Have you registered yet? if not, here is the link. The registration fee jumps on October 1st so get your early pricing over the next few days. If you are an international journalist with credentials, and would like to attend at no charge, please contact me by email so that I can arrange a pass for you. We were covered by the European and Japanese press last year and would like more post-event articles published. I will be moderating a panel the morning of the event, October 14th at Brocade corporate headquarters.
Did you see this article I wrote for Rich Miller's blog? I covered Paul Brenner's novel use of waste heat from his data center at Notre Dame University - it warms the greenhouse for tropical plants.
It seems to me that from a big picture perspective, we now have enough knowledge and experience to shed load from our data centers nationwide, and mitigate grid overload. The roughly 3% of total electricity load used by data centers and everything connected to the data center is about the same as the peak load that the grid nationwide needs to turn down in emergency situations or climate-induced loads (i.e., really hot days when everyone uses their airconditioner). We now know how to proactively address that demand response situation in our data centers, AND we are reading about new servers, racks, and equipment that will use 50% less energy than existing models on raised floors today. I like to think of the data center load as a shadow grid, one that can ease the tension in the real consumer power grid on an as-needed basis.
Now back to the other conundrum - water, drought, and chilled water systems. It has been a year since I started to write about drought conditions in the same areas of the country as our data center clusters are located. But that has not gained traction in the minds of end users, to my knowledge. Any comments? Have a green day!