That’s right folks, another summit, but oh no, not just any other summit, this is the 2009 SVLG Data Center Energy Efficiency Demonstration Program Summit, or DCEES (Data Center Energy Efficiency Summit). Originally the brain child of Ray Pfiefer, LBNL, and the CEC, the idea is simple: share energy efficiency improvements by end-users from end-users for end-users. Really simple.
As data center owners, operators and customers, we are keenly concerned about downtime of our data centers, so we tend to shy away from making upgrades unless absolutely necessary, even if it means saving money, and in some cases lots of money. And we also tend to de-value the savings estimates from our vendors as having a reduced level of credibility like clothes detergent commercials saying clothes come out cleanest with their product.
So we pull together technology partners and data center end-users to try out a new technology or process and share the results, good or bad, energy and cost savings. And then the end-user writes a brief case study showcasing the results, the results are peer reviewed or audited by a utility for a rebate, and at the summit, the end-user themselves share their experiences with this new process or product and the actual results. Again, it’s simple. And the concept is too. By sharing what we are doing, we collaborate with each other. And thru collaboration comes innovation. And thru innovation we all gain by reducing our energy use and costs. Meanwhile, the end-user that shared that latest trick is already on to the next one while the rest of the industry catches up, together we all improve.
It’s a fantastic way to reduce our costs, grow our economy, reduce our environmental footprints and implement real solutions that work. And knowing what the challenges and benefits of implementation are from our peers, we can proceed with little risk.
We all gain, we all get educated, and we all get better together. Now isn’t that a program we can all stand behind? At this year’s summit we’ll be showcasing dozens of great case studies from various end users and small and large technology companies, technologies we’ve been hearing about and thinking about. Show up at our Summit on October 15th, at our host’s facility, NetApp, in Sunnyvale, CA. It’s an all day event, full of information, presentations by data center end-users, and meet many in the industry to share ideas, collaborate, and work on that next great idea together. Register and see the full agenda at: http://dcee.svlg.org/
See you there!