its strategic partners including VMware®, Dell, and Cisco. Under Mr. Orsini’s leadership, iland was awarded VMware’s Service Provider Partner of the Year for the Americas. He holds a seat on the VMware Service Provider Advisory Council – an organization that guides the direction of the vCloud provider community – and holds VMware’s VSP and VTSP certifications. Mr. Orsini’s business development and sales experience positions him as a leader with the creative ability to meet both customer and partner requirements. Mr. Orsini is regarded as a thought leader on cloud infrastructure and speaks on the topic at numerous events nationally and internationally.

Mr. Orsini has 20 years of experience in sales and business development providing enterprise software, managed services, and technology consulting to enterprise, mid-market and small businesses. Prior to joining iland, Mr. Orsini was Vice President of Corporate Development at CorePlus, Inc., where he developed a successful partner and indirect channel program, which was responsible for generating 90% of the overall company revenue, and targeted ISVs, SaaS, Enterprise 2.0 companies, VARs, Master Agents, and System Integrators. Mr. Orsini also managed product development targeted at horizontal and vertical markets; including financial, transportation, medical, legal, and non-profit organizations. Prior to CorePlus, Mr. Orsini held numerous sales leadership roles within a variety of IT and technology-related businesses.

Mr. Orsini holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal Communications and Business from Bowling Green State University.

Julien Anguenot, VP of Software Engineering

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Julien Anguenot serves as iland’s Vice President of Software Engineering and is responsible for the strategic vision and development of the iland Secure Cloud Console℠. Under his leadership, iland has introduced the innovative console which provides an intuitive interface that enables customers to easily ramp up cloud capabilities, control and predict costs, manage resources, maximize performance and enhance security and compliance.

Prior to joining iland, Mr. Anguenot was the Technical Co-Founder and CTO of Sofun gaming, an innovative start-up that revolutionized the betting industry on the newly regulated French market. Prior to Sofun, Mr. Anguenot held senior tech leadership positions at several open source content management vendors. Mr. Anguenot is an accomplished and organized software craftsman and open-source advocate with a creative and entrepreneurial spirit.

Frank Krieger, Director of Compliance

Frank Krieger

Frank Krieger is iland’s Director of Compliance bringing to the organization over 18 years of IT and Compliance background. Serving six years with the US Army and a graduate of Northern Michigan University’s Walker L. Cisler College of Business, Frank brings an agile and disciplined deep experience in enterprise IT Services, Operations, Governance and Compliance. Frank holds an ITIL v2011 Expert certification as well as a deep Six Sigma and SDLC background. Frank has been actively worked to bridge business and IT needs while ensuring regulatory adherence with operational and service delivery. Frank is a regular contributor to publications and articles on ITIL, Compliance and IT Service, often working with iland’s CTO Justin Giardina, most recently to address regulatory changes to US/EU Safe Harbor provisions and addressing the compliance and security requirements. Frank lives in Michigan with his awesome wife, Jacque, and over-hyper corgi, Charlie.