Thursday, October 9, 2014 · 8 am–4 pm
Hilton Garden Inn Madison West/Middleton, Middleton, WI
Cost: $169

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As a result of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify information technology trends that are driving the adoption of energy efficiency measures and technologies in data centers.
  • Define ten energy efficiency measures related to the specification and operation of computing and data storage equipment.
  • Describe the most important factors affecting the energy efficiency of power delivery and conditioning equipment for data centers.
  • Explain the environmental operating conditions required in data centers based on new industry standards and practices.
  • Identify best practices for delivering cooling to data centers including system design, specification and operation; airflow management; and controls.
  • Communicate the barriers to the adoption of energy efficiency measures, technologies and best practices; and strategies for addressing those barriers.

Who should attend?
Data center developers, owners and managers; chief technology, information and technical operations officers; computer and information systems managers; information technology directors, managers and administrators; engineers; and anyone interested in energy efficient information technology data centers and infrastructure.

Pop quiz
Test your knowledge of data center and IT infrastructure energy efficiency

Is your information technology department doing all it can to save energy? From server closets to massive, stand-alone facilities; data centers of any size are prime candidates for energy efficiency upgrades due to their energy intensive nature. Join us during this full-day course to explore the latest IT trends that are driving the adoption of energy efficiency measures and technologies. We’ll take a close look at various infrastructure management approaches, IT equipment specification and management measures, cooling designs and more through lecture and real-world case studies. In addition, we’ll discuss the barriers to adoption of energy efficiency initiatives, as well as the strategies to overcome those barriers.

7:30 am: Registration and continental breakfast
8 am–4 pm: Program (lunch and breaks provided)

The registration fee for attending this full-day course is $169, which includes continental breakfast and lunch. There is limited availability, so you are encouraged to register early.

General information
Site information will be sent with your enrollment confirmation. If you have any special needs (e.g. dietary, physical), please let us know at the time of registration. All requests will be kept confidential.

Photo and video rights
We reserve the right to use photographs taken during the event for promotional purposes. Also, this program may be video taped for future publication.

Please note that in order to receive continuing education credits, you must be present for the entire training; partial credit cannot be given.

AFE This program supports a topic within the Body of Knowledge outlined by the Association for Facilities Engineering CPE/CPMM/CPS Certification Programs, and should count as 0.65 CEUs (6.5 hours) toward re-certification.

BOMI This course is approved for 6.5 continuing professional development points toward renewal of the professional designations offered by BOMI International.

GBCI The Energy Center of Wisconsin is a provider of GBCI approved courses for continuing education. This is a GBCI approved course and offers 6.5 CE hours. The Energy Center of Wisconsin is also a USGBC Education Partner.

IACET The Energy Center of Wisconsin has been accredited as an authorized provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training. As an IACET Authorized Provider, the Energy Center of Wisconsin offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET standard. The Energy Center of Wisconsin is authorized by IACET to offer 0.7 CEUs for this program.

WI PE This course qualifies for up to 6.5 PDHs for professional engineers in the state of Wisconsin. The registrant must verify that the course content is related to their area of professional practice (more information).

This course is currently being reviewed by additional continuing education accreditation organizations. Please check back for up-to-date information.

Industry trends

  • Data center growth
  • EPA report to congress
  • Emergence of “utility scale” data centers and the challenges they present
  • On-the-ground challenges

The compelling opportunity: energy efficiency

  • Where does energy go in the data center?
  • Benchmarking and analysis
  • Power usage effectiveness and other metrics
  • Metering and monitoring systems and data center infrastructure management
  • Energy efficiency measures, technologies and best practices

IT equipment

  • Virtualization
  • Server efficiency
  • Refresh strategies
  • Data storage measures
  • Efficiency versus utilization


  • Equipment efficiency
  • Power management
  • Thin-client
  • Multi-user computing

Power delivery and conditioning

  • Power supply (and loss) chain
  • Uninterruptible power supply loading
  • Efficiency strategies
    • High efficiency equipment
    • Modular systems
    • Internally modular systems
  • Loading best practices
  • Backup generators
  • Self generation

Environmental conditions in data centers

  • Conditions requirements, recommendations and necessities
  • Overcooling data centers and moving around too much air

Data center cooling

  • Air-side and water-side free-cooling
  • Airflow management and containment
  • Airflow control systems
  • Close-coupled and liquid cooling solutions

Case studies

  • Water-side economizer retrofit
  • Server room design using office return air
  • Thermal management control system

Close and call to action

  • Classic split incentive problem
  • Justification of projects on the basis of “The Four Cs”
    • Cost savings
    • Capacity savings
    • Competition
    • Commitment to the environment
  • Partnering with your utility
  • Additional resources
Hilton Garden Inn Madison West/Middleton
1801 Deming Way
Middleton , WI

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