Scenes from 7X24 Exchange Fall Conference

About 750 participants involved in mission critical facilities attended the first day of of the 7X24 Exchange Fall Conference at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. The event featured speakers from Microsoft, Digital Realty Trust, RagingWire Data Centers and others and opportunities for end users to network.

Amaya Souarez

Amaya Souarez, Microsoft's Director of Data Center Strategy and Automation, discussed 'capacity planning. She focuses on optimizing capacity, while ensuring that Microsot doesn't run short of IT capacity. (Photo: Colleen Miller)

Steve Fairfax

Steve Fairfax, of MTechnology, presented his findings of a recent study of Power Secure's standby power generation. His evaluation of generator failures included incidences of failure to start and failure to run. Overall, he predicts the country will see more outages of utility power in the future, thus making standby generation even more critical. (Photo: Colleen Miller)

Bob Cassiliano

Bob Cassiliano, chairman & CEO of 7X24 Exchange, welcomed the participants, moderated the sessions and managed questions from the audience. (Photo: Colleen Miller)


Jim Kennedy, director of critical facility engineering for RagingWire Data Centers, presented a session about water usage and how he addressed it when developing the recently opened RagingWire facility in Ashburn, Va. (Photo: Colleen Miller)

Ice Cream

The afternoon break included a Make-Your-Own-Sundae bar for a sweet treat. (Photo: Colleen Miller)