Caterpillar is a long-time sponsor of the 7x24 Exchange conference where mission critical professionals, who design, build, and operate data centers, come together twice a year to trade ideas on how to improve uptime and energy efficiency. The 2014 7x24 Exchange spring conference is scheduled for June 1-4 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Florida.
The 25th anniversary event titled, “The Data Revolution Conference”, offers in-depth training, case study analyses, refresher courses, technical presentations and panel discussions that highlight trending topics in the data center industry. A silver sponsor of the event, Caterpillar will host the opening reception on Sunday, June 1where attendees can network and interact with conference speakers, board members and other industry professionals.
Attendees can expect an array of topics at this year’s event. Four milestone presentations—including a major IT infrastructure consolidation, the very first graduate degree program for data center industry professionals, an in-depth quantitative facility analysis, and a trending data center infrastructure management strategy—will provide insight to various factors affecting the industry today. We’ve provided a snapshot of each presentation below:
Two New World-Class Data Centers from General Motors
Monday, June 2 at 10 a.m.
As the data center industry matures, many organizations have multiple data center sites that have been developed over a period of years. Many include both modern and legacy systems, which can be difficult to manage separately. General Motors (GM) addressed this challenge by consolidating 23global data centers into two new world-class locations.
A number of benefits, including increased global leverage, enhanced security and reliability, and improved integration across vast data repositories, is expected to reduce GM’s IT energy consumption by 70 percent. Additionally, GM is expecting a facility payoff in less than 10 years. The session will cover the vision behind the project and information on the cutting-edge infrastructure.
The First Graduate Degree Program for Data Professionals
Monday, June 2 at noon
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, at least four million people work in data center operations. That number is expected to increase by 800,000 in 2016, and by an additional two million by 2018. The statistics also indicate that approximately70 percent of these data center professionals will have at least a bachelor’s degree.
Higher education recognized the needs of the industry when Southern Methodist University introduced the first, complete graduate degree program for data center professionals in March 2014. The Master of Science program formalizes academic training and specifically targets the needs of today’s industry professionals. The new curriculum offers five core courses with electives in three technical areas including facilities, infrastructure and subsystems; data systems engineering and analytics; and computer networks, virtualization, security and cloud computing. This session will focus on the rationale and importance behind the new program.
Quantitative Comparison of Electrical Elements Critical Facility from eBay
Tuesday, June 3 at 9:00 a.m.
Many companies use multiple mission-critical data centers with a wide variety of architectures and features to support core enterprise activities all over the world. eBay partnered with MTechnology, Inc. to evaluate its own system reliability and identify components and subsystems that are likely to contribute to system failure. This session reveals the research findings and explores how firms might determine the best reliability and risk management strategies for particular applications.
Field Technologies and Lifecycle Infrastructure Management
Wednesday, June 4 at 8:45 a.m.
As field equipment and management systems continue to evolve, data center designers and managers are looking for tools to create operations that are more efficient. Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solutions, which provide detailed information on entire systems, can help bridge the gap between IT and facility management. This session will focus on state-of-the-art technologies and real-world DCIM features that improve data lifecycle management.
Data center professionals are facing an array of challenges at every turn. Therefore, it’s important for industry leaders to come together and collaborate on solutions that will help improve mission critical facility efficiency and uptime. Groups like 7x24 Exchange help move the industry forward by providing a place where people can connect.
The 2014 spring conference begins on June 2 at 8:30 a.m. with a keynote presentation from John Sculley, former CEO of Apple and former president of Pepsi, who will discuss the potential impact of the cloud, Internet and unstructured data science. For more information, view the 2014 spring conference schedule online.
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