Live Chiller-Side Chat scheduled for Monday

I just wanted to send a quick reminder that if you are interested, I am scheduled to give another Live Chiller Side Chat hosted by Rich Miller, editor of DataCenterKnowledge.  The last time we did this we got a ton of great participation and lively interaction.   Topics ranged between Cloud Computing, infrastructure, data center design, data center containers, construction, IT Operations, scale, processes and more. 

If you have a spare hour on Monday at 12:00pm (US Central Time) I would love to spend some time with you.  You can Register by going to the Digital Realty Trust Website.

I have attached the official information blurb about the event below.

Digital Realty Trust and Data Center Knowledge would like to invite you to participate in this live Q&A session with Mike Manos one of the datacenter industry’s leading visionaries and strategists.

Monday, December 7, 2009

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Central

This unique forum provides you the opportunity to share your thoughts, questions or opinions with one of datacenter industry’s preeminent authorities. The datacenter industry is facing a number of critical issues including the impact of impending regulation and Mike will be responding to your questions on this topic and more. Please plan on attending this special event to learn more about the views and perspectives from your fellow datacenter professionals.

Michael Manos, is the Senior Vice President of Technical Services at Digital Realty Trust. Mr. Manos is a 16-year veteran in the technology industry and most recently was responsible for the global design, construction, and operations of all of Microsoft’s datacenter facilities.

Rich Miller is the founder and editor of Data Center Knowledge, a leading source of daily news and analysis about the data center industry. At DCK, Rich has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities. Rich has been closely tracking the data center sector since 2000 and has been quoted in The NY Times, Wired, The Washington Post, MSNBC, Computerworld, Wall Street Journal, The FinancialTimes, Newsday, The Miami Herald, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Seattle Post-Intelligencer and many other leading technology and business publications.

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A look back and a look forward…

For those of you who are not on the Digital Realty Trust email distribution for such things, I recently did a video for them on some reflections of the past and looking ahead with regards to the data center industry, technologies, and such.  You can find the video link here if your interested.   

I for one would never trust some data center dork in a video.

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More Chiller Side Chat Redux….

I have been getting continued feedback on the Chiller Side Chat that we did live on Monday, September 14th.  I wanted to take a quick moment and discuss one of the recurring themes of emails I have been receiving on the topic of data center site selection and the decisions that result at the intersection of data center technology, process and cost.    One of the key things that we technical people often forget is that the data center is first and foremost a business decision.  The business (whatever kind of business it is) has a requirement to improve efficiency through automation, store information, or whatever it is that represents the core function of that business.  The data center is at the heart of those technology decisions and the ultimate place where those solutions will reside.  

As the primary technical folks in an organization whether you represent IT or Facilities,  we can find ourselves in the position of getting deeply involved with the technical aspects of the facility – the design, the construction or retro-fit, the amount of power or cooling required, the amount of redundancy we need and the like.  Those in upper management however view this substantially in a different way.    Its all about business.  As I have gotten a slew of these mails recently I decided to try and post my own response.  As I thought about how I would go about this, I would keep going back to Chris Crosby’s discussion at Data Center Dynamics about two years ago.   As you know I was at Microsoft, at the time and felt that he did an excellent job of outlining the way the business person views data center decisions.    So I went digging around and found this video of Chris talking about it.  Hopefully this helps!  If not let me know and I am happy to discuss further or more specifically.

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Live Chiller Side Chat Redux

I wanted to take a moment to thank Rich Miller of Data Center Knowledge, and all of those folks that called in and asked and submitted questions today in the Live Chiller Side Chat.   It was incredible fun for me to get a chance to answer questions directly from everyone.   My only regret is that we did not have enough time!

When you have a couple of hundred people logged in, its unrealistic and all but impossible to answer all of the questions.  However, I think Rich did a great job bouncing around to clue into key themes that he saw emerging from the questions.    One thing is for sure is that we will try to do another one of those given the amount of unanswered questions.  I have already been receiving some great ideas on how to possibly structure these moving forward.  Hopefully everyone got some value or insight out of the exercise.  As I warned before the meeting, you may not get the right answer, but you will definitely get my answer.  

One of the topics that we touched on briefly during the call, and went a bit under-discussed was regulation associated with data centers or more correctly, regulation and legislation that will affect our industry.    For those of you who are interested I recently completed an executive primer video on the subject of data center regulation.  The link can be found here:

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Data Center Regulation Video.

Thanks again for spending your valuable time with me today and hope we can do it again!

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Upcoming Webinar on Modular Data Centers

On June 22, 2009 I will be hosting a free webinar for Digital Realty Trust on Modular Data Center approaches. Its a topic I have some expertise on and quite a bit of passion around.  So I hope to not embarrass myself too thoroughly. If you have interest in the future of where data center construction, application, support and maintenance is going this might be something worth attending.   We will also touch on emerging technologies such as modular IT configuration and IT Containers and their where they might be of benefit.  

As I mentioned its a free event and you can register for it here

Digital actually has some very good taped webinars on a variety of Data Center topics you might find interesting.  The like to their video library can be found at this link.

The official blurb on the talk follows:

Digital Realty Trust would like to invite you to join us for another in our series of informational webinars. The Industrialization of the Datacentersm has given birth to a variety of modular development methods. From PODs to containers, end users are overwhelmed by a number of options and are often unsure of the best method to use for their particular application.

Monday, June 22, 2009

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Central

In this webinar Digital Realty Trust will present the various modular alternatives that are available to today’s datacenter customers and the strengths and weaknesses of each. This presentation will also help provide attendees with a clear understanding of the potential uses for each modular approach and which datacenter requirements each is best designed to address.

Space is limited! Click here to reserve your space.

This webinar will be presented by Michael Manos, Senior Vice President of Technical Services at Digital Realty Trust. Mr. Manos is a 16-year veteran in the technology industry and most recently was responsible for the global design, construction, and operations of all of Microsoft’s datacenter facilities.

Hope to see you there!

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