Scenes from Uptime - Panels and Expo

Some of the highlights of the Uptime Symposium were panel discussions that brought together groups of data center engineers and executives. Meanwhile, the exposition hall offered an opportunity for vendors to interact and network with conference delegates. Here's a look at some scenes from the panel discussions and expo.

Is custom hardware the key to alow PUE? Or can best practices do the trick? That was the topic for a panel featuring,from left, Chris Malone of Google, Steven Press from Kaiser Permanente, Ken Brill of The Uptime Institute and Juan MurguĂ­a of CEMEX.

Microsoft General Manager of Datacenter Research Christian Belady and Mike Wills, Director of Facilities Management at BMO Financial Group, discuss data center design in a Tuesday panel.

The winning team in the 2011 Green Enterprise IT Awards for Outstanding Facilities Product in a User Deployment were OpenGate Data and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) for an intelligent containment system. Winners pictured include Eric Swanson, data center Manager for AAFC (seconf from left) and Mark Germagian, the CEO of OpenGate Data (center).

This 12-foot by 7-foot touchscreen video wall provides interactive tours of the data centers operated by i/o Data Centers.

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