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Data Center Power Efficiency, Guidelines Explored at DCA Roadshow
Last Tuesday, Server Technology headed to Washington D.C. for an event called “DCA Roadshow,” sponsored by the Data Center Alliance, of which Server Technology is a member. The Data Center Alliance, which was formed to provide a centralized, comprehensive source for building successful IT infrastructures, aims to serve as the central repository of data center/server room products and services and to provide IT decision makers with a clear understanding of the different solutions available for their IT infrastructures.
“The DCA Roadshow is a professional but fairly informal environment where data center industry experts can come together to discuss new product offerings, network with their peers and get updated on what is going on in the industry today,” Server Technology’s Senior Director of Software and Firmware Development Calvin Nicholson told TMCnet.
In addition to networking opportunities, the event featured a session titled "Creative Concepts for Increasing Data Center Efficiency," presented by DCA members Eaton (News - Alert)/Wright Line, Fieldview Solutions, Minicom, PDI and Server Technology’s Nicholson. Other featured sessions included a keynote address by RJ Meyers of Energy Star called “Promoting Energy Efficiency in Data Centers with Energy Star,” and a keynote speech led by Herb Villa called, “Review of the new ASHRAE Thermal Guidelines and What They Mean to You." The event concluded with a panel discussion moderated by David Zucker of Minicom (News - Alert).
According to Nicholson, the lectures boasted “great attendance with almost every seat filled.”
“We learned what Energy Star was up to and what future products they are looking to adopt into their program and Herb Villa explained what ASHRAE technical committee was up to and how their new changes effected the operation and efficiency of data centers today,” Nicholson said.
“Great interaction and questions took place between the audience and presenters as the meeting was held in an open format with questions welcome,” he added. “In the end, the group struggled with ideals like who cares how hot the hot isle gets and hot isles and power monitoring again took center stage with several discussions on both the value and types of monitoring.
In addition to “the interesting conversations” that took place, Nicholson said the event provided an opportunity for participants to learn about the vendors. For example, PDI shed light on the fact that it has recently been purchased and FieldView discussed the DCIM market and gave predictions for the future, among other things.Server Technology has had a lot of news to share recently, particularly the fact that it has released 220 products this year alone and has recently unveiled the industry’s first seamless system for data center power management, with the release of SPM v5.0 combined with the latest version 6.1 update to the intelligent cabinet (CDU) family of power distribution units (PDU.)
Carrie Schmelkin is a Web Editor for TMCnet. Previously, she worked as Assistant Editor at the New Canaan Advertiser, a 102-year-old weekly newspaper, covering news and enhancing the publication's social media initiatives. Carrie holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a bachelor's degree in English from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Jamie Epstein
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