Data Center World Opening Day Highlights

ORLANDO - In sunny Florida, data center professionals and facilities managers gathered at the AFCOM's Data Center World Fall event to hear about current technologies and innovations in efficiency as well as what lies ahead for the data center industry. The Monday morning keynote from Intel, the speaker noted the tremendous amount of data generated by all kinds of devices, or a "sea of sensors" which IDC is projeccting to be 8.1 zetabytes annually by 2015. The data center is the mechanism by which that data is stored, analyzed, shared, processed, retrieved, and generally managed. Here's some highlights from Day One of the event.

AFCOM President Tom Roberts greeted Data Center World fall attendees in Orlando. He spoke about the need for data center managers to focus on learning about what's coming in the future, or

AFCOM President Tom Roberts greeted Data Center World fall attendees in Orlando. He spoke about the need for data center managers to focus on learning about what's coming in the future, or "what's over the next hill." (Photo by Colleen Miller.)

Shannon Poulin, vice president of Intel's Datacenter and Connected Systems Group, delivered the keynote Monday at AFCOM's Data Center World conference in Orlando. He noted that IT has evolved from a unit that supports the business, to a function that is central to the business, and now in some cases IT

Shannon Poulin, vice president of Intel's Datacenter and Connected Systems Group, delivered the keynote Monday at AFCOM's Data Center World conference in Orlando. He noted that IT has evolved from a unit that supports the business, to a function that is central to the business, and now in some cases IT "is" the business.(Photo by Colleen Miller.)

Donna Manley, IT Senior Director at University of Pennsylvania, asks a question during the keynote session Monday.

Donna Manley, IT Senior Director at University of Pennsylvania, asks a question during the keynote session Monday. (Photo by Colleen Miller.)

Thomas Lawrence, Director, Global Facilities Engineering, Dell, presented about heat wheels, which are used in fresh air cooling. (Photo by Colleen Miller.)

Thomas Lawrence, Director, Global Facilities Engineering at Dell, presented about heat wheels, which are used in fresh air cooling. (Photo by Colleen Miller.)

In addition to the morning keynote, Monday's schedule was full with sessions and opportunity to meet with industry peers.

Mark Mull, Global Marketing Manager, Eaton, gave a presentation Monday about reducing energy costs, while improving uptime. (Photo by Colleen Miller.)

Mark Mull, Global Marketing Manager for Eaton, gave a presentation about reducing energy costs, while improving uptime. (Photo by Colleen Miller.)

For participants who arrived Sunday, there were a number of workshops and networking events. The evening reception was well-attended and featured a way to relax and re-connect with colleagues and make new connections as well. (Photos by Colleen Miller.)

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