Monday, December 3, 2007

Energy-IT: Cooling the Data Center

Wednesday, December 5, 2007; 7:30am registration; 8-9:00am Keynote; 9-11:00am Panel Discussion; Foley Hoag Emerging Enterprise Center, Bay Colony Corporate Center, 1000 Winter Street, Suite 400, Waltham

The numbers tell their own story:
* By 2011 more than 70% of U.S. enterprise data centers will face tangible disruptions related to energy consumption, floor space, and costs. (Gartner)
* In 2006 U.S. data centers consumed 1.5 percent of total U.S. electricity consumption, twice the energy used in 2000. (EPA)
* An average data center uses about 50 times more energy than an office block. (BroadGroup)
* Data centers and servers will double their energy consumption to 100 billion kilowatt-hours by 2012: an annual cost to data-center owners of at least $7.4 billion. (EPA)
* To support this growth, the US would need to add the equivalent of 10 new power plants. (EPA)

As Mark Monroe, director of sustainable computing at Sun Microsystems says, "Within the next three to five years, all data centers are going to run out of either space, power or cooling, and face some sort of resource crisis". But Massachusetts is the innovation capital of the world, and this program is the first in a series of IT-oriented sessions that will address issues of energy and clean technologies. Our panel of industry executives and energy innovators is addressing an opportunity for quick success in reducing energy use and heat inside data centers:

- Philip Giudice, Commissioner, Division of Energy Resources, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

- David Kopans, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Fat Spaniel Technologies, Inc. (moderator)
- Tom Humphrey, American Power Conversion
- Richard Lechner, Vice President, IT Optimization and System Software, IBM
- Bob Pappagianopoulos, Corporate Director, Technical Services and Operations; Chief Information Security Officer, Partners HealthCare System, Inc.
- Wayne Sawchuk, President of Data Center Operations, ColoSpace

Our panel of industry executives and energy innovators will address such topics as:
- What are the short- and long- term risks and opportunities at the intersection of info tech and green tech?
- How is your data center managed now - in house, leased space, global distribution?
- What issues do you face with different data center models?
- Have you adopted policies and best practices to support energy goals?
- Are you implementing new technologies now?
- What are the characteristics of a green data center?
- Do security and regulatory issues factor into your decisions?
- Are your green initiatives connected with your corporate social responsibility efforts?
- What's your favorite big idea for the green future?