Chris Hipp is a technology visionary, blade industry pioneer and tireless evangelist for efficient computing. In late December 1999, Mr. Hipp co-founded RocketLogix, Inc. with partners John Harkey and John Cracken in pursuit of dramatically improved data center efficiency. There, he originated, designed and patented the then revolutionary concept of low power consumption, ultra-dense Blade Servers. Based on this potentially disruptive innovation, RocketLogix was able to raise $59M in venture funding and soon thereafter became RLX Technologies.

Mr. Hipp served as RLX Chief Technology Officer through 2001, and in May of that year RLX introduced its first product, the System 324. The System 324 was at that time the world’s first ultra-dense blade server system and it ignited a major shift in server hardware architectures. RLX was number five on Red Herring’s top 10 companies to watch in 2001 and received the praise of numerous articles and analyses predicting the rise of blade computing.

In 2002, RLX continued to innovate its integrated hardware platform and the complex software required to manage it. Despite a poor economic climate, the company persevered to become a leader in the emerging blade computing market. During 2002, Mr. Hipp served as market and technology evangelist for RLX and worked closely with Los Alamos National Laboratory on the launch of the widely acclaimed “Green Destiny” cluster. Aptly named, Green Destiny was the first serious research effort to bring efficiency to High Performance Computing (HPC).

Before founding RLX, Mr.Hipp founded and operated a Silicon Graphics (SGI) Value Added Reseller (VAR) business in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. The company, Digital Media Performance Labs (DMPL), specialized in selling high-end servers, networking, systems and software for graphics and video editing. The company was the first exclusive Discreet Logic high end systems reseller and provided end-to-end support and services to TV stations, post houses, animation companies and agencies in the Texas/Oklahoma region.

Mr. Hipp ended his two and a half year odyssey at RLX in September 2002 and moved to Silicon Valley in order to pursue opportunities which address new and emerging markets. He remains committed to efficiency in computing and has been working with several promising technology start-ups that allow him to apply his strong creative vision and inventive problem solving ability. Mr. Hipp is a natural artist and his formal background is in graphic design and illustration.

Mr. Hipp has received numerous industry awards and is the holder of 4 patents referring to RLX’s blade server system architecture and has another 2 pending. He has been an invited speaker and guest participant in numerous industry conferences:

    Rocky Mountain Institute ­ Integrated Design Charrette:
    Design Recommendations for High-Performance Data Centers.
    Participant and guest speaker.

    Server Blade Summit: Guest speaker and panel moderator
    Server Blade Trade Association: Founding member

    Energy Service of the Canton of Geneva (ScanE):
    International Conference, Rational Use of Energy in Data Centers.
    Geneva, Switzerland 2004