At ETech, Data Center World

It's conference time: updates from ETech and AFCOM's Data Center World.

This week's theme is Data Center Knowledge on the road. Monday afternoon I took part in a panel at the O'Reilly Radar Executive Briefing as part of the ETech conference in San Diego. The theme was "Investing in Data Center Construction," prompted by a blog post by Paul Kedrosky at Infectious Greed and our response here at DCK. Tim O'Reilly served as moderator, putting questions to Paul and I on the growth of the data center sector and areas where innovation is providing some opportunities for investors (see photos of the session on Flickr). A lot of the discussion focused on data center power, an issue that came up in several other panels as well. It was a really interesting day, with an extraordinary amount of intellectual bandwidth in the room.

Our focus now shifts to AFCOM's Data Center World conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The next couple days will be jammed with presentations on ongoing challenges and new technologies to address them. Stay tuned for updates.