BETHESDA, MD — October 29, 2010 — EDG2, a global engineering design firm specializing in the design and engineering of complex mission-critical facilities, completed its second annual Technical Summit, which featured major presentations on maximizing facility performance, efficiency and reliability.
This by invitation only Technical Summit, which included more than 75 data center executives of Fortune 500 companies, US government agencies, and web hosting companies, heard presentations from leading industry practitioners and EDG2 experts. "This year's Technical Summit addressed some of the primary issues confronting the data center industry today, including operational efficiencies, energy costs, reliability and safety, said Shadi Makarechi, Senior Vice President of EDG2. "It left all the attendees with a clear sense of the practical solutions that can be implemented to overcome the major challenges data center owners and operators face."
Shariar Zaimi, CEO and Chairman of EDG2, opened the summit with an overview of the day's events and an introduction for David Boston, president, David Boston Consulting, whose keynote address provided practical insights into Maximizing Data Center Facilities Operations. Mr. Boston noted that with facilities related downtime for computer operations caused by human error 60 to 80 percent of the time, data center operators need to place a far greater emphasis on training. Stating, Processes are just as critical as equipment, he compared data center facilities with commercial airlines, nuclear power plants and U.S. Navy nuclear submarines, all critical operations with a far greater commitment to training than what is prevalent in the data center industry today.
A presentation by EDG2 Vice President Kevin McCarthy looked ahead at the emergence of High Performance Computing in the Data Center environment. Noting that cluster-based supercomputers are likely to become a mainstream solution for data centers that require high-availability clusters for 24x7 transaction processing, he stated: "In the near future, HPC will also become a required computing platform for Internet content providers if the forecast of a 3D Internet within five to ten years is accurate. And compared with today™s typical data center, an HPC facility will require dramatic increases in power and cooling capacity."
The Practical Use of Air Flow Modeling was the focus of a talk by EDG2 Vice President John Garner. Geoff Cope, Vice President and Chief Electrical Engineer, followed with a discussion of the Business Case Behind Reliability. An analysis of Arc Flash offered insights into new electrical safety guidelines issued by NFPA, NIOSH and IEEE. This was presented by Paul Gill, Corporate Vice President of EDG2™s Electrical Power Technology Division.
The final presentation, by Jim McEnteggart, Vice President of EDG2™s sister company Primary Integration, focused on Data Center Cogeneration. McEnteggart discussed the significant environmental and energy efficiency benefits of implementing a cogeneration system in a data center environment as well as the many challenges data center designers face when configuring a cost effective system.
A global award winning engineering design firm, EDG2 ( www.edg2.com) is the industry™s pre-eminent leader in the development of 24 x forever continuous uptime data centers and telecommunications facilities. The firm specializes in the innovative design and engineering of mission critical facilities such as data centers, digital hospitals, network operation centers, trading floors, call centers, telecommunication switch sites (central office facilities), broadcast facilities and complex structures. Its clients include Fortune 500 corporations, leading financial institutions, government agencies, major healthcare centers, colleges and universities, and commercial and industrial end users requiring reliable fault tolerant, maintenance tolerant and change tolerant infrastructures.
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