Scenes From Data Center World Spring 2013

More than 1,000 data center professionals from 26 countries around the world gathered this week in Las Vegas for Data Center World Spring 2013 at the Mandalay Bay conference center. The event kicked off Monday with in-depth tutorials, several keynote sessions, and a reception. The conference is sponsored by AFCOM, the leading professional group for data center managers. Here's a look at some of the action from Day One:

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The South Seas ballroom at the Mandalay Bay was filled with data center managers during Monday's keynote presentation by Microsoft's Brian Janous. (Photo: Josh Ater)

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Rich Miller, the Editor in Chief of Data Center Knowledge, moderated the keynote panel on lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy. (Photo: Colleen Miller)

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Donna Manley. the IT Senior Director of Computer Operations at the University of Pennsylvania, describes some of the disaster planning issues raised by Superstorm Sandy during Monday's keynote panel. (Photo: Colleen Miller)

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During Monday's keynote at Data Center World, Microsoft Utility Architect Brian Janous described the company's thinking on energy sourcing and innovative approacvhes to powering cloud data centers with renewable energy from local sources like landfills and water treatment plants. (Photo: Josh Ater)

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Following the keynotes, the 1,000-plus delegates got a chance to network with one another at a special reception on the third floor of the Mandalay Bay conference center. (Photo: Josh Ater)

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The setting for the reception provided a view of the many resort properties along Las Vegas' famous Strip, including the Luxor pyramid and the MGM Grand. (Photo: Josh Ater)