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Data Centers

Data Center Day, a conference within the VERGE SF conference, is a one-day event exploring next-generation efficiencies for data centers. The focus is data centers from the corporate ecosystems perspective, bringing together key parts of the value chain: hardware and software companies, data center and facility managers, energy and sustainability executives, and data users in both the corporate and public sectors. 

* Wednesday, October 16 2013

Keynote Interview: The Road to 100% Renewables

The former EPA Administrator, now Apple's sustainability chief, talks about the company's commitment to 100% renewable power, among other initiatives. Read more…

Presented by: Lisa Jackson VP of Environmental Initiatives, Apple

In conversation with: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

Keynote Interview: The Financial Case for Refreshing Data Centers

A conversation about how to talk with finance about sustainability projects. Find out how one CFO looks at sustainability inside his company and finds the business case for refreshing their data centers ahead of schedule. Read more…

Presented by: Mike Lucki Chief Financial Officer, CH2M HILL

In conversation with: John Davies VP, Senior Analyst, GreenBiz Group

Keynote Interview: The Legacy of Good Plan

Dell’s Chief Sustainability Officer Trisa Thompson will discuss the challenges of setting long-term goals, the surprising revelations that process uncovered, and how Dell is embarking on a journey to create a positive, measurable and lasting legacy of good. Read more…

Presented by: Trisa Thompson VP, Corporate Responsibility, Dell

In conversation with: Heather Clancy Senior Writer, GreenBiz

Keynote Interview: The Future of Data Centers

With data centers consuming increasing amounts of energy and water, how does a company committed to being carbon neutral think about the road ahead? Read more…

Presented by: Joe Kava Vice President, Data Centers, Google

In conversation with: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

Keynote Interview: How Technology Transforms Institutions

The power of technology is limited by the ability of people and organizations to adapt to new ways of doing things. In some cases, that means changing organizational models and strategies. Read more…

Presented by: Jonathan Koomey Research Fellow, Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center on Energy Policy & Finance

In conversation with: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

VERGE Talk: One Dashboard to Rule Them All

How do you measure the productivity of an engine that helped enable $175 billion dollars worth of commerce volume in 2012? Join Dean Nelson, as he introduces eBay's Digital Service Efficiency metric, the Miles Per Gallon equivalent for technical infrastructure. http://tech.ebay.com/dashboard Read more…

Presented by: Dean Nelson VP, Global Foundation Services, eBay

The Lifecycle Impacts of Data Centers

Most "green IT" initiatives are focused on the energy used in powering and cooling the IT equipment and maintaining the infrastructure, but the total impact of IT extends from the moment the raw materials are sourced through the disposal of equipment and decommissioning of the building. Read more…

Presented by: Pierre Delforge Director, High Tech Sector Energy Efficiency, NRDC; John Pflueger Principal Environmental Strategist, Dell; Christophe Garnier Environment Standardization & Regulation, Schneider Electric; Mark Monroe CTO and VP, DLB Associates

In conversation with: Kathrin Winkler Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, EMC Corporation, Board Member, The Green Grid

How the Data Center Model Must Evolve

The data centers that run our digital lives already account for approximately 1.3 percent of worldwide electricity use. With the rate of data growth, are we also seeing unsustainable growth of energy use in the data center? Read more…

Presented by: Patrick Flynn Lead Sustainability Strategist, IO; Peter Gross VP, Mission Critical Systems, Bloom Energy; Dale Sartor Applications Team Leader, Building Technologies Department, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

In conversation with: Jonathan Koomey Research Fellow, Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center on Energy Policy & Finance

Data Center Resilience in a Post-Sandy World

The session is focused on the lessons learned from the disruption of the digital supply chain. Read more…

Presented by: Stephen Gordon US East Sales & Market Development, vCloud Hybrid Services, VMware; Dean Nelson VP, Global Foundation Services, eBay; Rob Bernard Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft; Jakob Carnemark CEO, Aligned Energy

In conversation with: Bob Savage VP Sales, Inertech Systems

Tackling the Colo Conundrum

The panel will discuss the challenges to achieving data center efficiency faced by operators that don’t have full control over the IT infrastructure, especially colocation providers (a.k.a. "colos"). Read more…

Presented by: Nicole Peill-Moelter Director of Environmental Sustainability, Akamai Technologies; Sukrit Sehgal Director, Sustainability and Recoveries, Quality Technology Services; Hans Huberland Data Center Director, Rackspace

In conversation with: KC Mares President & CEO, MegaWatt Consulting

Overcoming Challenges In Net Zero Energy Retrofits

It's one thing to envision and create a net-zero energy building from scratch, but most organizations might not have that opportunity. So what does it take to transform an existing office building into one with a net-zero energy footprint? Read more…

Presented by: Whitney Dorn Sustainability Leader, DPR Construction; Bob Smith Director, Energy Marketing Solutions, Eaton; Pierre Delforge Director, High Tech Sector Energy Efficiency, NRDC; Kristina Skierka President, Katalytix

In conversation with: Heather Clancy Senior Writer, GreenBiz

The Future of Low-Carbon Internet Power

This discussion will explore the motivations, obstacles, and opportunities for data centers to source low-carbon power. Read more…

Presented by: Dean Nelson VP, Global Foundation Services, eBay; Dave Rotheroe Distinguished Technologist - Global IT Infrastructure and Operations, Hewlett Packard; Jim Grice Partner, Lathrop & Gage LLP

In conversation with: Ryan Schuchard Manager, Climate and Energy, BSR