New Season of Data Center Design Roundtables

By: Courtney O’Regan, Communications Director

Planning is underway for another season of data center design roundtable sessions. The program, which we tested out last year, is an opportunity for facilities and IT professionals to convene and discuss the latest  trends in data center design.

What worked well last year? Hot topics (we focused on green data center design), comfortable setting (it’s not actually a round table, it’s more like a rectangle. But everyone gets a comfy seat and an opportunity to contribute to the conversation), and beer. Yes, each evening session commenced with beer and snacks from our favorite caterer, Butcher & a Baker.

We’re beefing up our program this year with monthly sessions, new times (breakfast for the early birds and evenings for the night owls), and a fresh slew of data center design topics.

Data center operators — if you’re interested in attending any of our sessions, please contact me at I’ll save you a seat.

 Impacts on Data Center Design from the ASHRAE 90.1-2010 Energy Standard

Tue, Feb 7                                                          Breakfast Session: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

The Department of Energy recently recognized ASHRAE 90.1-2010 as the new nation­al energy standard. By October 13, 2013, all states must have a commercial building code that meets the requirements of the new guidelines. Join us for a conversation on specific changes that will impact your data center design planning.

Battle of Power Distribution Strategies

Wed, Mar 14                                                     Breakfast Session: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

There has been much discussion about the different power distribution strategies for data centers. Integrated Design Group Principal, Dennis Julian, PE, ATD, DCEP told BICSI Magazine that 480/277 V would emerge as the new standard. Facebook echoed this conclusion at their Open Compute Summit. Learn why thought leaders are predicting a move toward 480/277 V power architecture in data centers.

How Do You Improve an Existing Data Center?

Tue, Apr 10                                                        Evening Session: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

This session is for the data center operator who wants controls changes that can be made in the data center immediately, at no cost and translate into instant savings. Bring your questions and suggestions regarding an effective “data center tune-up.”

What Does Modular Mean?

Tue, May 22                                                         Evening Session: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

What are the different types of modular data center design and which ones are emerging as the most innovative? As a follow-up to our 2011 session, we will discuss ISO-container, true modular, and off-site construction designs. Plus Integrated Design will unveil its one-of-a-kind modular data center design.

PUE: Location, Location, Location

Tue, Jun 19                                                           Breakfast Session: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Join Integrated Design Group for a discussion on why location is the big factor when it comes to determining which technologies can best be used by data centers to lower their Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE).


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